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Founded in 1962 and originally released as a quarterly, Film Comment features reviews and analysis of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world.

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July-August 2012

Interviews with Adam Curtis and Oliver Stone, an excerpt from Larry Cohen memoirs about working with Bette Davis on her last film, plus Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, and Steve McQueen

May-June 2012

Includes Beasts of the Southern Wild, AIDS Documentaries, God Bless America and the films of Bobcat Goldthwait, Spaghetti Westerns, Whit Stillman, Werner Schroeter, HBO Films

March-April 2012

2011 Readers’ Poll results, interview with the Dardenne Brothers, Terence Davies’s The Deep Blue Sea, Aleksei German, Jonathan Rosenbaum remembers Gilbert Adair, This is Not a Film, grosses gloss, Attenberg, The Cabin in the Woods, Sean Penn interview

January-February 2012

The Best Films of 2011, Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, Ben Wheatley, The Iron LadyEl Sicario, Room 164The Grey, Don Siegel's The Shootist

November-December 2011

Alexander Payne, Kim Longinotto, film novelizations, François Truffaut, British miserablism, George Kuchar, Ruben Östlund’s Play, Wim Wenders's Pina, reviews of The Artist, The Skin I Live In, Tomboy, Shame + Sleeping Beauty, Edward L. Cahn

September-October 2011

Includes Amy Taubin on David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Chris Norris on Martin Scorsese's George Harrison: Living in the Material World, reviews of Restless, Drive, Machine Gun Preacher, The Debt

July-August 2011

Includes Kent Jones on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, Amy Taubin on Errol Morris's Tabloid and an interview with Morris by Nicolas Rapold, Raúl Ruiz's Mysteries of Lisbon, Chris Norris on Project Nim, reviews of Super 8, The Last Circus, and Terri. Plus, reports from Cannes.

May-June 2011

Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, David Bordwell asks why cinephiles and academics can't just get along, Andrew Sarris on Octubre, reviews of Beginners, 13 Assassins and L'Amour fou, Page One: Inside The New York Times

March-April 2011

Includes Scott Foundas on Serge Bozon and Co., Michael Koresky on Insidious, reviews of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Uncle Kent, and Cedar Rapids. Plus, Meek's Cutoff, Juliette Binoche, Sidney Poitier, and Susanne Bier

January-February 2011

Best Films of 2010, James L. Brooks in conversation with Gavin Smith, Kent Jones on Shoah, Mike Leigh interviewed by Amy Taubin, Scott Foundas on Isild Le Besco, Robinson in Ruins, reviews of Cold Weather, The Strange Case of Angelica, The Time That Remains, and True Grit, plus short takes on Carancho, The Housemaid, Into Eternity, Of Gods and Men, Twelve Thirty, and The Way Back

November-December 2010

Isabelle Huppert in conversation with Joan Dupont, Amy Taubin on White Material, Paul Haggis interviewed by Scott Foundas, Andrew Sarris on Claude Chabrol, Hot Property: Aurora by Chris Chang, Site Specifics: Chris Marker and Second Life by Jesse P. Finnegan, reviews of The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, Black Swan, and The Tempest, plus short takes on All Good Things + Blue Valentine, The Illusionist, Night Catches Us, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, and Tiny Furniture

September-October 2010

David Fincher’s The Social Network, part two of Paul Brunick’s article on the recent state of film criticism, Tom Mes on Masahiro Shinoda, Andrew Sarris on Sacha Guitry, reviews of Tamara Drewe, Nuremberg, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Last Train Home, plus short takes on Buried, Catfish, Heartbreaker, The Milk of Sorrow, Nowhere Boy, and Vision

July-August 2010

Amy Taubin’s interview with Inception director Christopher Nolan, Paul Brunick on the recent state of film criticism, Laura Kern on Animal Kingdom, Kent Jones on Farewell, My Lovely and Cannes, Hot Property: The Hole by Dave Kehr, Site Specifics: by Jesse P. Finnegan, reviews of Cyrus, Spring Fever, I Killed My Mother, Around a Small Mountain, The Law, and Alamar, plus short takes on The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Down Terrace, A Film Unfinished, Lebanon, Restrepo, and Soul Kitchen

May-June 2010

Breathless at 50, the newly reconstructed Metropolis, Andrew Sarris on Roman Polanski, the best experimental films of the decade, The Oath, World on a Wire, Trash Humpers, and I Am Love, Alain Resnais interview, Mia Hansen-Løve, Lewis Klahr, Messiah of Evil

March-April 2010

Catherine Breillat, Nicole Holofcener, Daniel Schmid, Andrew Sarris on Eric Rohmer, Sundance reports by Amy Taubin and Laura Kern, Greenberg, I Love You Phillip Morris, No One Knows About Persian Cats, and Mother, the 35th annual grosses gloss, your comments about the best of 2009 and the decade

January-February 2010

Peter Jackson interview, Andrew Sarris on VincereUn lac, African Film Library, A Prophet, the Red Riding trilogy, Wrap-ups of the Films of the Year (including Terra Incognita and Movies That Mattered) and the best of the decade

November-December 2009

Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Michael Haneke interview, Richard Kelly's The Box, Robert Bresson and Sam Fuller, Anne Wiazemsky, Corneliu Porumboiu's Police, Adjective, Shirin Neshat's Women Without Men, Up in the Air, Laura Kern reports from the 6th annual Reykjavik International Film Festival

September-October 2009

Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are, Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, Alain Resnais’s Wild Grass, Guru Dutt, Andrew Sarris on Public Enemies, Sion Sono's Love ExposureThe Burning Plain by Melissa Anderson

July-August 2009

Includes Scott Foundas on Inglourious Basterds, Amy Taubin on Lucrecia Martel’s The Headless Woman (plus an online-only interview with Martel), Thom Andersen on the Dardenne Brothers’ Lorna’s Silence, Hot Property: Breathless and It Might Get Loud by Chris Chang, Site Specifics: Artforum by Paul Fileri, a review of Still Walking by Tony Rayns, Cannes coverage by Amy Taubin, Gavin Smith, and Richard Peña

May-June 2009

Kent Jones on The Limits of Control, plus an interview with director Jim Jarmusch by Gavin Smith, Amy Taubin on Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, Oliver Sacks’s examination of Powell & Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Death, Hot Property: Can Go Through Skin by Chris Chang, National Film Board of Canada website, a review of Departures by Tony Rayns

March-April 2009

Richard Schickel on Tom Hanks, an interview with 24 City director Jia Zhangke by Andrew Chan, Nicolas Rapold on Satyajit Ray, Kent Jones on Robert Mulligan’s The Stalking Moon, Geoffrey O’Brien revisits The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Amy Taubin takes a first look at Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

January-February 2009

The best films of 2009, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (plus an online-only interview with David Fincher), Carlos Reygadas’s Silent Light, Melissa Anderson revisits The Killing of Sister George, RevancheThe Moguls and the Dictators

November-December 2008

Interviews with Arnaud Desplechin and Catherine Deneuve, Nathan Lee on Gus Van Sant’s Milk, Rob Nelson on two Eighties docs Demon Lover Diary and Seventeen, Hot Property: Tulpan by Chris Chang, Site Specifics: Order of the Exile by Paul Fileri, a review of The Secret of the Grain by Elisabeth Lequeret

September-October 2008

Includes Amy Taubin on Steven Soderbergh’s Che, Tony Rayns on Nagisa Oshima, Distributor Wanted: The Mugger by Chris Chang, Sam Di Iorio on Les Idoles, Site Specifics: Europa Film Treasures, Ariel Rotter’s The Other, a review of Let the Right One In by Laura Kern