essays and criticism (by year)

Essays, Book Reviews, Interviews, and Criticism


Film Quarterly, Unknown Continents: A Conversation with authors Patricia Zimmermann and Scott MacDonald, authors of The Flaherty: Decades in the Cause of Independent Cinema

Art-Agenda, review of the Whitney Biennial film program

Film Comment, review of Paraguay Remembered

Times Literary Supplement, review of Jean Louis Schefer, The Ordinary Man of Cinema

Art-Agenda, review of Arthur Jafa’s Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death

Reverse Shot year-end coverage: Best Of capsule review of No Home Movie; 2 Cent contributions for worst actor (Forest Whitaker x2) and foulest trailer (Deepwater Horizon)

Film Comment, year-end capsule review of Right Now, Wrong Then

Film Comment, review of Hoop Dreams for “Radical Sundance”



Film Comment, short take review of Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals

Reverse Shot, review of Paul Verhoven’s Elle

Reverse Shot, review of Hong Sang-soo’s Yourself and Yours

Social Text, “Revisiting Postmodernism: An Interview with Fredric Jameson” (with Nico Baumbach and Damon R. Young), Social Text 34 no. 2 (June 2016)

Film Comment, review of Oberhausen Short Film Festival

Film Quarterly, interview with Annie Baker

Art-Agenda, review of Hollis Frampton’s ADSVMVS ABSVMVS at Room East

Metrograph, View from a Booth

Even Magazine no. 3, The Lights of Home(on the films of Chantal Akerman)



Reverse Shot, review of Projections at NYFF

Film Comment, review of Il Cinema Ritrovato festival

Art-Agenda, review of Pierre Bismuth’s Where Is Rocky II? Teaser-Trailer at Team Gallery

Reverse Shot, Scene Missing,” essay on Morgan Fisher’s Standard Gauge

Film Comment, Kitchen Sink Cinema: Artist-Run Film Laboratories

Reverse Shot, report on First Look Festival at The Museum of the Moving Image

Reverse Shot, year-end write-ups on Two Days, One NightThe Hungergames: Mockingjay Part 1Under the Skin; and Birdman



Art-Agenda, review of the 6th annual Migrating Forms at BAMcinématek

Film Comment, Living Cinema: Experimental Film and the Academy

The Times Literary Supplement, book review of Rashna Wadia Richards’ Cinematic Flashes: Cinephilia and Classical Hollywood

The Times Literary Supplement, book review of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Saint Paul: A Screenplay

Art-Agenda, review of “Slide, Slide, Slide” at Microscope Gallery

Reverse Shot, report on Projections Program at the New York Film Festival 

Reverse Shot, review of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo

Reverse Shot, review of Abderrahme Sissako’s Timbuktu

Reverse Shot, review of Asia Argento’s Misunderstood

Film Comment, review of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Path of Oil

Film Quarterly, report on the 43rd Rotterdam Film Festival

Film Comment, review of Len Lye at the Drawing Center

Film Comment, report on the Ann Arbor Film Festival

Film Comment, Art of the Real: The Films of Mati Diop

Film Comment, report on Motion(less) Pictures at Anthology Film Archives

Reverse Shot, American Gladiators: Scandal/Primary Colors

The Brooklyn Rail, The Cinema of Cruelty: review of Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture

Film Quarterly 67.1 (Fall 2013) “Unhomely Video,” book review of Caetlin Benson-Allott’s Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens

The Times Literary Supplement, book review of Nicolas Roeg’s The World Is Ever Changing



Reverse Shot, report on the 17th Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival

Reverse Shot, Our University,” on Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley

In Media Res, The Errant Pixelon Basma Alsharif’s Home Movies Gaza

Film Comment, report on Il Cinema Ritrovato festival

Film Quarterly 66 no. 2 (Winter 2012) “Walkin’ in the Sand: Interview with Laida Lertxundi

Film Quarterly 66. no 2 (Winter 2012) “Film by Fire: Olivier Assayas and A Post-May Adolescence: Letter to Alice Debord,” review essay

Cineaste v. 38 no. 3 (Summer 2013), contribution to “Film Criticism: The Next Generation, Part II”

The Times Literary Supplement, book review of Jonathan Kirshner’s Hollywood’s Last Golden Age 

Reverse Shot, Hide and Seek: the Films of Dani Leventhal

The Brooklyn Rail, From a Dark Room: Interview with Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder

Film Comment, Our Nixon Outtakes,” a conversation with Penny Lane and Brian Frye, Nested Forms,” report on the 42nd Rotterdam Film Festival

Moving Image Source, Moments of 2012,” on David Gatten’s The Extravagant Shadows

Reverse Shot, Top 10 of 2012 (The Kid with a Bike); 11 Offenses of 2012 (Ruby Sparks); 2 Cents of 2012 (“Most Infantalizing Indie Rom-Com” and “Best New York Times Ratings Explanation Capsule Review”)



The Times Literary Supplement, book review of Siegfried Kracauer’s American Writings

Walker Art Center Magazine, Films the Color of Blood: On The Renegades

Reverse Shot, report on the 16th Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival

Film Comment, “Infinite Cities”: Phil Solomon’s “EMPIRE” and Tsai Ming-Liang’s Walker at the 16th Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival

Film Comment, Loose Ends: Interview with Tony Conrad

Reverse Shot, review of Wuthering Heights

Waging Nonviolence, Step Up‘s Franchised Revolution

Reverse Shot, review of Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry

Reverse Shot, Blackout,” essay on Todd Haynes’s Safe

Film Comment, review of Christian Marclay’s The Clock

Reverse Shotreview of It’s the Earth, Not the Moon

Cinema Scope 50, Michael Robinson

Moving Image Source, program notes on The Sound of Music

LA Weekly, review of Lee Anne Schmitt’s The Last Buffalo Hunt, Critic’s Pick: Brian Bress, “Under Performing”

Reverse Shot, Two Cents of 2011,Best Prop: The Planet Melancholia



Moving Image Source, “Moments of 2011,” reflection on Occupy Davis

Reverse Shot, Best of 2011, capsule review of Nostalgia for the Light

Joan’s Digest 1, Rewound

Reverse Shot, report on the 5th Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Reverse Shotreport on the 15th Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival

Reverse Shotreview of My Week with Marilyn

Reverse Shotreview of Sleeping Sickness

Reverse Shot, review of A Dangerous Method

Reverse Shotreview of Le Havre

Reverse Shotreview of John Hughes’ Curly Sue

LA Weekly,Pop Tart: Bonnie McKee, the singer/songwriter behind Katy and Britney’s sugar-coated hits

Killing the Buddha, Malick’s Cosmos, Revisited

Senses of Cinemareport on the 24th Images Film Festival

Reverse Shotreport on the 3rd Migrating Forms festival

Mubi/Edinburgh Film Festival, Project: New Cinephilia roundtable (with Michael Koresky, Daniel Cockburn, Kent Jones, and Melissa Anderson)

Reverse Shotreview of The Tree of Life

Reverse Shot, In a Lonely Place,” essay on La Luna and Lost in Translation, Pop Up Video: Michael Robinson at the REDCAT

Senses of Cinemareport on the 40th Rotterdam Film Festival

Killing the Buddha, Falling Up: Brent Green’s Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then

Reverse Shotreview of The Housemaid

Reverse Shot, Reverse Shot’s 11 Offenses of 2010, film review: Eat Pray Love



Reverse Shot, Best of 2010, film review: Bluebeard

Senses of Cinema, The Curtain’s Undrawn: An Interview with Olivier Assayas

Reverse Shot,Now, Voyager essay on Sandra Kogut’s Mutum

Reverse Shot,  report on the 14th Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival

Moving Image Source, Empire of Signs: Get Out of the Car and the Living Ruins of Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles

Reverse Shotreview of The Last Exorcism

Moving Image Source, View from the Falls: A Review of the Phil Solomon Retrospective at the National Gallery of Art

Reverse Shot, Whistle a Different Tune,” essay on The Sound of Music

Film Commentreview of I Killed My Mother (July/August 2010)

Reverse Shotreview of Restrepo

Cinema Scope, review of The Father of My Children (June 2010)

indieWIRE: Reverse Shot’s Best of 2009, film review: 24 City



Discourse 31.3, Deadly Desires,” book review of Poison Woman: Figuring Female Transgression in Modern Japanese Culture, by Christine L. Marran

Reverse Shotreview of Syndromes and a Century

Reverse Shot, report on the 13th Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival

Reverse Shot,  review of The Baader Meinhof Complex

Reverse Shotreview of Claire Denis’s L’Intrus

Reverse Shot, California Dreaming,” interview with Agnès Varda

Senses of Cinemareport on the 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam

Film Comment 44, no. 8 (Mar/Apr 2009), film review: Tokyo Sonata

Reverse Shot, review of Azazel Jacobs’s Momma’s Man

Film Comment 44, no. 7 (Jan/Feb 2009), film review: Gomorrah

indieWIRE: Reverse Shot’s Best of 2008, film review: Still Life



Introduction to an interview with Stan Brakhage conducted by Pip Chodorov, “Brakhage at the Millennium,” Millennium Film Journal No. 47/48/49 (Fall/Winter 2007-08) (abridged version printed in The Brooklyn Rail,Stan Brakhage with Pip Chodorov”)

Reverse Shot, daily dispatches from the 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam   dispatch 1   dispatch 2

Reverse Shotreport on the 12th Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival

Reverse Shotreview of Let the Right One In

Reverse Shotreview of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Café Lumière



Senses of Cinema, Short: As Long as It Takes at the 36th Rotterdam Film Festival

Reverse Shot, Quiet Riot,” interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Senses of Cinemareport on the 11th Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival

Senses of Cinemareport on the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam

Contributing passage in Greil Marcus’s The Shape of Things To Come: Prophecy and the American Voice (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006)

Senses of CinemaGreat Directors: Jonas Mekas

Senses of Cinemareport on the International Experimental Cinema Exposition

Senses of Cinemareport on the 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam Real Life Rock Top Ten contribution (8)

Senses of Cinemareport on the 32nd International Film Festival Rotterdam

Senses of Cinema, The Last Picture Show: Film and Video Installation in the Late 60s and Early 70s

Senses of Cinemareport on the 4th Annual Bangkok International Film Festival