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September-October 2018

56th NYFF Special Section, including Burning plus a Steven Yeun interview, ROMA, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Monrovia, Indiana; Chick Strand, Caniba, Wealth on Screen, Teaching the Films of 1999

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SPECIAL SECTION: The 56th New York Film Festival

By Andrew Chan
Master of the slow build Lee Chang-dong returns with a quietly passionate, foreboding human drama based on a Murakami story
Plus: An interview with Steven Yeun by Devika Girish

By José Teodoro
Alfonso Cuarón’s intimate 1970s-era memoir writ large continues the director’s periodic look at familial experience and economic disparity in Mexico

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
By Michael Koresky
The Coen Brothers return to the Old West and find that some things never change, in their reliably unexpected new anthology film

Monrovia, Indiana
By Nicolas Rapold
In his new documentary, American essential Frederick Wiseman visits a small, aging Midwestern town and touches the edges of some hard truths


Chick Strand
By Sierra Pettengill
The feminist avant-garde filmmaker left her indelible stamp on American experimental cinema by capturing the blood, sweat, and tears of experience

By Abby Sun
Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s too-close-for-comfort portrait of a man who admitted to a nauseating crime smartly interrogates nonfiction practice
and aesthetics

Following the Money
By Nick Pinkerton
Hollywood cinema has often indulged in lavish spectacle, but the actual representation of wealth and luxury has a more complex history on screen

By Nick Davis
A look back at a specific year encourages a professor and his young students to question both the importance and arbitrariness of a film’s temporal context


THE PRE-SHOW | News, views, conversations, and other things to get worked up about
News, Inspired: Yorgos Lanthimos on The Favourite, Release Me: Mariano Llinás’s La Flor by Nicolas Rapold, Peevish, Directions: Hirokazu Kore-eda by Mark Schilling, Restoration Row: Barbara Hammer x 10 by Max Nelson

Critics rate and comment on new releases

MAKE IT REALThe wide, wide world of cinematic nonfiction
Nonfiction camp by Eric Hynes

ART AND CRAFTFilmmaking according to the makers
Director and cinematographer Reed Morano by Amy Taubin

FINEST HOUR | One actor, one performance
Bonar Colleano in The Way to the Stars by Robert Horton

OFF THE PAGE | The art of getting from book to screen
John M. Stahl’s Seed by Imogen Sara Smith

SCARE TACTICS | The pleasures of cinematic horror
Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold the Dark by Laura Kern

CURRENTS | New and important work plucked from festivals and elsewhere
Andrea Bussmann’s Fausto by Jordan Cronk, Aaron Schimberg’s Chained for Life by Nellie Killian, Laura Parnes’s Tour Without End by Nellie Killian, Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined by Jordan Cronk, Oleksandr Techynskyi’s Delta by Robert Horton

IN MEMORIAM | Remembering the cinéastes who have passed on
Kira Muratova by Sergei Loznitsa

THE BIG SCREEN | Reviews of notable new films opening in theaters (hopefully near you)
Lead Reviews: Private Life by Sheila O’Malley, Life and Nothing More by Amy Taubin, I Am Not a Witch by Kelley Dong, Bisbee ’17 by Mark Asch

Short Takes: Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Teo Bugbee, Colette by Lauren Kaminsky, The Waldheim Waltz by Tina Poglajen, Wildlife by Steven Mears, The Guilty by April Wolfe

HOME MOVIES | Cinema spun, streamed, and beamed
Memories of Underdevelopment by Esther Allen, Country by Michael Koresky, Desecration by Maitland McDonagh, Mohsen Makhmalbaf: The Poetic Trilogy by Farran Smith Nehme, Shampoo by Christina Newland, Strange Victory by Nicolas Rapold, Sunday’s Illness by Devika Girish, America to Me by Nick Davis, Wish List: Twisted Nerve by Laura Kern
Plus: 20 discs to watch and 20 titles to stream

READINGS | Books about all aspects of filmmaking and film culture
Foucault at the Movies edited by Patrice Maniglier & Dork Zabunyan, reviewed by Thomas Beard; Confidential Confidential: The Inside Story of Hollywood’s Notorious Scandal Magazine by Samantha Barbas, reviewed by Nick Pinkerton; Are Snakes Necessary? by Brian De Palma & Susan Lehman, reviewed by Yonca Talu

GRAPHIC DETAIL | The art of the movie poster
Everett Aison by Adrian Curry