• The Taste of Things

    The Taste of Things

    One of my favorites of the year

  • The Missing

    The Missing

    2023 Philippine entry to the Academy Awards

  • Rotting in the Sun

    Rotting in the Sun

    My favorite Sebastián Silva (so far)

  • Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World

    Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World

    Somehow the pièce de résistance of this film, amid its barrage of hyperliterary namechecks and coprolalia, is a callback to Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. And when it comes up, it’s both riotous and annihilating. It’s the ULYSSES of Romanian cinema.

  • Falling Stars

    Falling Stars

    Locarno - First feature competition

  • Theater Camp

    Theater Camp

    Jury duty for Locarno

  • Léon Morin, Priest

    Léon Morin, Priest

    “Thank you, Lord, for having made your servant Morin a refined work of art.”

  • Days of Being Wild

    Days of Being Wild

    I’ll see you in my dreams.

  • To Sleep with Anger

    To Sleep with Anger

    Incredible. Watched on MUBI.

  • Él

    Él

    Seen at MoMA as part of “To Save and Project: The 19th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation”

  • Kisapmata

    Kisapmata

    ★★★★★

    A lean-and-mean masterpiece of dread and claustrophobia, its grip tightening with every taut, ominous frame leading up to its inevitable—yet no less chilling—finale.

    One of the best domestic thrillers in Asian cinema, right up there with Kim Ki-young’s THE HOUSEMAID. 

    New Yorkers: catch KISAPMATA at MoMA on Nov. 3 & 19 when it screens as part of their Mike de Leon retrospective all November.

  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    My favorite TV series so far this year. Specters bedevil every frame of this, none looming larger than Maggie Cheung and VERTIGO.