Amy Taubin

Heart to Heart

Amy Taubin on Katell Quillévéré’s Heal the Living

April 2017

IN KATELL QUILLÉVÉRÉ’S FILMS, characters’ lives are shaped by chance meetings and random events. Her third feature, Heal the Living, is narratively her simplest and subtlest.  A young man is killed in a car accident. His heart is donated to… READ ON

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City Flickers

Amy Taubin on Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

April 2017

JOYOUS, EXHILARATING, AND TRANSFORMATIVE, Tyler Hubby’s documentary Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present is essential viewing for anyone involved in the history of music and visual art—and their interpenetration throughout the second half… READ ON

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Jonas Mekas’s Movie Journal

BOOKS

April 2017

Movie Journal: The Rise of the New American Cinema, 1959–1971, by Jonas Mekas. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. 496 pages.  I BEGAN READING Jonas Mekas’s Movie Journal column in the Village Voice in 1961, three years after it first… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2017 [TOC]

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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