Nick Pinkerton

Breaking the Waves

Nick Pinkerton on Wavelengths at the Toronto International Film Festival

September 2016

WHILE MOST FILM FESTIVALS can’t be accurately encapsulated in anything close to comprehensive fashion, summing up the Toronto International Film Festival would be next to impossible. Founded a year before the Blue Jays, in 1976, as the … READ ON

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Wise Guy

Nick Pinkerton on “Woman with a Movie Camera” at Anthology Film Archives

September 2016

ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ—then just plain Alice Guy—was working as a secretary for Léon Gaumont’s photographic equipment company when the boss received an invitation to an event hosted by Auguste and Louis Lumière, two brothers from Lyon, … READ ON

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The Other Woman

Nick Pinkerton on José Luis Guerín’s The Academy of Muses

August 2016

THE CATALAN FILMMAKER José Luis Guerín has been making movies for more than thirty years now, in the process never achieving more than niche notoriety. In part this may be attributed to the elusiveness of his work, which has moved freely … READ ON

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Gold Finger

Nick Pinkerton on Jacob Ciocci

July 2016

THE WONDERFUL, HORRIBLE WEB 2.0 YEARS, with their bounty of image, information, and emotion, have been accompanied by the emergence of a pervasive satirical style whose basic tenets are overkill and gluttony. Like the parent who finds you … READ ON

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Piano Lessons

Nick Pinkerton on “Seriously Funny: The Films of Leo McCarey”

July 2016

DIRECTOR LEO MCCAREY was an on-set improviser, routinely jettisoning reams of screenplay to be replaced, he hoped, by happy (and funny) accident. When the muse was proving elusive, he would retreat to a piano he kept at hand for just such … READ ON

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Family Ties

Nick Pinkerton on Hirokazu Koreeda’s Our Little Sister

July 2016

HIROKAZU KOREEDA’S OUR LITTLE SISTER provides more than a few picturesque views—though at bottom it’s about the torturous process that needs to be gone through before those views can be enjoyed, of letting down a fixed smile long enough… READ ON

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Mad World

Nick Pinkerton on Wang Bing’s ’Til Madness Do Us Part

June 2016

’TIL MADNESS DO US PART is a movie in constant motion, with nowhere at all to go—at times the handheld camera seems literally to be bouncing off of the walls. Even when the frame is still, in the background there are always bodies in … READ ON

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Binge Drinking

Nick Pinkerton on “Tales of Cinema: The Films of Hong Sang-soo”

June 2016

A WHILE BACK it occurred to me that I should really do something about my drinking. One day in a moment of clarity I looked around and discovered that whole swathes of my life were shrouded in a fog that gave my memories the uncertain, jumbled… READ ON

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Silver Age

Nick Pinkerton at the 2nd Nitrate Picture Show

May 2016

FOR THE SECOND TIME in as many years, cinephiles and archivists from the world over convened at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York, for the Nitrate Picture Show, a weekend-long marathon of movies projected on silver nitrate … READ ON

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Isn’t She Lovely

Nick Pinkerton on Terence Davies’s Sunset Song

May 2016

SUNSET SONG, set in the remote, raw northeast of Scotland, is a film of tranquil calm and rending, elemental emotional outbursts—which is to say, it is very much a Terence Davies picture. Davies broke through to international acclaim with… READ ON

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