Amy Taubin

Amy Taubin

FILM: BEST OF 2014

December 2014

1 GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Jean-Luc Godard) The 3-D of past, present, and future; more intimate than spectacular, although the eyes boggle as well as the mind. As revolutionary as Breathless was fifty-four years ago.  2 BOYHOOD (Richard … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2014 [TOC]

Love on Top

Amy Taubin on Beyond the Lights

November 2014

NO, GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD’S Beyond the Lights is not as great as her debut feature Love & Basketball (2000), which is at the top of my list of exhilarating, contemporary American coming-of-age romances. I know that Time magazine believes … READ ON

FILM

Robert Wilson’s The Old Woman

PERFORMANCE

November 2014

I ATTENDED two performances of Robert Wilson’s The Old Woman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this past June, the first out of curiosity about what Wilson would do with the oddball coupling of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe, the second… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2014 [TOC]

David Cronenberg’s Consumed and Maps to the Stars

FILM

October 2014

THE AMUSE-BOUCHE that arrives just after the opening of Consumed, David Cronenberg’s hilariously oral first novel (just out from Scribner), is an assortment of tooth-marked body parts that once belonged to Célestine Arosteguy, half of … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2014 [TOC]

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Amy Taubin on Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick

August 2014

IN THE FIVE YEARS PRIOR TO 1900, average life expectancy in the US increased from thirty-nine to forty-seven years; cities were gradually wired for electricity, which replaced gas illumination; the x-ray was invented and also the motion-picture… READ ON

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Ice Age

Amy Taubin on Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz's Land Ho!

July 2014

THEY ARE A SUMMER STAPLE—geezer road movies—as attractive as a humidity-inspired influx of giant water bugs. Though it follows many rules of the genre, Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz’s Land Ho! is a movie of a different order; its scenic… READ ON

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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

FILM

June 2014

TIME FLIES in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which is both a conceptual tour de force and a fragile, unassuming slice of movie life. Two hours and forty minutes in length, it depicts the maturation of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2014 [TOC]

Tunnel Vision

Amy Taubin on Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

May 2014

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE to watch Sam Fleischner’s richly textured, fully engaging Stand Clear of the Closing Doors without thinking of the terrible story of Avonte Oquendo, the autistic teenager who ran through an open door in his high school… READ ON

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Mireia Sallarès’s Little Deaths

FILM

April 2014

ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL and provocative documentaries I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been looking at movies has never had a theatrical release or been shown in a film festival anywhere. Mireia Sallarès’s 2009 Las Muertes Chiquitas … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2014 [TOC]

Hollywood Ending

Amy Taubin on Doll & Em on HBO

March 2014

A SMART AND WITTY TWIST on the reality genre, Doll & Em is a six-part series created by actors Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, and written by Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells, and Azazel Jacobs. Mortimer… READ ON

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