Film of the Week: Patlabor 2

Throughout Mamoru Oshii’s filmography there lies an interest in Japan’s political history. The end of World War II and its subsequent consequences serve as the nexus through which Oshii creates the alternate setting of his films. With Patlabor 2 (1993), Oshii questions the role of Japan’s military, the Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF), during times of … Continue reading Film of the Week: Patlabor 2

Hong Sang-Soo – Hotel by the River

Hotel by the River’s opening credits inform us that filming took place between January 29, 2018 to February 14, 2018. It comes as no surprise that Hong Sang-Soo shot Hotel by the River so quickly given his output of six films in the past three years alone. By this point, Sang-Soo aficionados will know the … Continue reading Hong Sang-Soo – Hotel by the River

Dan Gilroy – Velvet Buzzsaw

Velvet Buzzsaw seems to be from the bygone era of the literary Brat Pack’s heyday. The film’s world of selfish characters, sleek architecture, and high couture, despite its L.A. trappings, recall the east-coast set novels of Brett Easton Ellis—American Psycho, for example. Yet, an L.A. setting alongside a script meant to both terrify and satirize … Continue reading Dan Gilroy – Velvet Buzzsaw

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

Hovercrafts and Cows: The Black Avant-Garde of Adult Swim

The following is a transcript of a presentation I gave at the Graduate Center's 2018 Lightning Talks. Good evening everyone. My name is Anthony Dominguez, and I’m currently a MALS student in the film studies track. Today, I am here to talk about the programming put on by the television channel, Adult Swim. Specifically, as … Continue reading Hovercrafts and Cows: The Black Avant-Garde of Adult Swim

Wandering Women: Drifting as Resistance

The following is a text adaptation of a zine I made for a History of Cinema II course at the Graduate Center University. Titled, "Wandering Women," the zine was a mock screening series centered on female directed films whose stories revolved around women traversing urban landscapes. “We shall not cease from exploration And the end … Continue reading Wandering Women: Drifting as Resistance

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