Jonathan Kiefer

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  • At the end of Tsai Ming-liang's modestly confident 1992 debut, seen from arm's length and from above, a clutch of sad little phone-dating cubicles looks like something out of Jacques Tati. Except instead of a mod Parisian arena for coy clowning,...

  • The late New Wave auteur Eric Rohmer equated his films to novels -- that's what auteur means, after all -- and A Summer's Tale feels like a great beach read of a movie, that deceptively slender paperback you tuck into your luggage because...

  • Legend has it that after not cutting it as a probation officer, Shep Gordon dropped some acid and stumbled into Hollywood, whereupon Janis Joplin punched him in the face and Jimi Hendrix said to him, "Are you Jewish? You should be a manager," and...

  • As its subtitle suggests, one reason Errol Morris's 2003 documentary The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara proved so resonant is that its subject was partly a proxy for his most notorious professional...

  • Solemnity and restrained naturalism seem like indie-movie affectations now, so the challenge for writer-director Daniel Patrick Carbone's feature debut is to transcend a certain festival-ready familiarity and simply seem true to itself. Obviously...

  • 1 year ago | Film Reviews

    As its subtitle suggests, one reason Errol Morris's 2003 documentary The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara proved so resonant is that its subject was partly a proxy for his most notorious professional successor, the de...