COLUMNS

  • Jerzy Skolimowski, EO, 2022, 4K video, color, sound, 88 minutes.

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    JOHN WATERS’S BEST FILMS OF 2022

    The twenty-city “John Waters Christmas Show” tour began November 29 in San Francisco.

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    PETER VON KANT (François Ozon)
    By far the best movie of the year. Fassbinder’s classic lesbian melodrama is appropriated and remade as a gay Frenchman’s love letter to the original version. Hilariously stilted, often overwrought, but always highly entertaining, this cock-eyed tribute will make you swoon when Hanna Schygulla finally makes an appearance and Isabelle Adjani soon follows. My God, it’s just plain Douglas Sirk perfect.

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    EO (Jerzy Skolimowski)
    Another tribute film, this time Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar


  • Shaunak Sen, All That Breathes, 2022, 4K video, color, sound, 94 minutes.

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    AMY TAUBIN’S BEST FILMS OF 2022

    Amy Taubin is a contributing editor for Artforum who lives, writes, and teaches in New York.

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    AGHDRA (Arthur Jafa), EO (Jerzy Skolimowski), and SEE YOU FRIDAY, ROBINSON (Mitra Farahani)

    A tie for first place among three works that testify to the poetic power of image-sound amalgams and to the fragility of all life. An Elias Canetti observation—often quoted by Jean-Luc Godard, including in Farahani’s collage of revelatory fragments they began in 2015, and Farahani finished in 2022—describes how you might react to any or all of them: “We are never sad enough for the world to become better.”

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  • Hong Sangsoo, So-seol-ga-ui yeong-hwa (The Novelist’s Film), 2022, HD video, color and black-and-white, sound, 92 minutes. Kilsoo (Kim Minhee).

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    JAMES QUANDT’S BEST FILMS OF 2022

    James Quandt is a film critic and curator based in Toronto.

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    WHERE IS THIS STREET? OR WITH NO BEFORE AND AFTER (João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata)

    In this most poignant of pandemic films, the directors return to the Lisbon locales of Paulo Rocha’s The Green Years (1963), an epochal work of Portugal’s Cinema Novo, to find the streets, parks, and byways now depopulated, emanating recent loss.

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    THE NOVELIST’S FILM (Hong Sangsoo)
    Even for the literary, logorrheic Hong, language takes an unusually prominent role in his stinging portrait of a stalled novelist turned amateur filmmaker.

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    THE


  • Ruth Beckermann, MUTZENBACHER, 2022, 2K video, color, sound, 100 minutes.

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    ERIKA BALSOM’S BEST FILMS OF 2022

    Erika Balsom is a reader in film studies at King’s College London.

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    “ENFIN LE CINÉMA! ARTS, IMAGES, ET SPECTACLES EN FRANCE (1833–1907)(Musée d’Orsay, Paris; curated by Dominique Païni, Paul Perrin, and Marie Robert)
    This monumental exhibition examined the rise of the motion picture, not as a machine but as an eminently modern way of looking at the world. The erudition, creativity, and access to collections that informed it were astounding, even if more attention to the tangle of cinema and colonialism would have been welcome.
    Co-organized with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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    MUTZENBACHER



  • Cover of Orville Peck’s Bronco (Columbia Records, 2022).

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    SASHA GEFFEN’S BEST MUSIC OF 2022

    Sasha Geffen is a writer living in Denver and the author of the book Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary (University of Texas Press, 2020).

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    SHYGIRL, NYMPH (Because Music)

    Shygirl’s debut LP taps into the shades between her previous extremes. Her eros makes room for fear, humor, and failure; there’s more sex in what goes wrong, in what punctures and leaks, than there is in action glued to a script. The gouged, muddied vocals and sagging, detuned notes throughout Nymph play at libidinal obliteration: sex that mutates, sex that melts.

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    ALEX G, GOD SAVE THE ANIMALS (Domino)

    Each Alex

  • Alhaji Waziri Oshomah (center) and his band, Edo State, Nigeria, ca. 1975.

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    JACE CLAYTON’S BEST MUSIC OF 2022

    Jace Clayton is an artist and writer also known for his work as DJ/rupture.

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    REMA, “CALM DOWN” (Jonzing World)

    Flawless Nigerian pop optimizedfor global consumption, complete with love-song lyrics that double as an odeto degrowth.

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    SHYGIRL, NYMPH (Because Music)

    If love is timeless, then sex is now. Shygirl’s lyrics double down on the latter, bulwarked by forward-facing rap andR&B production.

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    LA MATERIA VERBAL: ANTOLOGÍADE LA POESÍA SONORA PERUANA(Verbal Matter: An Anthology of Peruvian Sound Poetry) (Buh)

    This exemplary comp pulls together a spectrum of Peruviansound poetry, balancing the

  • Ariel Zetina, 2022. Photo: Colectivo Multipolar.

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    PLANNINGTOROCK’S BEST MUSIC OF 2022

    Planningtorock (Jam Rostron) is a trans nonbinary music producer and artist known for chronicling themes of gender identity, queerness, and being trans in their music.

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    SUDAN ARCHIVES, “SELFISH SOUL” (Stones Throw)

    Brittney Parks is a musical genius, and this track is so incredible and powerful! Without a doubt my favorite song of 2022.

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    MEL 4EVER, “TREAT ME (LIKE A TOILET)” (CCP)

    Every single that Mel’s put out this year has been a banger, but this is my personal favorite.

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    ARIEL ZETINA, “SMOKE MACHINE” (FEAT. BORED LORD) (Local Action)

    So happy that I finally got to meet Ariel at the Whole

  • Heather Benjamin, You Are Hurting Me Still, 2020, acrylic and gouache on paper, 22 × 15".

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    POLLY WATSON’S BEST MUSIC OF 2022

    Polly Watson is a musician, writer, and editor based in New York.

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    TAMIO SHIRAISHI (67th Avenue station, Queens, NY, March 26)

    The experimental saxophonist will occasionally issue last-minute announcements, via his Instagram, that he’s playing the vast columned mezzanine of the subway station near his home. I caught him on a chilly Saturday evening, firing discordant shrieks into the icy ether. A few girls in high suede boots hurried by giggling, covering their ears.

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    SUBVERSIVE RITE, THE END IS NEAR (Chaotic Uprising)

    Just a fucking wind tunnel of a cassette channeling early UK warp-speed crust

  • Gossip Girl, 2007–12, still from a TV show on The CW. Season 1, episode 13, “A Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate.” Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively).

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    KAY GABRIEL

    Kay Gabriel is a poet and essayist based in New York City. She is the author of A Queen in Bucks County, out this month from Nightboat Books, and Kissing Other People or the House of Fame (Rosa Press, 2021; Nightboat Books, 2023). With Andrea Abi-Karam, Gabriel coedited We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2020). She is part of the editorial collective for the Poetry Project Newsletter and teaches at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.

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    BARBARA CHASE-RIBOUD

    After graduating from Yale University’s School of Architecture and Design, Barbara Chase-Riboud moved to Europe and spent decades traveling the world, living at the center of numerous artistic, literary, and political circles. Her innovative sculptures—which are characterized by the interplay of cast bronze, aluminum, wool, and silk—appear in museum collections across the globe. In 1974, she published her first book of poetry, From Memphis & Peking (Random House), and in 1979, her debut novel, Sally Hemings (Viking), was released to critical acclaim. Her new book, I Always Knew: A Memoir (

  • Marianne North, Flowers of Another Kind of Coral Tree, ca. 1873, oil on board, 22 × 13 3⁄8".

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    ISSY WOOD

    Issy Wood is an artist and musician who lives in London. Her paintings have been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. Wood’s fourth book, But Who’s Counting?, was published by Carlos/Ishikawa last year, and she is currently working on a full-length album.

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    LEA BERTUCCI

    Lea Bertucci is a New York City–based sound artist and composer whose work bridges performance, installation, and multichannel activations of acoustic space. Murmurations, her collaboration with Ben Vida, is out this month on Cibachrome Editions.