Nick Pinkerton

Of Montreal

Nick Pinkerton on “1970s Canadian Independents”

March 2017

IN HIS NEWLY PUBLISHED AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Director’s Cut, the filmmaker Ted Kotcheff, a son of Toronto’s Cabbagetown slums, recalls his response to reading his friend Mordecai Richler’s novel The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravtiz for the first … READ ON

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Mountain Out of an Anthill

Nick Pinkerton on The Human Surge

March 2017

AS THE CULTURAL CONVERSATION breaks down into spasms of splenetic indignation, the fear of being misunderstood runs to epidemic levels. In such an atmosphere, it is an increasing rarity to encounter artworks that come packaged without an … READ ON

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Canadian Makin’

Nick Pinkerton on “Gimme Shelter: Hollywood North”

February 2017

AFTER THE EMERGENCE of alluring Canadian production subsidies in the late 1990s, moviegoers of the aughts became inured to watching downtown Vancouver fill in for AnyCity, USA, in a parade of multiplex productions that managed to extract … READ ON

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Bruce Almighty

Nick Pinkerton on Bruce Lee at the Museum of Modern Art

January 2017

BRUCE LEE IS AMONG THE HANDFUL OF MOVIE STARS to attain a celebrity beyond mere stardom. Not long after his premature death in 1973, he joined the elite ranks of the few figures who would be recognizable from Madagascar to the Amazon basin,… READ ON

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Going Nuclear

Nick Pinkerton on Peter Watkins's The Journey

January 2017

ONE OF THE SCORES of interviewees offering their opinions on nuclear proliferation in Peter Watkins’s The Journey (1987) is a middle-aged Mexican woman in Guadalajara who implores that the presidents of powerful nations might link hands to … READ ON

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Port Authority

Nick Pinkerton on Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy

January 2017

MARCEL PAGNOL’S MARSEILLES TRILOGY—Marius (1931), Fanny (1932), and César (1936)—is one of the most beloved works of early French sound cinema, though it might be more accurate to call its true country of origin Provence. A region as distinct… READ ON

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Business as Usual

Nick Pinkerton on Toni Erdmann

December 2016

HENRY JAMES’S DESCRIPTION of certain doorstop-size nineteenth-century novels—the “large, loose, baggy monster”—applies pretty well to Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, a downbeat comic study of a dysfunctional father-daughter relationship that comes… READ ON

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Sin City

Nick Pinkerton on Martin Scorsese at the Museum of the Moving Image

December 2016

GEORGE LUCAS IS BUSY DESIGNING his Museum of Narrative Art, a Xanadu for his legacy. Francis Ford Coppola is now a gray gentleman vintner with a sideline in independent films. William Friedkin pungently adapts Tracy Letts stage plays when … READ ON

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The Eyes Have It

Nick Pinkerton on “The Genre Terrorist: Lucio Fulci”

October 2016

THE GENRE DIRECTOR LUCIO FULCI, though a deity for the average Chiller Theatre conventioneer, is probably best known to the wider world for directing the underwater struggle between a zombie and a shark that was used in a commercial for … READ ON

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It’s All Over

Nick Pinkerton on Edward Yang’s The Terrorizers

October 2016

EDWARD YANG DIED IN 2007, aged fifty-nine, after a long bout with cancer that cost him his opportunity to follow up on his international breakthrough, Yi Yi (2000). By any measure this would be a tragedy, and I am sometimes convinced that … READ ON

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