Browsing Category

by Patrick Devitt

by Patrick Devitt Film Kicking the Canon

Smoking/No Smoking | Alain Resnais

Alain Resnais’s ingenuity as a filmmaker is on full display in his adaptation of one of the British theater’s most complex and rewarding works, Intimate Exchanges. A theatrical octet written between 1982 and 1983 by prolific playwright Alan Ayckbourn, the work is comprised of…

April 24, 2020
by Patrick Devitt Film Horizon Line

Support the Girls | Andrew Bujalski

A driving force behind the work of Andrew Bujalski is his passion to transcend the vapidness found in so much of contemporary American independent filmmaking. Funny Ha Ha inaugurated “mumblecore” — one of the most important and influential movements in international cinema since the French New…

August 24, 2018
by Patrick Devitt Film Horizon Line

BPM (Beats Per Minute) | Robin Campillo

There’s scarcely been a better time for a film like BPM (Beats Per Minute), with its genuine and rare sense of empathy, and its yearning spirit of liberation from the influence of oppressive forces. Unfortunately, Robin Campillo’s third feature is bogged down by the shortcomings of its filmmaking. BPM follows…

October 20, 2017
by Patrick Devitt Film Horizon Line

Ex Libris | Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman is one of a handful of contemporary filmmakers who can make duration a virtue: Ex Libris uses its staggering, 197-minute runtime to thoroughly examine the institution of the New York Public Library. Going back to the 1960s, Wiseman has proven a master of vivisecting spaces and…

September 13, 2017
In Review | Online film and music criticism