Amy Taubin

Kedi Porn

Amy Taubin on Kedi

February 2017

If Make America Kittens—the Chrome extension that instantly replaces Donald Trump’s face with images of adorable cats—no longer blots out the horror, try Kedi, Ceyda Torun’s celebration of the felines of Istanbul and the humans who nurture … READ ON

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What’s in a Name?

Amy Taubin on Travis Wilkerson’s Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

February 2017

DID YOU WONDER WHO FIRED THE GUN?, Travis Wilkerson’s 2017 film/performance, was one of the strongest works at a chilling Sundance Film Festival, where the temperatures averaged five degrees Fahrenheit at night and many works spoke of … READ ON

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Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro

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February 2017

IN THE WEEKS following the 2016 US election debacle, three documentaries that condemn institutionalized racism as the most egregious failure of American democracy found themselves prime contenders for best nonfiction film of the year. In … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2017 [TOC]

Displeasure Principles

Amy Taubin on “Inauguration of the Displeasure Dome: Coping with the Election”

January 2017

A FACE IN THE CROWD, Elia Kazan’s caustic 1957 exposé of American greed and gullibility, has never seemed as horrifying as it does now that a fulminating, fascistic fuckup has become the leader of the unfree world, its future to be determined… READ ON

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Amy Taubin

Film: Best of 2016

December 2016

1 “BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE” (Museum of Modern Art, New York) MoMA delivered for Conner with this staggering retrospective that underscored the reciprocity between his moving-image and static work by giving seven films optimum projection… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2016 [TOC]

Say Uncle

Amy Taubin on Uncle Howard

November 2016

CHARISMATIC, IMMENSELY TALENTED, AND DRIVEN TO REPRESENT, Howard Brookner made three feature-length films in his short life. He died of AIDS in April 1989, a few days shy of his thirty-fifth birthday. Today he is best known for his 1983 … READ ON

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X Files

Amy Taubin on Laura Poitras and Henrik Moltke’s Project X

November 2016

THE MOST SINISTER ESPIONAGE THRILLER currently playing in a theater in New York (and soon to be released online) is a mere ten minutes long. Laura Poitras and Henrik Moltke’s Project X ends with a low-angle shot that makes the exceedingly … READ ON

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Volcano Lovers

Amy Taubin on Werner Herzog’s Into the Inferno

November 2016

WERNER HERZOG’S INTO THE INFERNO opens with what might be the most amazing drone shot in the short history of drone-use in motion pictures. We seem to be gliding up the side of a large mountain—up, up, past the tiny figures of a camera crew… READ ON

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OPENINGS: SOPHIA AL-MARIA

October 2016

THE QATARI AMERICAN polymath artist Sophia Al-Maria grew up shuttling between rural Washington State, where she was born in 1983, and the Arabian Gulf, to which her bedouin father had returned after he unofficially separated from her mother.… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2016 [TOC]

Accidental Activist

Amy Taubin on Robert Kenner's Command and Control

September 2016

AS WHITE-KNUCKLE SUSPENSEFUL as any movie you are likely to see this year, Robert Kenner’s Command and Control is a documentary about a nuclear near-disaster that occurred in 1980 at the Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas. … READ ON

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