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Omens and Renewed Hope

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Omens and Renewed Hope

The late scholar Robert Bird’s final essay on Tarkovsky and fresh writing on Béla Tarr, Eric Rohmer, and more are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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History in Waves

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History in Waves

On our minds this week: New Taiwan Cinema of the 1980s, Black cinema’s “paradoxical role in American cultural history,” the new Brooklyn Rail, and more.

By David Hudson

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“The Omnipresent Present”

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“The Omnipresent Present”

Black directors recommend films that have had an impact on their work. Also this week: Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker, Yasuzo Masumura, Takashi Miike, and Alan Clarke.

By David Hudson

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Varieties of the Media Experience

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Varieties of the Media Experience

This week’s highlights feature paintings brought to life, pioneering citizen journalists, early “race films,” and the first Japanese wave.

By David Hudson

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Disparate Communities

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Disparate Communities

A free film school in a French banlieue, a nineteenth-century inventor, and a lesbian classic are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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“Which Films Matter to Us Right Now?”

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“Which Films Matter to Us Right Now?”

Appreciations of Kathleen Collins and Vittorio De Sica and interviews with James Mangold, Orson Welles, and Billy Wilder are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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Summer Travels

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Summer Travels

This week we’re reading about Setsuko Hara, Satyajit Ray, Buster Keaton, Rita Azevedo Gomes, and Beyoncé.

By David Hudson

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Death and Other Strangers

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Death and Other Strangers

This week we’re reading about Stanley Kubrick, Jean-Luc Godard, Luchino Visconti, Amy Seimetz, and the cinematic allure of fictional cults.

By David Hudson

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Legacies and Listicles

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Legacies and Listicles

On our minds this week: Bruce Lee’s legacy, Alfonso Cuarón’s dystopia, Hitchcock’s hands, and those Black Lives Matter movie lists.

By David Hudson

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Games for Advanced Players

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Games for Advanced Players

Studio Ghibli for the kids, Bergman and Pasolini for the grownups, and more highlights from the week that was.

By David Hudson

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Two by Two

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Two by Two

This week’s highlights come in pairs: Bill and Turner Ross, Michaela Coel and Thandie Newton, Bradford Young and Ava DuVernay, and more.

By David Hudson

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Midsummer Thrills and Spills

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Midsummer Thrills and Spills

A new issue of Cinema Scope, a State of Cinema address from Olivier Assayas, and the Ultimate Summer Movie Showdown are among this week’s highlights.

By David Hudson

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Five Paths to This Moment

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Five Paths to This Moment

This week’s history-seeped highlights explore queer cinema legacies, black stories on screen, and marketing movies while a pandemic rages.

By David Hudson

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“Freedom—and Unfreedom”

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“Freedom—and Unfreedom”

Along with Juneteenth and Pride Month viewing suggestions, we’re spotlighting interviews with Euzhan Palcy, Bill Forsyth, the Ross brothers, and more.

By David Hudson

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Right Things

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Right Things

We’ve got a disparate set of highlights this week: Arthur Jafa, Josephine Decker, Bill Duke, Tsai Ming-liang, and the late Lynn Shelton.

By David Hudson

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Big Tree, Small Axe

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Big Tree, Small Axe

A sampling of what’s been on our minds during this tumultuous and emotionally wrenching week.

By David Hudson

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“The Response Was Positive”

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“The Response Was Positive”

This week we’re learning about one of the world’s first tracking shots and catching up with Guy Maddin, Lewis Klahr, Sarah Cooper, and Steve Buscemi.

By David Hudson

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Are the Shadows Lifting?

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Are the Shadows Lifting?

This week’s round features the story behind John Cassavetes’s debut feature and conversations with Dan Sallitt and Jonathan Rosenbaum.

By David Hudson

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Missing the Movies

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Missing the Movies

Directors, actors, and critics look back on their most memorable moments in movie theaters, and the BFI spotlights the best of Japanese cinema.

By David Hudson

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Film Comment in Full

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Film Comment in Full

More highlights include a dossier on Hong Sang-soo, a letter from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Barry Jenkins’s conversation with the young stars of Never Rarely Sometimes Always.

By David Hudson

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We’ll Meet Again

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We’ll Meet Again

Everyone’s eager to make, show, and watch movies in theaters again. In the meantime, here’s plenty to see, hear, and read at home.

By David Hudson

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Escape to the Twentieth Century

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Escape to the Twentieth Century

The range this week stretches from silent Soviet classics through Hollywood’s heyday and the Czech New Wave to the revolutions of the late twentieth century.

By David Hudson

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Notes to Spite a Pandemic

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Notes to Spite a Pandemic

Tsai Ming-liang, Charlie Chaplin, Wim Wenders, and Albert Serra are just some of the names in the news this week.

By David Hudson

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Outside and Inside

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Outside and Inside

This week we’re reading Peter Wollen on Performance, Thomas Elsaesser on puzzle movies, David Bordwell on how movies work, and more.

By David Hudson

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