The new documentary Sisters with Transistors (directed by Lisa Rovner) is a portrait of resilience, invention, and creativity. The film is about women that found their own way through the world of electronic music, despite rejection at almost every turn. They were told that women couldn’t be composers, that their music wasn’t music, that they weren’t part of the counterculture because they used computers, and so on. The film presents a series of profiles of several women that were foundational…
As one of the most critically acclaimed films of both the 2010s and writer/director Paul Schrader’s career, First Reformed (2017) is a treasure trove of analysis-worthy material. Along with being a fantastic and thought-provoking film, First Reformed represents what might be the ultimate synthesis of themes and influences that Schrader has fixated on throughout his career.
To be honest, I’m torn about whether or not I think An American Hippie in Israel is a bad film. Before saying this about a movie that is cited as one of the worst of all time gets my film critic credentials revoked (not that there are any to revoke), I want to fully acknowledge that the acting is bad, the plot is virtually non-existent (and nonsensical where it does exist), the sound design is amateurish, and the pacing is…
Going in, I was interested to see what it was like to see Borat in 2020. I thought that it might be a Bush-era relic which, while still a very serious, divided, and complicated time in its own right, seems almost quaint to me today—yes, it was the height of the Iraq War, but at least there wasn’t a global pandemic, economic collapse, worsening climate change, and a President potentially committing a coup if he isn’t reelected.
I didn’t anticipate…