August 2009

Video Essay for The Lusty Men (1952, Nicholas Ray)

This video essay was produced for The Auteurs Notebook as part of their coverage of the Nicholas Ray retrospective at New York’s Film Forum. It can be viewed exclusively on their site for this week, after which it will be posted on YouTube and Shooting Down Pictures.

Go to the original full entry on The Lusty Men.

Best of the Decade Derby: Lost in Translation video essay with Stephanie Zacharek

Another video essay for the Film in Focus Rewatch series. This one’s on Lost in Translation, which many considered the best film of 2003 and one of the best of the decade. I personally wouldn’t go quite that far, but I’m glad to have someone like Stephanie Zacharek of to make the case in this video essay, by honing in on one moment and exploring what makes it, and Sofia Coppola’s direction, beautiful and unique among American films.

Also be sure to check out Stephanie’s recent interview with Dennis Cozzalio of Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, where she dishes on her development as a film critic, what it’s like to be one half of a film critic couple, and films both recent and past that have brought out her true sensibilities as a critic.

Best of the Decade Derby: Encounters at the End of the World roundtable podcast with “Werner Herzog”


When I took an open call for documentary suggestions for Best of the Decade Derby back in March, there was a strong showing of enthusiasm for Werner Herzog’s recent works: White Diamond, Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World. We picked the latter for a Best of the Decade group screening followed by a discussion – We talked about how Herzog imposes his vision on the documentary format, the tragic humor of suicidal penguins, and which of Herzog’s many movies are our favorites. At the end, we were visited briefly by none other than “Werner Herzog” himself!

Podcast audio is here (right click to download).  A big thanks to participants Ben Simington, Gina Telaroli and Daniel Kasman.

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