Top Films of 2018

Let the Sunshine In – Claire Denis Zama – Lucrecia Martel First Reformed – Paul Schrader Burning – Lee Chang-dong Shoplifters – Hirokazu Kore-eda Madeline’s Madeline – Josephine Decker Shirkers – Sandi Tan Notes on Appearance – Ricky D’Ambrose Hale County This Morning, This Evening – RaMell Ross Golden Exits – Alex Ross Perry

Abbas Kiarostami – 24 Frames

With 24 Frames, Abbas Kiarostami creates a film akin to a piece of ambient music. The key difference, however, is that Kiarostami works backwards; the image comes first, and then the expected sounds proceed rather than the other way around. Think of, for example, Brian Eno’s Music for Films in which Eno created ambient tracks … Continue reading Abbas Kiarostami – 24 Frames

Nathan Silver – The Great Pretender

Nathan Silver’s The Great Pretender is part of a bigger milieu of independent New York city-based films this year, joining its immediate predecessors, Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits and Ricky D’Ambrose’s Notes on Appearance. All three films are concerned with White upper-middle class New Yorkers navigating thin lines between work, life, art, love and so … Continue reading Nathan Silver – The Great Pretender

Hong Sang-Soo – On the Beach at Night Alone

In his latest film On the Beach at Night Alone, Hong Sang-Soo’s writing and direction displays a maturation from his previous work, eschewing somber ambiguity instead for emotional closure. This latter element in combination with self-reflexive topics taken from his own life, demonstrates how Sang-Soo has a nuanced understanding of his own work, further building … Continue reading Hong Sang-Soo – On the Beach at Night Alone