Melissa Anderson

Camp Camp

Melissa Anderson on Camp X-Ray

October 2014

SO MUCH OF CAMP X-RAY, writer-director Peter Sattler’s first feature, is so thuddingly didactic and yet morally obtuse that my writing anything else about the film beyond this sentence may be a further violation of the Geneva Convention. … READ ON

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The Story of Us

Melissa Anderson on Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour

October 2014

LAURA POITRAS’S CITIZENFOUR is an electrifying countdown to an epoch-altering event, unfolding in an antiseptic all-white room. Poitras had been working for at least a year on a documentary about the surveillance state—the final installment… READ ON

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New York Film Festival: Dispatch 5

Melissa Anderson on Clouds of Sils Maria and Time Out of Mind at the NYFF

October 2014

“IT’S A MOVIE in which you never forget you are watching these actresses,” director Olivier Assayas said at the press conference following the screening of his magnificent Clouds of Sils Maria, a film that explores the unstable boundaries… READ ON

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New York Film Festival: Dispatch 4

Melissa Anderson on Inherent Vice and Red Army at the New York Film Festival

October 2014

AT ONCE IRREPRESSIBLE AND DOLEFUL, Paul Thomas Anderson’s terrific THC-laced comedy noir Inherent Vice, which screened for the press just hours ahead of its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on Saturday, concerns both high times… READ ON

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Michael Roemer

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October 2014

“I’M SLIGHTLY OUT OF SYNC with my own time,” the staunchly independent filmmaker Michael Roemer, who has taught at Yale University School of Art since 1966, told the New York Times in 2004—an observation borne out by the initial … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2014 [TOC]

New York Film Festival: Dispatch 3

Melissa Anderson on Saint Laurent, Eden, and The Princess of France

September 2014

“I’VE CREATED A MONSTER and I have to live with it,” Yves Saint Laurent (Gaspard Ulliel) says, sometime in between collections in 1972, in reference to himself in Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, a slinky, heady biopic of the exalted… READ ON

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New York Film Festival: Dispatch 2

Melissa Anderson on David Fincher’s Gone Girl

September 2014

TO AN OUTSIDER, the rites and customs of heterosexual courtship and marriage, at least as depicted and dissected in several different genres of popular culture from the past decade or so—talk shows, advice books, most romantic comedies, … READ ON

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New York Film Festival: Dispatch 1

Melissa Anderson on the 52nd New York Film Festival

September 2014

ONE WEEK INTO PRESS SCREENINGS for the New York Film Festival, which begins September 26, and already the offerings—or at least their makers—have begun to infiltrate my REM sleep. During my waking hours, however, several of the supple, … READ ON

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Taylor Made

Melissa Anderson on Elizabeth Taylor in “Tennessee Williams” at Film Forum

September 2014

“ACRIMONY AND UMBRAGE, tears, door-slamming, broken dishes, jeers, cold silences, whispers, raised eyebrows, the determination to take no notice, the whole classic paraphernalia of insult and injury is Tennessee Williams’ hope-chest,”… READ ON

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Old Hat

Melissa Anderson on Billy Wilder's Fedora (1978)

September 2014

RARELY SCREENED, Billy Wilder’s penultimate film, Fedora (1978), may be a wan companion to one of his most celebrated, Sunset Boulevard (1950). But several of its tawdry observations about stardom and vanity give it a kicky kind of sordidness,… READ ON

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