Nick Pinkerton

Late Great

Nick Pinkerton on “Let There Be Light: The Films of John Huston” at FSLC

December 2014

JOHN HUSTON doesn’t have a flawless track record as a film director, but few have so perfectly embodied the idea of what a film director ought to be. With his deliciously drawn-out, folksy baritone and those long, eloquent hands, Huston … READ ON

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Heads in the Cloud

Nick Pinkerton on the 6th Migrating Forms festival at BAMcinématek

December 2014

TRYING TO DEFINE the parameters of the Migrating Forms festival, I’m tempted to say that, more than any other New York fest, it imagines what cinema will look like when and if it wholly leaves behind the twentieth-century definition of … READ ON

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State of Play

Nick Pinkerton on Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series

October 2014

PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE ran for five critically acclaimed seasons on CBS Saturday mornings from 1986 to 1990, producing a grand total of forty-five episodes. The third season was limited to two episodes by the 1988 Writers Guild of America … READ ON

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Dead Alive

Nick Pinkerton on Bill Morrison at MoMA

October 2014

OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, Bill Morrison—a man whose ability to conduct archival footage like Toscanini could a symphony orchestra was never in doubt—has emerged as one of our premier screen historians, matching his established interest in… READ ON

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Friends and Family

Nick Pinkerton on “Discovering Georgian Cinema” at MoMA and the Berkeley PFA

September 2014

I’M OPPOSED ON GENERAL PRINCIPLE to the assumption of audience ignorance—“Ten Movies You’ve Never Heard Of” and so on—but in the case of “Discovering Georgian Cinema,” an exception can be made. The two-part program, arranged… READ ON

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Unknown Knowns

Nick Pinkerton at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

September 2014

FAREWELL TO LANGUAGE reconfirmed both acolytes and apostates in their opinions of Jean-Luc Godard, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix was the scene of the big critical tug-of-war, and Tusk found Kevin Smith making movies among the Canadians—by… READ ON

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Waters’s World

Nick Pinkerton on “Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?”

September 2014

THE LAST NEW MOVIE to be directed by John Waters, A Dirty Shame, came out in US theaters almost exactly ten years ago. Despite being an infectious sex farce with a chewy, eager-beaver central performance from Tracy Ullman, it failed to turn… READ ON

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Magic Marker

Nick Pinkerton on Chris Marker's Level Five

August 2014

CHRIS MARKER, the French multimedia artist who more than any other individual has been identified with creating the essay film, was always an outlier, an anomaly, and this exceptionalism continued even after his death in 2012 at age ninety-one.… READ ON

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Hong Kong Gardener

Nick Pinkerton on “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong”

August 2014

LAST SUMMER, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens hosted a complete retrospective of the films of Wong Kar-wai, with Wong in person, impossible to miss in his famous shades. Very few of his fans, however, recognized the beetle-browed, … READ ON

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This Means War

Nick Pinkerton on “The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy” at MoMA

August 2014

THE FIRST WORLD WAR began one hundred years ago this summer, which is another way of saying that this is the hundredth anniversary of the modern world. The historical convulsions set in motion by the events of 1914 changed everything—arts… READ ON

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