Montana Wojczuk tries to understand mumblecore and Laurel Nakadate’s new film Stay the Same, Never Change.
Montana Wojczuk reviews the documentary William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe.
Montana Wojczuk reviews Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre.
Jean Bergeron’s film on M. C. Escher, Achever l’inachevable (Achieving the Unachievable), shown at the MUSE film festival.
Montana Wojczuk reports on some of the energetic, stylish shorts of Sundance 2009.
Ian Mackaye joins filmmakers Jem Cohen and John Cohen (no relation) onstage at IFC to talk about the intersections of punk and folk.
Bahman Ghobadi’s film, No One Knows About Persian Cats, is a story about a struggling Iranian band whose members become unwitting political activists. He talks to Montana Wojczuk about the music scene and the difficulties of shooting a film in Tehran.
Montana Wojczuk chats with Robert Persons about his poetic new film General Orders No. 9, cartography, and Southern melancholia.
General Orders No. 9, the debut of filmmaker Robert Persons, has been 11 years in the making. The film is a non-narrative meditation on, roughly, the passage of time, the disappearance of visual remnants of history, the development of the city of Atlanta on once-rural land and finally the imposition of inanimate/false grids over organic structures. As with the best non-narrative filmmakers, Persons has found his own way to create structure in the film, dividing it into three main parts: rural, urban and an attempt to reconcile the two. This three-part structure is age-old (fairy tales, traditional three-act plays and films, even TV shows share it), but the images accrete meaning over time. The themes build up slowly, which is a pleasure because the photography itself is gorgeous. For pure visual pleasure the first half of the film has few rivals, it is the dream of the south on screen, the mossy trees, slow-moving rivers and creamy white flowers bursting into bloom in the dead of night. Whether this is meant to be the South as it once was or as it never was save in our collective imagination, Persons’ vision casts a powerful spell, the slow rotation of a music box’s brass drum, the little brass fingers playing over braille-like ripples on the surface, followed by a shot of a wide glassy river, light playing over the ripples as the music plays on.
Samuel Maoz made Lebanon to make sense of his own experiences as a soldier in the Lebanese war of the 1980s. Montana Wojczuk assesses the film and addresses the gestation period for clear narratives that deal with traumatic events in history.
Filmmaker Lucretia Martel has often been compared to David Lynch, but where Lynch’s films give off the rank smell of a decaying swamp (with who knows what sunk to the bottom), Martel’s new film reminds me of the arid beauty of a bone left in the sun.
Montana Wojczuk reports on the advance screening of Watchmen and photographer Clay Enos’s new book, WATCHMEN: Portraits.
Montana Wojczuk talks with Cary Fukunaga Writer/Director of Sin Nombre at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Urban legends never die. In Cristian Mungiu’s film Tales from the Golden Age, opening on Saturday as part of Lincoln Center’s Film Comment series, these legends often revolve, pardon the pun, around David and Goliath stories—brief moments where an overworked, hungry populace gets the better of a totalitarian government.
Montana Wojczuck returns with an investigation—nay, exploration—of German wildman Werner Herzog’s latest film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
Even the caves at Lascaux had some guy saying, That buffalo is too literal.
—Michael Seidenberg, Brazen Head Books
Werner Herzog wants us to be aliens. The filmmaker is a man from outer space. His wide-eyed wonder sometimes tries my patience, as showing around an out-of-towner can begin as an opportunity to have a chance encounter with my own city but quickly becomes obnoxious. One can’t go around marveling at every skyscraper. But is it an adaptive skill to take these marvels of engineering for granted, or have our aesthetic senses become too dull to marvel?
Certified Copy, the new film from Abbas Kiarostami, is now playing at the IFC Film Center in New York. BOMBlog’s In Sight columnist Montana Wojczuk sat down with Juliette Binoche as part of a roundtable interview.
Our intrepid film correspondent Montana Wojczuk caught up with Jem Cohen for this Podcast. They had a broad ranging discussion covering topics from 8-mm film, to Jeff Koons.
From Gasland to Afghanistan, and everywhere in between. Montana Wojczuk on the evolving narratives and increasing force of documentary film.
Montana Wojczuk’s first dispatch from the 25th Sundance Film Festival.
Montana Wojczuk reports from the most popular screening at Sundance— Obama’s inauguration.
Alicia Conway interviewed at the Sundance Film festival about her new film Rite.
This morning (April 22nd) a small private ceremony was held in Benghazi for journalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondos, killed while on assignment in Misurata, Libya. You can read CJ Chivers’ email account of the service here and Al Jazeera’s response to the tragedy here. Earlier this year, BOMB’s Montana Wojczuk sat down with Tim Hetherington and his directing partner, Sebastian Junger, on the occasion of their new documentary film, RESTREPO; we are re-posting the podcast below.
Montana Wojczuk interviews Wendy and Lucy author Jon Raymond.