Amy Taubin

Missing Link

Amy Taubin on About Elly

April 2015

WITH THEIR WIVES and young children in tow, three old friends drive from Tehran to a weekend rental on the Caspian Sea. Almost from the vacation’s first moment, things go wrong, and tiny lies snowball into matters of life and death. Asghar… READ ON

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Mouths Wide Shut

Amy Taubin on James Fotopoulos at Microscope Gallery

March 2015

BEWARE OF MOVIES in which actresses spend most of their time in eyelet-trimmed white cotton nightdresses, as does Sophie Traub in James Fotopoulos’s The Given (2015). According to the filmmaker, The Given is about “acting, performance, … READ ON

FILM

Kornél Mundruczó’s White God

FILM

March 2015

ALTHOUGH I WOULD NOT be the person I am today had I not seen Bambi as a child, I do not recommend taking kids to White God, which is similarly tender, harrowing, heartbreaking—and violent. And although the central characters of Kornél … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2015 [TOC]

Head of the Class

Amy Taubin on Julie Lopes-Curval’s High Society in Film Comment Selects

February 2015

ALICE (ANA GIRARDOT), a pretty twenty-year-old who is in her first year at the Paris fashion trades institute L’École Duperré, and Antoine (Bastien Bouillon), an attractive business major who is about to drop out of grad school to become… READ ON

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Troublé and Then Some

Amy Taubin on Agnčs Troublé’s My Name Is Hmmm… at MoMA

January 2015

DELICATE, TOUGH, and heartbreakingly sad, My Name Is Hmmm… (2013) is the first feature by Agnès Troublé, better known as the fashion designer agnès b. You’ve probably seen—maybe even worn—her “j’aime le cinéma” T-shirt. You… READ ON

FILM

Imitation of Life

Amy Taubin on The Imitation Game

January 2015

BEFORE I SAW THE IMITATION GAME all I knew about Alan Turing was that President Obama, making a speech in England in 2012, named him as one of the three greatest British scientists, the others being Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, and … READ ON

FILM

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]