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The Wrong Lessons

The Wrong Lessons

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The gaining of self-knowledge is at the heart of “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” bisexual filmmaker Desiree Akhavan’s (“Appropriate Behavior”) bittersweet adaptation of Emily M. Danforth’s novel about a teen forging her independence and finding her identity in the face of repression. The film opens with a pastor (Steven Hauck) warning […]

Walking Away From It All

Walking Away From It All

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Director Lauren Greenfield’s film “Generation Wealth” is the third version of her dystopian take on contemporary American culture sharing that name, following a collection of photos printed in a monograph and shown in New York at the International Center of Photography last year. But the medium of film allows us to hear […]

Nico, Nuanced This Time

Nico, Nuanced This Time

BY STEVE ERICKSON | A 1995 documentary about German-born singer Nico, whose real name was Christa Päffgen, is titled “Nico Icon.” Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli’s narrative film “Nico, 1988” pulls her off that pedestal and turns her back into a human being. Nico’s 15-year period of heroin addiction and status as a beautiful woman who acted in […]

A Proper Portrait of Alexander McQueen

A Proper Portrait of Alexander McQueen

BY DAVID NOH | The 1990s and early aughts were a golden age of fashion, largely for the presence of two genius designers, John Galliano and (Lee) Alexander McQueen, who would have been great in any age. Galliano’s brilliance lay in his glorification of romance — and sex — filtered through the prism of couture’s history […]

Dystopia Spiked With Wit

Dystopia Spiked With Wit

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Politics and silliness are supposed to be enemies. In fact, the way the alt-right rose by its hiding its true hatefulness beneath a veneer of irony and politically incorrect humor has soured some people on the whole idea of comedy. Boots Riley’s “Sorry To Bother You” reminds us that satire can bring […]

When that Child Truly is a Surprise

When that Child Truly is a Surprise

BY GARY M. KRAMER | “Ideal Home” is a diverting comedy by out gay writer/ director Andrew Fleming. Erasmus (Steve Coogan) is the egocentric host of a cable TV food show produced by his partner Paul (Paul Rudd). The bickering couple must figure out how to be good parents when Erasmus’ grandson Bill (Jack Gore) […]

A Life of Genius and Jealousies

A Life of Genius and Jealousies

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s “Love, Cecil” is an affectionate documentary portrait about the famous gay British author, designer, painter, and photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). The film is a magnificent showcase for Beaton’s work as well as his thoughts about style and his impressions of people — he candidly refers to Katharine […]

Four Approaches to “Marlina the Murderer”

Four Approaches to “Marlina the Murderer”

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Entry Point No. 1: Global Cinema Reviewing director Mouly Surya’s “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts,” critic Peter Bradshaw very bluntly summed it up as “Leone meets Tarantino in Indonesia.” Put that simply, it sounds like a screenwriter’s pitch from Robert Altman’s “The Player,” though I can actually imagine the director […]

A Young Girl’s Gaze

A Young Girl’s Gaze

BY STEVE ERICKSON | European and Iranian directors have made many films about children that are not really intended to be seen by them. If a six-year-old girl watched her on-screen counterpart in Catalan director Carla Simón’s “Summer 1993,” she would probably reach for a Blu-ray of last year’s Pixar animated hit “Coco” within 10 minutes, […]

Tangible and Social: Virtual Reality at Tribeca Immersive

Tangible and Social: Virtual Reality at Tribeca Immersive

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | The stereotype of Virtual Reality (VR) is an isolated person sitting alone in a room, their head sealed within a helmet, master of a lonesome utopia. Early efforts at VR often met this cliché — but the “Tribeca Immersive” programming at the Tribeca Film Festival aims to make virtual reality a more tangible […]

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