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  • PRINT January 2022

    Patric Dicaprio

    Patric Dicaprio is a New York–based fashion designer and a cofounder and the creative director of Vaquera, a ready-to-wear label focused on redefining luxury fashion. Vaquera is in partnership with Comme des Garçon’s incubator program, Dover Street Market Paris, and shows collections two times a year. The label is known for its concept-driven clothing, keen cultural analysis, and energetic runway shows. Vaquera’s designs are in the collections of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of London and are sold by thirty-six retailers worldwide.

  • Bruno Dumont, France, 2021, 2K video, color, sound, 133 minutes. Center: France de Meurs (Léa Seydoux). Production still. Photo: R. Arpajou.

    PRINT December 2021

    JOHN WATERS’S BEST FILMS OF 2021

    Film director John Waters’s debut novel, Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), will be published in May 2022.

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    ANNETTE (Leos Carax) 

    The best movie of the year is an insane, over-the-top, and thankfully self-indulgent Sparks Brothers musical about an angry macho performance artist, his opera-diva girlfriend, and their daughter, who is somehow born a puppet. See it by yourself so no one you know can possibly ruin this nutcase masterpiece. Oh yeah—it’s really long.

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    SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) (Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson)


    Beautifully edited

  • Will Sharpe, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, 2021, HD video, color, sound, 111 minutes. Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch).

    PRINT December 2021

    AMY TAUBIN’S BEST FILMS OF 2021

    Amy Taubin is a contributing editor OF Artforum and Sight and Sound and is a bit player in Todd Haynes’s The Velvet Underground.

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    THE POWER OF THE DOG (Jane Campion)

    As clear-sighted and emotionally wrenching a skewering of patriarchy—its myths, its fear and hatred of the feminine, its twisting of psyches—as you’ll ever witness. Civilization: what a waste.

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    KEN JACOBS COLLECTION, VOL. 1

    This excellently produced Blu-ray (Kino Lorber) has highlights, almost all originating on 16 mm, from Jacobs’s more than sixty years of moviemaking. A rapturous program earlier this year in the Museum of Modern

  • Radu Jude, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, 2021, 4K video, color, sound, 106 minutes.

    PRINT December 2021

    J. HOBERMAN’S BEST FILMS OF 2021

    J. Hoberman is a recovering film critic. His monograph on Duck Soup as an artifact of the ’30 and ’60s, an adolescent fetish, and a foretaste of Donald Trump, is newly out.

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    BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN (Radu Jude)

    The past eighteen months have been a blur, but the movie with the most relentless focus on the way we live now is this Berlin Golden Bear winner. Jude’s previous films mainly explored aspects of the Romanian past. Bad Luck Banging, a frenzied farce about a sex tape gone viral amid the pandemic, is a period piece about the present moment.

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    MEMORIA (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

    The

  • Hong Sangsoo, Introduction, 2021, 2K video, black-and-white, sound, 66 minutes. Juwon (Park Miso) and Youngho (Shin Seokho).

    PRINT December 2021

    JAMES QUANDT’S BEST FILMS OF 2021

    James Quandt is a film critic and curator based in Toronto and the editor of monographs on Robert Bresson, Kon Ichikawa, Shohei Imamura, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

    Thanks to another shut-in year, my Top Ten is culled entirely from the superlative 2021 New York Film Festival.

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    INTRODUCTION
    and IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE (Hong Sangsoo)

    Both films commence with a prayer, but while the former proceeds to play Hong’s usual narrative games of Chutes and Ladders, the latter deepens into a poignant contemplation of regret and mortality. 

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    THE ROUND-UP (Miklós Jancsó)


    The restoration of the year. Jancsó’s

  • Leos Carax, Annette, 2021, 4K video, color, sound, 141 minutes. Ann Defrasnoux (Marion Cotillard).

    PRINT December 2021

    CASSIE DA COSTA’S BEST FILMS OF 2021

    Cassie da Costa is a staff writer for Vanity Fair and the commissioning editor for Another Gaze film journal.

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    THE LOST DAUGHTER (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

    Actress, producer, and now director Maggie Gyllenhaal has given everything she’s got to her adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s lesser-known novel. And what we get is a film unafraid to blow up the premise of maternity in the very act of celebrating it. 

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    DRIVE MY CAR (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)

    One of those films you almost don’t want to say anything about, because to experience it is to be thrust outside of typical experience. Hamaguchi has adapted Haruki

  • Still from Pink Floyd’s 1967 video Arnold Layne, directed by Derek Nice.

    PRINT December 2021

    ALAN LICHT’S BEST MUSIC OF 2021

    Alan Licht is a musician, author, and curator based in New York.

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    BILL ORCUTT, A MECHANICAL JOEY (Fake Estates)

    Orcutt built this whole album from a sample of Joey Ramone counting off “One, two, three, four, five, six,” relentlessly looping and permutating it for thirty-five phantasmagoric minutes. A conceptual masterstroke, it pinpoints and illuminates the Ramones’ inner minimalism.

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    75 DOLLAR BILL (People’s Pavilion, Columbus Park, New York, August 29)

    The sound clash that wasn’t: An expanded version of this percussion-and-guitar duo inadvertently faced off against a nearby troupe of Chinese

  • Emily Rice, Los Angeles, June 2021. Photo: Anna Azarov.

    PRINT December 2021

    JJJJJEROME ELLIS’S BEST MUSIC OF 2021

    JJJJJerome Ellis is a Black disabled animal, a stutterer, and an artist. His album and book The Clearing were released last month by the Poetry Project, NNA Tapes, and Wendy’s Subway.

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    EMILY RICE, MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE I’M A LONDONER (First Artists Recordings)

    I was grateful to witness Rice, who is known primarily as a composer of emotionally deft scores for television and film, shift her musical focus inward on her debut album.

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    THE HAWTPLATES, MAKE ME DOWN: SONGS FOR MAKING IT THROUGH ALIVE (4Be)

    On this EP, The HawtPlates—a performance trio formed by family members Jade Hicks, Justin Hicks, and

  • Mari Maurice of —-_—___, Austin, TX, August 26, 2021. Photo: Katherine Squire.

    PRINT December 2021

    SASHA GEFFEN’S BEST MUSIC OF 2021

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

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    —-_—___, THE HEART PUMPS KOOL-AID (Orange Milk)

    The Heart Pumps Kool-Aid uses abundant negative space to sound out the melancholy of Midwestern geography—the stretches of highway that connect nodes of activity, the time and gas they devour. Focusing on the emptiness between objects, Kool-Aid tracks how even the most embodied sounds quickly decay into silence. 

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    BODY MEAT, YEAR OF THE ORC (self-released)

    Christopher Taylor doesn’t so much write songs

  • Kanye West at a Donda listening event, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, July 22, 2021. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Music.

    PRINT December 2021

    HARMONY HOLIDAY’S BEST MUSIC OF 2021

    Harmony Holiday is a writer, archivist, and multi-genre artist living in Los Angeles. Her fifth volume of poems, Maafa, was published this month by Fence Books.

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    GABRIELS, LOVE AND HATE IN A DIFFERENT TIME (self-released)

    These accusatory soul ballads, which swoon with the erotics of unconditional forgiveness in a voice that envelops like a hand as a blooming rose reaching out from the middle of the throat—this is the only band I need for a while, a oneness trio. Vocalist Jacob Lusk gives me hope that we won’t have to harbor nostalgia for the textures of the 1960s forever. Tenderness toward

  • Still from Lana Del Rey’s 2021 video Chemtrails Over The Country Club, directed by Lana Del Rey.

    PRINT October 2021

    Raque Ford

    Raque Ford is a New York–based artist whose work incorporates Minimalism, abstraction, and narrative fiction. Her art has been featured at numerous galleries and institutions, including the Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art in Massachusetts as well as New York’s 321 Gallery, P.P.O.W, SculptureCenter, and Shoot the Lobster. Ford’s work will appear in this year’s edition of “Greater New York” at MoMA PS1, and her first solo exhibition with New York’s Greene Naftali will open in March 2022. 

  • Still from Normani featuring Cardi B’s 2021 video Wild Side, directed by Tanu Muino.

    PRINT September 2021

    Moses Sumney

    Moses Sumney is a singer, writer, and multidisciplinary storyteller. His debut album, Aromanticism (2017), topped end-of-year lists for media outlets such as Bandcamp Daily, the New York Times, NPR, and Pitchfork. In 2019, the artist received an SXSW award for his music-video work and completed a MacDowell Fellowship residency. Sumney’s 2020 sophomore double album, græ, has received top marks from Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, and the New Yorker, among other publications. Sumney’s first solo exhibition in New York, “technoechophenomena,” will be presented by Pioneer Works and staged at