See This: September Picks
Every month, Film Comment highlights some new (and old) films that we feel deserve a little extra attention.
“A glib formula might describe Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood as combining the middle-ager, last-chance gambit of Jackie Brown and the lurid revisionist urge to punch up history in Inglourious Basterds. But it’s something at once mature and madly, deeply, and now less collector-ishly in love with Hollywoodland and, even more, its far-flung margins—and here, in the most artificial of settings, Tarantino achieves something genuine and heartfelt.”
“In Aquarela’s central segment on a sailboat, the film sets us adrift to inspire awe, evoke terror, and—at 48 frames per second—induce vertigo.”
“Simple, direct, and never sensationalistic in their approach, the co-directors maintain their focus on the theft of autonomy—especially that of women, over their bodies and lives—that has left a whole generation feeling helpless.”
“What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? is at its best an archival document of a group of people at a particular time in their lives . . . Minervini shows what Black people have always done when the world is on fire: live, organize, protect one another, and keep our history at the forefront.”
“Julia Reichert’s latest film is both an apex of her practice as well as a departure, attempting to craft a fair, balanced, and dexterous narrative of the entire ecosystem of the factory without forsaking the filmmakers’ underlying values or ultimate loyalties.”