Museum Films at Home: On Bacurau

This week, Virtual OKCMOA is partnering with Kino Lorber to beam one of the year’s most strikingly original and critically acclaimed new releases straight to your living-room. A box-office smash that racked up over one million views in its native Brazil, 2019 Cannes Jury Prize winner Bacurau is an audacious and timely, post-modern Western that pits… Learn More

Virtual OKCMOA

Let’s get this out of the way first: a virtual experience of any art museum is no replacement for the in-person experience. There is no replacement for standing in front of a great work of art, spending time in its presence, seeing what the artist saw. Unfortunately, it is an experience that has been put… Learn More

70th Berlin International Film Festival

The 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival (or Berlinale, as it is better known) was one of consequence—and not only for its milestone anniversary. The first installment programmed under the leadership of new Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian (formerly of the highly esteemed Locarno Film Festival), the 70th Berlinale welcomed a greater number of… Learn More

The Best Films of 2019

Before I get to what I consider the highlight of this post, my annotated and ranked choices for the ten best world premieres of 2019, I first would like to survey the previous twelve months in US new releases. I am very pleased to report that twenty-two of the first twenty-five films (noted prior to my… Learn More

Winter Light: Hong Sang-soo's Hotel by the River (2018)

The narrated opening credits of Hong Sang-soo’s Hotel by the River (2018), the writer-director’s twenty-third feature since he made his first in 1996, and the fifth to premiere in the span of less than nineteen months, makes mention of the fact that the film was shot between January 29 and February 14, 2018. Though this… Learn More

The Present-Tense Period Film: Viewing Christian Petzold’s Transit (2018)

One of the most conceptually exhilarating and intellectually stimulating films in ages, Christian Petzold’s Transit (2018) adapts Anna Seghers 1944 novel of the same name, transposing the German author’s French-set source material to modern-day Marseille. Well, only sort of. Yes, Transit basically takes place ‘today,’ with the contemporary police vehicles and migrant-crisis thematic to match—but there… Learn More

Museum Films’ Best Films of 2018

Below are my top ten world premieres of 2018, each with short capsule descriptions, plus eleven runners-up and my favorite belatedly viewed 2017 premieres. I am also including five additional 2017 festival favorites, which screened for this first time in the Noble Theater in 2018. I am including these as insight into which films I… Learn More

Reports on Today’s Youth: Jacques Becker's Postwar Trilogy

Made during a four-year period of recovery following the end of the Second World War, director Jacques Becker’s (1906-1960) postwar “Youth” trilogy of Antoine and Antoinette (1947), Rendezvous in July (1949), and Édouard and Caroline (1951) represents one of the most important bridges between pre-World War II realist French cinema and the artistically seismic nouvelle vague (or French New Wave) that emerged… Learn More

The Camera as a Body Cast: On Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts

A masterful recent work of the Romanian New Wave—a film movement, born in 2005, which shows no signs of creative exhaustion—Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts (Inimi cicatrizate, 2016) transports us to the Black Sea coast in the summer, fall and winter of 1937, in that moment after Hitler ascended to power in Germany, and before the National Legionary… Learn More