Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson

Film: Best of 2016

December 2016

1 MOONLIGHT (Barry Jenkins) In Jenkins’s wondrous, superbly acted second film, love between black men—whether carnal, paternal, or something else—is explored with specifics and expansiveness, not foregone conclusions.  2 TONI ERDMANN (Maren… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2016 [TOC]

Benjamin Crotty’s Fort Buchanan

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February 2016

SOAPY, SEXED-UP, AND ANARCHIC, Benjamin Crotty’s Fort Buchanan may be the only military-spouses comic melodrama as indebted to the Lifetime channel as it is to the oeuvre of Eric Rohmer. Despite these pronounced influences, though, Crotty’s… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2016 [TOC]

Girl, Interrupted

Melissa Anderson on Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl

November 2015

REDUCING A REMARKABLE LIFE AND MARRIAGE to stultifying solemnity, Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl might be most charitably thought of as a public-service announcement gussied up in interwar-period costuming and interior design. Based on David … READ ON

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Chantal Akerman (1950–2015)

Melissa Anderson on Chantal Akerman (1950–2015)

November 2015

IN MY FIRST CONVERSATION with Chantal Akerman, which took place in late December 2009 in a studio apartment on Wooster Street, my brand-new white Olympus WS-400s digital voice recorder between us, I made the mistake of trying to vous-voyez … READ ON

PASSAGES

Ghost Worlds

Melissa Anderson on “To Save and Project” at the Museum of Modern Art

November 2015

LONG EMBRACED AS A CULT HORROR MOVIE, Carnival of Souls (1962)—the only feature directed by Herk Harvey, who specialized in industrial and educational films, and essentially the only title of note for any member of its cast and crew—might … READ ON

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Watch and Learn

Melissa Anderson on Jacques Rivette’s Out 1: Noli me tangere

November 2015

TIME AND NARRATIVE are pushed to the extreme in Jacques Rivette’s Out 1: Noli me tangere (1971), a film that operates simultaneously as stealth vérité and raw psychodrama. Fabled for both its length (just five minutes short of thirteen hours)… READ ON

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Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders

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November 2015

WRITER-DIRECTOR Alice Rohrwacher’s oeuvre to date may be small, but she has quickly established herself as one of the finest chroniclers of girlhood in two uncommonly graceful and astute coming-of-age stories. Her feature debut, Corpo Celeste… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2015 [TOC]

Drive Theory

Melissa Anderson on Mulholland Drive

October 2015

I think people know what Mulholland Drive is to them, but they don’t trust it. —David Lynch  SOME FILMS YOU LOVE, some you hate; most you forget. If you’re lucky, one will have the power to completely derange you.  I first saw David Lynch’s… READ ON

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Warp and Woof

Melissa Anderson on Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog

October 2015

ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING once extolled her pets as “love without speech.” At one point in Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog, a film that starts out as a paean to her rat terrier Lolabelle but evolves into disquisitions on many other subjects,… READ ON

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Birkin Tag

Melissa Anderson on Agnès Varda’s Jane B. par Agnès V. and Kung-Fu Master!

October 2015

ONE OF CINEMA’S GREATEST CROSS-POLLINATORS, Agnès Varda has been destabilizing the borders of fact and fiction ever since her first feature, La Pointe Courte, a key precursor to the Nouvelle Vague, premiered sixty years ago. Recently restored… READ ON

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