Writings by Michael Sicinski

A place where nothing. Nothing ever happens.


I. The Common Moviegoer

(the current rankings; recent reviews and reports)


A General Introduction to What Goes On Here (minor updates, 11/8/15)


Films Seen 2016

New Releases Seen 2016 (organized by rating)

2016 MMI First Look: "A Matter of Visibility" report for MUBI

2016 Ann Arbor Film Festival / 2016 SF Crossroads Festival report for Fandor - NOW UP


Films Seen 2015

New Releases Seen 2015 (organized by rating)

2015 Capsule Reviews on Letterboxd (COMING UP: a major year-end catch-up)


2015 NYFF Projections coverage for MUBI

2015 TIFF Wavelengths preview for MUBI: Experimental Short Films

2015 TIFF Wavelengths coverage for MUBI: Feature Films

2015 TIFF capsules for Cinema Scope

2015 Top Twenty-Five (with review links coming soon)


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


Nothing but Top Ten Lists (in progress - 1940-2012; NEW: Loads (1980); Light Music (1977); UPDATE: Wide Angle Saxon moved from #3 to #6 (1975)

Notes on Older Films (more to come)


II. Lines of Light

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


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

- BRUCE BAILLIE 1 (Quick Billy, for Fandor)

- BRUCE BAILLIE 2 (for the Nashville Scene)

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

- STEPHANIE BARBER (shipfilm and Dogs, for Fandor)

- ROBERT BEAVERS (for the Nashville Scene)

- JAMES BENNING (RR, for the Nashville Scene)

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

- STAN BRAKHAGE (for the Nashville Scene)

- STEPHEN BROOMER (Brébeuf, for Broomer essay collection)

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

- NATHANIEL DORSKY (The Return, for Mubi)

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

- HEINZ EMIGHOLZ (Two Museums, Reverse Shot)

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

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

- HARUN FAROCKI (obituary, for

- LORI FELKER (Discontinuity, for Fandor) - NOW UP

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

- ROBERT GARDNER (Forest of Bliss, for Fandor)

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

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

- 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)

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

- DEREK JARMAN (Wittgenstein, for Fandor)

- 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)

- MARJORIE KELLER (Misconception, for Fandor)

- 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)

- GABE KLINGER (Double Play: James Benning and Rick Linklater, for Fandor)

- 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)

- MARTINA KUDLÁCEK (Fragments of Kubelka, for Fandor)

- OWEN LAND (Dialogues, for Cinema Scope)

- DANI LEVENTHAL 1 (Hallwalls exhibition)

- DANI LEVENTHAL 2 (Tin Pressed)

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

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

- JODIE MACK (for Fandor)

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

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

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

- PETER BO RAPPMUND (Topophilia, for Cinema Scope)

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

- 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)

- SCOTT STARK (The Realist, for Mubi)

- RON VAWTER (Roy Cohn / Jack Smith, for Fandor)

- PETER WATKINS 1 (The Journey, for Fandor)

- PETER WATKINS 2 (The Freethinker, for Fandor)

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


- Top Experimental Films of 2014 (for Fandor)

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

- 2014 TIFF Wavelengths Preview (for Mubi)

- 2014 Crossroads Film Festival (for Fandor)

- 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) - NOW UP

- ALEJANDRO ADAMS 2 - Amity (cs)

- WES ANDERSON - Fantastic Mr. Fox (cs)

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

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

- THOMAS ARSLAN 2 - Gold (fandor)

- 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) -NOW UP

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

- MICHAEL CURTIZ - Mildred Pierce (nash) - NOW UP

- TERENCE DAVIES - The Deep Blue Sea (cs)

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

- LAV DIAZ - Norte, the End of History (fandor)

- 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) - NOW UP

- PASCALE FERRAN - Lady Chatterly (cineaste) - NOW UP

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

- NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER - Abendland and Danube Hospital (mubi)

- ALAIN GUIRAUDIE - overview (thessaloniki film festival) (still trying to find this...)

- DEBRA GRANIK - Winter's Bone (cargo)

- HAMAGUCHI RYUSUKE - Happy Hour (cs)

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

- MARY HARRON - The Notorious Bettie Page (cineaste) -NOW UP

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

- TODD HAYNES - Mildred Pierce (nash) - NOW UP

- AMY HECKERLING - Vamps (cs)


- CHRISTOPH HOCHHÄUSLER - The City Below (reverse shot)

- HONG SANG-SOO - A Tale of Cinema (cs) [coming soon]

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

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

- ABBAS KIAROSTAMI - Certified Copy (mubi)

- PABLO LARRAÍN - No (nash)

- MIKE LEIGH - Another Year (nash) - NOW UP

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

- GABRIEL MASCARO - August Winds (reverse shot)

- NICOLÁS PEREDA - overview (reverse shot)

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

- CHRISTIAN PETZOLD - Jerichow (cs) [coming soon]

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

- LAURA POITRAS - The Oath (nash)

- MATTHEW PORTERFIELD - Putty Hill (cargo)

- CRISTI PUIU 1 - Aurora (fandor)

- CRISTI PUIU 2 - Three Interpretation Exercises (fandor)

- MOHAMMAD RASOULOF - overview (cs)

- ALAIN RESNAIS - Wild Grass (nash) - NOW UP

- JACQUES RIVETTE - The Duchess of Langeais (cineaste) - NOW UP


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

- DAN SALLITT - The Unspeakable Act (cs)

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


- ALEXANDER SOKUROV - Alexandra (cs)

- TODD SOLONDZ - Life During Wartime (nash) - NOW UP

- PAOLO SORRENTINO - overview (cs)

- JAN SVANKMAJER - Lunacy (cs) - NOW UP

- LARS VON TRIER - Nymphomaniac (cs)

- THE WACHOWSKIS - Cloud Atlas (cs)

- KÔJI WAKAMATSU - United Red Army (fandor)

- FREDERICK WISEMAN - At Berkeley (fandor)

- YASMIN AHMAD - overview (reverse shot) - NOW UP

- 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 Fandor

- All my work for the Nashville Scene



IV. A Hundred Flowers in Bloom (web links)  


V. Talk Was Never Cheaper (my Twitter feed)


VI. Viewer Mail (contact me here)



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