But does that matter to audiences?
Is Interstellar better when you’re stoned?
Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic has a few things in common with 2001: A Space Odyssey, you say? Let’s put it to the test.
I went to the movies and saw my grandmother get stabbed to death
On how my grandmother acted in the Yiddish-language musical Kol Nidre
The South American variation on Superbad that was an unexpected highlight of the Chicago International Film Festival
On watching the Uruguayan drug comedy High Five while the rest of the world was at work
How going to the movies is like going to the ballet
Thoughts on Frederick Wiseman’s latest documentary, National Gallery, and the fleeting nature of all art
How David Fincher and Gyorgy Palfi, two different filmmakers, use digital video to uncanny effect
Free Fall and Gone Girl: New adventures in hi-def
In praise of movies that fail spectacularly
Why have I seen Diary of a Shinjuku Thief so many times if I don’t like the film very much?
Rocks in My Pockets and the challenge of representing mental illnesses onscreen
Do people with mental illnesses want to see movies about people like themselves?
There ought to be more film screenings in ballrooms
The cancelation of a screening in the Drake Hotel ballroom inspires memories of similar film events.
Finding The Long, Long Trailer and wide, wide seats at Webster Place
Observations in and around the north-side multiplex, which recently installed recliners in some of its theaters
Is it curtains for curtains in America’s movie theaters?
A short lament for the vanishing convention of curtains in front of movie screens
Ten recent movies that I wish had been directed by Lee Daniels
Daniels’s exuberance and weird integrity could have benefitted a good number of recent movies.
I spent the summer of 2000 in the dive bar of multiplexes
I had great fun working at a theater that was going out of business, no matter how gross it could be at times.
Do movies require interpersonal conflict to be fun?
Considering how the games we play as children influence our tastes in entertainment as adults
Learning to live with computer-generated imagery
Personal reflections on the current state of effects-driven productions