Amy Taubin

Amy Taubin

January 2016

CHANTAL AKERMAN’S astonishing body of work begins and ends with explosions—deafening but unseen. In Saute ma ville (Blow Up My Town), the 1968 short film of which she was director and star, she concludes a manic series of household chores… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2016 [TOC]

Capital Punishment

Amy Taubin on Ken Kobland’s 2 Jumps in a Row at the Performing Garage

December 2015

THE SETTING FOR Ken Kobland’s installation 2 Jumps in a Row, 2015, is the bare stage of the Performing Garage, home for over four decades to the Wooster Group. For frequent theatergoers, empty stages are categorically evocative—charged … READ ON

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Friends with Benefits

Amy Taubin on Jonas Mekas’s Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham

December 2015

JONAS MEKAS IS A FILM DIARIST. He is also an archivist and a historian. His films are a tool for the preservation of knowledge about how artists worked and lived in the second half of the twentieth century and on into the present. They are … READ ON

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Grad Canyon

Amy Taubin on My Sex Life… or How I Got into an Argument

November 2015

IT HAS TO BE the best movie title ever: My Sex Life… or How I Got into an Argument or, as it was reversed in the original French release, Comment je me suis disputé… (Ma vie sexuelle). But any way you parse it, the film to which the … READ ON

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Moving Image

Amy Taubin on Jacqui Morris and David Morris’s McCullin

October 2015

“I DON’T JUST TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS. I think.” That’s Don McCullin, the great British photojournalist, doing a formidable show-and-tell in Jacqui Morris and David Morris’s documentary McCullin (2012). Throughout the 1960s, ’70s, and … READ ON

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Sister Act

Amy Taubin on season 2 of The Knick

October 2015

THE MEN ARE FUCKED UP and the women fucked over. The dynamics of patriarchal power are even more devastatingly etched in the second season of Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick than in the first. As the series becomes less focused on the Knick’s… READ ON

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Amy Taubin

October 2015

“IT'S POIGNANT TO ME that the end of the celluloid era might be found in these fragile 16-mm poems,” said Nathaniel Dorsky, one of the most celebrated American avant-garde filmmakers. We were discussing the looming demise of photochemical… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2015 [TOC]

Jobs Report

Amy Taubin on Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

September 2015

ALEX GIBNEY’S twisty, engrossing documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine approaches its subject from an oblique but highly productive angle: Why, Gibney asks, was there a worldwide outpouring of grief when the CEO of Apple, which at… READ ON

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Lost for Words

Amy Taubin on Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America

August 2015

I WISH I HAD A COPY of the script that Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig wrote for Baumbach’s comedy Mistress America, which stars Gerwig as Brooke, a thirty-year-old It Girl desperate to succeed at something before her shelf life expires. … READ ON

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Hanging on the Telephone

Amy Taubin on Sean Baker’s Tangerine

July 2015

SEAN BAKER’S TANGERINE is fated to go down in film history as the first really enticing-looking film to be shot entirely on an iPhone 5s. Without the barrage of making-of articles about the movie, including two in the New York Times, you … READ ON

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