THE ACADEMIC HACK.

Writings by Michael Sicinski.

A heap see. But a few know.

I. The Common Moviegoer

(the current rankings; recent reviews and reports)

 

Current Reviews on Letterboxd

Obscure Alternatives, my Patreon pay site

 

Films Seen 2020

New Releases Seen 2020 (organized by rating)

Films of 2020 ranked -- a Letterboxd list

2020 New York Film Festival - Currents, for MUBI -- one / two / three

2020 Crossroads Festival report for Cinema Scope

 

Films Seen 2019

New Releases Seen 2019

Best Experimental Features of the Decade, for MUBI

Best Experimental Shorts of the Decade, for MUBI

Interview with Leo Goldsmith and Gregory Zinman on Ad Astra and Experimental Film, for Filmmaker

2019 Crossroads Festival report for MUBI

2019 TIFF Wavelengths coverage for MUBI, parts one, two, three, and four

 

Films Seen 2018

New Releases Seen 2018

Top 50 Films of 2018

Top 30 Experimental Films of 2018 - for Obscure Alternatives

Welcome to the Other Resistance - Thoughts on the Year in Experimental Film (for MUBI)

2018 TIFF Wavelengths coverage for MUBI

2018 NYFF Projections coverage for MUBI

2018 Crossroads Festival ("I'm The Man") for MUBI

2018 Images Festival coverage for Cinema Scope

2018 True/False (home-game)

2018 New Directors / New Films (home-game)

 

2017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007 / 2006 / 2005/ 2004 / 2003 / 2002 / 2001 material

 

A General Introduction to What Goes On Here

Some Axioms

Nothing but Top Ten Lists (in progress - 1900-2018; added: Make Way For Tomorrow [1937])

Notes on Older Films (all future notes will appear on Letterboxd)

 

II. Lines of Light

(experimental film and video, by maker; festival reports)

 

- LAURIE ANDERSON (Heart of a Dog, for the Nashville Scene)

- BRUCE BAILLIE (for the Nashville Scene)

- CRAIG BALDWIN (interview about Mock Up on Mu, for Cinema Scope)

- STEPHANIE BARBER (on shipfilm and Dogs, for Fandor)

- ROBERT BEAVERS (for the Nashville Scene)

- JAMES BENNING 1 (RR, for the Nashville Scene)

- JAMES BENNING 2 (California Trilogy on DVD, for Cineaste)

- JOSHUA BONNETTA (for Cinema Scope)

- LOUISE BOURQUE (for the Images Festival - essay on p. 41)

- STAN BRAKHAGE (for the Nashville Scene)

- STEPHEN BROOMER (Brébeuf, for Broomer essay collection)

- OLIVIA CIUMMO (for Brooklyn Rail)

- SHIRLEY CLARKE (The Connection, for the Nashville Scene)

- NAZLI DINÇEL (for Cléo)

- NATHANIEL DORSKY (The Return, for Mubi)

- DUKE & BATTERSBY (Here Is Everything, Hallwalls exhibition)

- DZIGA-VERTOV GROUP (for Mubi)

- HEINZ EMIGHOLZ 1(Two Museums, for Reverse Shot)

- HEINZ EMIGHOLZ 2 ("Architecture and Beyond," for Mubi)

- KEVIN JEROME EVERSON (Park Lanes, for Cinema Scope)

- VALIE EXPORT (Touch Cinema and counter-surveillance, for Discourse)

- HARUN FAROCKI (obituary, for RogerEbert.com)

- LUKE FOWLER (for Cinema Scope)

- SU FRIEDRICH (Sink or Swim, on The Cinephiliacs)

- DOMINIC GAGNON (of the North, for Reverse Shot)

- DORA GARCÍA (Segunda vez, for Cinema Scope)

- JA'TOVIA GARY (The Giverny Document, for Cinema Scope)

- DAVID GATTEN 1 (mostly on the Byrd films, for Cinema Scope)

- DAVID GATTEN 2 (The Extravagant Shadows, for Cargo)

- JOHN GIANVITO (interview about Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind, for Cinema Scope)

- PHILIPPE GRANDRIEUX (Meurtrière, for Reverse Shot)

- VINCENT GRENIER (for Moving Image Source)

- KARISSA HAHN (for Fandor)

- CHRISTOPHER HARRIS (for Cinema Scope)

- PHILIP HOFFMAN (All Fall Down, for Cinema Scope)

- MIKE HOOLBOOM (Public Lighting, Hallwalls exhibition)

- SKY HOPINKA (interview on maƚni, for Mubi)

- PETER HUTTON (obituary / career span, for Cinema Scope)

- KEN JACOBS (on recent 3D films, for Mubi)

- WILLIAM E. JONES (interview about Tearoom, for Cinema Scope)

- JON JOST (Speaking Directly, for the Nashville Scene)

- SHAMBHAVI KAUL (for Cinema Scope)

- PATRICK KEILLER (Robinson in Ruins, for Cinema Scope)

- CASPAR KELLY ("Too Many Cooks," Storified tweets)

- JEAN-PAUL KELLY (Figure-ground, A Minimal Difference, Movement in Squares, for Cinema Scope)

- LYNN MARIE KIRBY (the Latent Light Excavation series, for Cinema Scope)

- HARMONY KORINE (Trash Humpers with Mike D'Angelo, for the Nashville Scene)

- GEORGE KUCHAR (The Devil's Cleavage / Hold Me While I'm Naked, for the Nashville Scene)

- SALOMÉ LAMAS (Eldorado XXI, for Cinema Scope)

- OWEN LAND (Dialogues, for Cinema Scope)

- DANI LEVENTHAL 1 (Hallwalls exhibition)

- DANI LEVENTHAL 2 (Tin Pressed)

- MARK LEWIS (Invention and others, for Cinema Scope)

- ROSE LOWDER (Bouquets 11-20, for Mubi)

- MARTÍN / PERANSON (La Última Película, for the Nashville Scene)

- NORMAN McLAREN (Neighbours and Begone Dull Care, for Criterion Channel)

- BILL MORRISON (The Great Flood, for the Nashville Scene)

- JENNI OLSON (The Royal Road, for Cinema Scope)

- ULRIKE OTTINGER (overview, for Cinema Scope)

- PETER BO RAPPMUND (Topophilia, for Cinema Scope)

- JENNIFER TODD REEVES (When It Was Blue, for Cinema Scope)

- DANI and SHEILAH RESTACK (interview about Strangely Ordinary This Devotion, for Cinema Scope)

- NICOLAS REY (autrement, la Molussie, for Cinema Scope

- BEN RIVERS 1 (Slow Action, for Gallery TWP / TIFF)

- BEN RIVERS 2 (his short films, for Cinema Scope) (also available in Czech)

- RIVERS / RUSSELL (interview about A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, for Cinema Scope)

- MICHAEL ROBINSON (for Cinema Scope)

- JAY ROSENBLATT (Phantom Limb / overview, for Fandor)

- CELIA ROWLSON-HALL (Ma, for Mubi)

- BEN RUSSELL (Let Each One Go Where He May, for Cinema Scope)

- LYNNE SACHS (for the Nashville Scene)

- SYLVIA SCHEDELBAUER (for Cinema Scope)

- P. ADAMS SITNEY (curated program, for the Nashville Scene)

- MICHAEL SNOW (Wavelength and Heidegger, for Qui Parle)

- PHIL SOLOMON (Crossroad and Rehearsals for Retirement, for Cinema Scope)

- ERIKO SONODA (for Cinema Scope)

- LIONEL SOUKAZ (for Fandor Keyframe)

- SCOTT STARK (The Realist, for Mubi)

- WILLIE VARELA (The Ambien Series, for Uzak)

- PETER WATKINS 1 (The Freethinker, for Fandor)

- BLAKE WILLIAMS (interview about PROTOTYPE, for Cinema Scope)

- CAVEH ZAHEDI (In the Bathtub of the World and festival politics)

 

- Luminous Decades: Fifty Years of Canyon Cinema (for Cargo)

- 2014: The Deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner - Documents of Barbarism (for Mubi)

- 2014 TIFF Wavelengths Preview (for Mubi)

- 2013 TIFF Wavelengths Preview (for Mubi)

- 2013 TIFF Wavelengths: Three Masters (for The Dissolve)

- 2013 Images Festival (for Cinema Scope)

- 2013: The Wrong Man - In Memory of Sunil Tripathi (for Cargo)

- 2012 Ann Arbor Film Festival (for Mubi)

- 2011 TIFF Wavelengths Preview (for Mubi)

- 2010 TIFF Wavelengths Preview (for Mubi)

- 2009 TIFF Wavelengths Preview: Part One and Part Two (for Mubi)

 

 

III. The Funky Diegesis

(longer pieces on narrative cinema, documentaries, &c.)

 

- ALEJANDRO ADAMS 1 - Canary (roundtable for mubi)

- ALEJANDRO ADAMS 2 - Amity (cs)

- MAREN ADE - Everyone Else (mubi)

- WES ANDERSON - Fantastic Mr. Fox (cs)

- MICHAEL APTED - The "Up" films (fandor)

- THOMAS ARSLAN 1 - In The Shadows (reverse shot)

- THOMAS ARSLAN 2 - Gold (fandor)

- JEANNE BALIBAR - Wonders in the Suburbs (mubi)

- ANNA BILLER - The Love Witch (cs)

- BERTRAND BONELLO - overview (reverse shot)

- BONG JOON-HO - Snowpiercer (cs)

- ANDREW BUJALSKI - Computer Chess (nash)

- JANE CAMPION - Top of the Lake (cs)

- DAMIEN CHAZELLE - Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (nash)

- DENIS CÔTÉ - Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (cs)

- MICHAEL CURTIZ - Mildred Pierce (nash)

- TERENCE DAVIES - The Deep Blue Sea (cs)

- MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA 1 - The Strange Case of Angelica (cs)

- LAV DIAZ - A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (cs)

- MATI DIOP - short films (criterion)

- BRUNO DUMONT 1 - Li'l Quinquin (cs)

- BRUNO DUMONT 2 - Camille Claudel 1915 (cs)

- RICHARD DUTCHER - overview (cs)

- ELOY ENCISO - Arraianos (reverse shot)

- ASGHAR FARHADI - A Separation (cs)

- RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER - World on a Wire (nash)

- PASCALE FERRAN - Lady Chatterly (cineaste)

- ROBERT GARDNER - Forest of Bliss (fandor)

- ALEKSEI GERMAN - Hard to Be a God (reverse shot)

- NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER 1 - Abendland and Danube Hospital (mubi)

- NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER 2 - Homo Sapiens (village voice)

- NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER 3 - Over The Years (mubi)

- ALAIN GUIRAUDIE - overview (thessaloniki film festival)

- DEBRA GRANIK - Winter's Bone (cargo)

- VALESKA GRISEBACH - Longing (mubi)

- GROUPE DZIGA-VERTOV - overview (mubi)

- PAUL HAGGIS - most of my review of Crash (cineaste)

- HAMAGUCHI RYUSUKE - Happy Hour (cs)

- MAHAMET-SALEH HAROUN - A Screaming Man (cs)

- MARY HARRON - The Notorious Bettie Page (cineaste)

- HAL HARTLEY 1 - interview about Ned Rifle (filmmaker mag)

- HAL HARTLEY 2 - overview (metrograph)

- TODD HAYNES - Mildred Pierce (nash)

- AMY HECKERLING - Vamps (cs)

- THOMAS HEISE - overview / Heimat is a Space in Time (cs)

- BENJAMIN HEISENBERG - The Robber (cs)

- CHRISTOPH HOCHHÄUSLER - The City Below (reverse shot)

- AGNIESZKA HOLLAND - Burning Bush (fandor)

- HONG SANG-SOO - A Tale of Cinema (cs)

- SOPHIE HYDE - 52 Tuesdays (fandor)

- SPIKE JONZE - Where the Wild Things Are (cs)

- MANI KAUL - obituary / Duvidha (cs)

- AKI KAURISMÄKI - Le Havre (criterion) (also available in Greek)

- ABBAS KIAROSTAMI - Certified Copy (mubi)

- ULRICH KÖHLER 1 - In My Room (cs)

- ULRICH KÖHLER 2 - Bungalow (mubi)

- ULRICH KÖHLER / HENNER WINCKLER - A Voluntary Year (mubi)

- JUHO KUOSMANEN - The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (mubi)

- PABLO LARRAÍN - No (nash)

- MIKE LEIGH - Another Year (nash)

- DAVID LYNCH - Twin Peaks: The Return (filmmaker mag)

- LECH MAJEWSKI - The Mill and the Cross (nash)

- GABRIEL MASCARO - August Winds (reverse shot)

- AVI MOGRABI - Between Fences / overview (mubi)

- MIKE OTT - Littlerock (cs)

- NICOLÁS PEREDA - overview (reverse shot)

- ALEX ROSS PERRY - interview about The Color Wheel (cs)

- CHRISTIAN PETZOLD - Jerichow (cs)

- MAURICE PIALAT - A nos amours. (av club)

- JOAQUIN PINTO - What Now? Remind Me (fandor)

- LAURA POITRAS - The Oath (nash)

- MATTHEW PORTERFIELD - Putty Hill (cargo)

- CRISTI PUIU 1 - Three Interpretation Exercises (fandor)

- CRISTI PUIU 2 - Aurora (fandor)

- MOHAMMAD RASOULOF - overview (cs)

- KELLY REICHARDT 1 - Wendy & Lucy (cineaste)

- KELLY REICHARDT 2 - River of Grass (av club)

- ALAIN RESNAIS - Wild Grass (nash)

- BOOTS RILEY - Sorry to Bother You (nash)

- JACQUES RIVETTE - The Duchess of Langeais (cineaste)

- GIANFRANCO ROSI - Sacro GRA (cs)

- FRANK V. ROSS - Tiger Tail in Blue (cs)

- JEAN ROUCH - overview (mubi)

- DAN SALLITT - The Unspeakable Act (cs)

- ANGELA SCHANELEC - overview (mubi)

- SHIN SANG-OK - A Flower in Hell (reverse shot)

- AKIHIKO SHIOTA - Wet Woman in the Wind (mubi)

- ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO - Bamako (cs)

- ALEXANDER SOKUROV - Alexandra (cs)

- TODD SOLONDZ 1 - Life During Wartime (nash)

- TODD SOLONDZ 2 - Dark Horse (nash)

- TODD SOLONDZ 3 - Wiener-Dog / interview (filmmaker mag)

- PAOLO SORRENTINO - overview (cs)

- JAN SVANKMAJER - Lunacy (cs)

- TERESA VILLAVERDE - Colo (reverse shot)

- LARS VON TRIER - Nymphomaniac (cs)

- THE WACHOWSKIS / TYKWER - Cloud Atlas (cs)

- KÔJI WAKAMATSU - United Red Army (fandor)

- FREDERICK WISEMAN - At Berkeley (fandor)

- YASMIN AHMAD - overview (reverse shot)

- YING LIANG - When Night Falls (cs)

- RAMON ZÜRCHER - The Strange Little Cat (cs)

- ANDREI ZVYAGINTSEV - Elena (reverse shot)

 

- All my work for Cinema Scope

- All my work for Mubi

- All my work for the Nashville Scene

 

IV. F*** It! We'll Do It Live!

(podcasts, q&a's, video stuff)

 

-Q&A with Ja'Tovia Gary for the 2019 Houston Cinema Arts Festival

-discussion with Sky Hopinka and Simon Liu (HCAF summer 2020 presentation)

-Peter Labuza made me sound less stuttery on The Cinephiliacs

-I blather like an idiot about NYFF Currents on the Cannes I Kick It? podcast

 

V. A Hundred Flowers in Bloom (web links)

 

VI. Viewer Mail (contact me here)

 

     

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