Hong Sang-soo’s latest film is a deeply satisfying puzzle without a solution, and one of his funniest and richest films to date.
At the moment, Chris Fujiwara’s website is under construction, so a full CV has to be assembled piecemeal. He’s written books on Jacques Tourneur, Otto Preminger and, most recently, Jerry Lewis for the Contemporary Film Directors series. He put together the 2007 collection Defining Moments in Cinema; a veritable explosion of hardcore cinephilia from writers
A film that only feigns creative risk-taking, Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN disappoints; though lifted by its acting performances and some formal flourishes, its clumsy screenplay both aimed at and the embodiment of pretension drags the feature down.
Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH is a thrilling, visceral film about the relationship between a drumming student and teacher that questions the lengths gone to create perfections and its costs.