Tony Pipolo

Irony of Ironies

Tony Pipolo on Projections at the 55th New York Film Festival

September 2017

NEAR THE END of Finnish artist Jaakvo Pallasvuo’s Filter, screening at this year’s Projections sidebar of the New York Film Festival, a man wonders, “why am I watching this movie?” It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves countless times … READ ON


Pointe Break

Tony Pipolo on Polina

August 2017

THOUGH POLINA IS DESCRIBED AS A DANCE FILM, it is by no means typical of the genre. Like its titular protagonist, who rejects a career as a Bolshoi ballerina in search of something more vital to her life, the film does not follow the lead of… READ ON


Hollywood Medium

Tony Pipolo on Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill’s The Reagan Show

June 2017

BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED the fortieth President of the United States in 1980—after two failed candidacies—Ronald Reagan acted in fifty-three Hollywood movies. Equally at ease in comedies, westerns, and war films, he seemed on the verge of stardom… READ ON


Ice Age

Tony Pipolo on Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time

June 2017

BILL MORRISON’S DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME is the best new movie in town and the best movie of the year thus far. Though its title would suggest a focus on the mysterious fate of a little-known city, Morrison’s latest output actually functions… READ ON


Church Folk

Tony Pipolo on “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema”

May 2017

IT’S A PLEASURE TO REPORT that at least half of this year’s selections in the Open Roads series of New Italian cinema would make any film festival worth attending.  Edoardo De Angelis’s Indivisible is a flashy opening feature, with its tale… READ ON


Digital Divide

Tony Pipolo on new digital films by Ernie Gehr

April 2017

HOWEVER GRUDGINGLY film-lovers have accepted the hegemony of digital, there is no denying that avant-garde artists have spun gold from newer media. The indomitable, self-taught Ernie Gehr, whose film career began in the late 1960s and whose… READ ON


Jean Genie

Tony Pipolo on Philippe Garrel’s Les hautes solitudes (1974)

February 2017

FRENCH WRITER AND FILMMAKER Philippe Garrel’s Les hautes solitudes (1974), a rueful, beautifully shot portrait of American actress Jean Seberg, is only now having its commercial release in the United States. Silent, black-and-white, and … READ ON


A Dangerous Method

Tony Pipolo on Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman

January 2017

ASGHAR FARHADI’S THE SALESMAN is the director’s latest, most excruciating dissection of contemporary Iran. As in his other films, Farhadi treats social conditions, and the urban blight and political corruption they imply, almost tangentially.… READ ON


Look Look Look Again

Tony Pipolo on the 6th First Look Festival

January 2017

AT A TIME when even high-profile movies face a nebulous afterlife, the First Look Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image, now in its sixth edition, has become increasingly indispensable to New York’s film community. Indeed, First Look is… READ ON


Film Cool

Tony Pipolo on Da´chi Sa´to

December 2016

FILM IS DEAD. Or so we’ve heard. The news must not have reached Canada, where Japanese-born filmmaker Daïchi Saïto has been working diligently in Super 8 and 16- and 35-mm since 2003. In 2012 he extended this focus with the dual 16-mm Never… READ ON