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Richard Linklater & Ginger Sledge

August 21st, 2019


Dazed and Confused, Boyhood, Before Sunset and beyond—it’s hard to match Richard Linklater when it comes to movies basically about how we find our way through life. And probably a lot of us found our way with the help …

Locarno 2019

August 14th, 2019


This week, the Film Comment podcast reports on location from the 2019 Locarno International Film Festival. FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold was …

The Rep Report #9

August 7th, 2019


Welcome to another edition of the Rep Report, our regular roundup of retrospectives, repertory cinema, and other film series in New York. This week, …

Quentin Tarantino and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

July 31st, 2019


Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood is the subject of the cover story for our July-August issue. Tarantino’s latest made a splash at …

21st Century Debuts

July 24th, 2019


We tend to agree on the classic films of the past, from Breathless, to McCabe & Mrs. Miller, to Tokyo Story. A new series at Film at Lincoln …

New Releases #2

July 17th, 2019


Welcome back to the second installment in our monthly series covering new releases. This week, Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined …

Ari Aster and Midsommar

July 10th, 2019


One of summer’s most anticipated films is Midsommar, from filmmaker Ari Aster. The director joined us last summer for a talk at Film at Lincoln …

Queer & Now & Then

July 3rd, 2019


A big part of Film Comment’s mission is to bring well-informed insights and original voices to the rich heritage of movies. One beautiful example of …

New Releases

June 26th, 2019


As summer officially begins and vacations mount, more and more find themselves stranded on remote, unspoiled beaches, far from the nearest cinema. We …

What Was the TV Movie?

June 19th, 2019


For a while now, we’ve been wanting to do an episode on the curious art form known as the TV movie. For a lot of people, the TV movie couldn’t be …

The Rep Report #8

June 12th, 2019


Welcome to another edition of the Rep Report, our regular roundup of retrospectives, repertory cinema, and other film series in New York. This week, …

Joanna Hogg and The Souvenir

June 5th, 2019


In her feature on Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir in the May-June issue of Film Comment, Sheila O’Malley writes,“The autobiographical origins of The Souvenir are obvious (Hogg doesn’t try to hide them), yet she allows for …

Mary Harron on Charlie Says, American Psycho, and Punk

May 29th, 2019


For our latest Film Comment Free Talk, the director of I Shot Andy Warhol and American Psycho sat down for a conversation about at her latest, …

Cannes 2019 Day 11

May 28th, 2019


The end is nigh! For our final salvo from the Riviera, we welcome guest Manohla Dargis, critic for the New York Times, for a wrap-up of all the …

Cannes 2019 Day 10

May 24th, 2019


The Film Comment Podcast takes you into the closing weekend of Cannes with guest Rasha Salti, programmer for the Marrakesh International Film …

Cannes 2019 Day 9

May 23rd, 2019


We're back from Cannes, this time with a recording of a live Film Comment event at the American Pavilion. Joining Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold on …

Cannes 2019 Day 7, part II

May 21st, 2019


It’s two-fer Tuesday! We’re back with a fresh-out-of-the-oven special episode on two of the most anticipated films at the festival: Quentin …

Cannes 2019 Day 7

May 21st, 2019


The Film Comment Podcast returns for another day of fun, sun, and Cannes-versation from the French Rivieria. For day 7, Italian critic Carlo Chatrian, recently named Artistic Director of the Berlin Film Festival, sat …

Cannes 2019 Day 6

May 20th, 2019


Welcome back for day 6 of our podcast from Cannes. We’re kicking the week off with guests Dennis Lim, director of programming at Film at Lincoln …

Cannes 2019 Day 5

May 19th, 2019


We’re back from Cannes with day 5 of our podcasts covering all the cinematic goings-on in the south of France. For today’s episode, Film Comment …

Cannes 2019 Day 4

May 18th, 2019


We’re back from Cannes for day four of our series of podcasts on the cinematic goings-on on the Riviera. For today’s episode, Film Comment …

Cannes 2019 Day 3

May 17th, 2019


Welcome back for day 3 of our podcasts from Cannes 2019. Joining us on the Riviera for today’s episode are Bruno Dequen, critic and Director of Programming at Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal and …

Cannes 2019 Day 2

May 16th, 2019


For day 2 at Cannes, Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold sits down with Eugene Hernandez, Deputy Director of Film at Lincoln Center, to chat …

Cannes 2019 Preview, Day 1

May 15th, 2019


Let the games begin! We’ve touched down in Cannes and, for our first of many podcasts from the festival, Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold …

Interview: Olivier Assayas

May 8th, 2019


In our May-June issue (out now!), Aliza Ma writes about the new film Olivier Assayas’s Non-Fiction, a comedic portrait of a Paris literary set struggling to adapt to the digital age. Her essay begins, “In the cinema of …

The Rep Report #7: Black ’90s at BAM

May 1st, 2019


The Rep Report is our regular roundup of current retrospectives and film series. This week, we're focusing on an important and fun series at the …

Desire at the Movies

April 24th, 2019


In our March-April issue, Michael Koresky writes about history of a movie magazine with a humble name: Films and Filming. Koresky writes about the importance of this long-defunct publication as both a classic movie …

Claire Denis and Robert Pattinson

April 17th, 2019


For our latest Film Comment Free Talk, Claire Denis and Robert Pattinson joined FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold to discuss their singular new film …

New Directors/New Films 2019

April 10th, 2019


New Directors/New Films has always been a vital for, well, new directors and new films. Over the course of its nearly 50 years, the festival has introduced audiences to filmmakers like Spike Lee, Chantal Akerman, Bi …

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

April 3rd, 2019


They say that "democracy dies in darkness," but a handful of new films, including Mike Leigh's Peterloo and Jordan Peele's Us, argue otherwise, …

The Rep Report #6

March 28th, 2019


The Rep Report returns with an in-depth conversation about the upcoming Nelly Kaplan retrospective at the Quad Cinema, along with other rep …

High Life and Beyond

March 20th, 2019


High Life, the new movie from Claire Denis, comes to theaters on April 5. With a cast featuring Film Comment cover subject Robert Pattinson, Juliette …

László Nemes

March 14th, 2019


For our latest Film Comment talk, Academy Award-winning director László Nemes sat down to discuss his latest film, which opened Film Comment Selects last month. The film, Sunset, tells the story of an orphaned young …

True/False 2019

March 8th, 2019


Over the years, the True/False festival (based in the college town of Columbia, Missouri) has grown into one of the most outstanding annual showcases …

Art and Fascism

February 27th, 2019


This week, the Film Comment Podcast digs into Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will and the ways in which the reputations of the notorious film and its maker have shifted over the years. In a feature article on the …

Spike Lee on BlacKkKlansman

February 22nd, 2019


On February 13, Film Comment presented a special evening with the Spike Lee, Best Director nominee for BlacKkKlansman. The night included an extended conversation between Lee and Emmy Award–winning writer and television …

The Rep Report #5

February 13th, 2019


Love is, of course, in the air, and with most new release schedules in hibernation, February can be a great time for repertory cinema for both lovers …

The Film Comment Podcast: Sundance 2019–The Final Chapter

February 6th, 2019


The Film Comment Podcast returns with our final episode on the wild, windswept ride that was Sundance 2019. Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas …

The Film Comment Podcast: Sundance 2019 Six

January 31st, 2019


Maintaining a marathon pace, the Film Comment Podcast returns with more insightful commentary and conversation from the Sundance Film Festival. FC …

The Film Comment Podcast: Sundance 2019 Five

January 30th, 2019


The Film Comment Podcast returns with another update from Park City. FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined this time by New York Times film …

The Film Comment Podcast: Sundance 2019 Four

January 29th, 2019


The Film Comment Podcast returns with our fourth update from the snow-and-glamour-packed streets of Park City, Utah. For today's episode, FC Editor-in-Chief is joined by guests and FC contributors Devika Girish, Eric …

The Film Comment Podcast: Sundance 2019 Three

January 28th, 2019


On the third Film Comment Podcast from the Sundance Film Festival, FC Editor in Chief Nicolas Rapold is once again joined by FC contributors Devika …

The Film Comment Podcast: Sundance 2019 Two

January 26th, 2019


We're back with our second update from Park City. Today's podcast features Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold in conversation with FC …

The Film Comment Podcast: Sundance 2019 One

January 25th, 2019


In the first of a series of updates from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold hits the slopes with Eric …

The Film Comment Podcast: Sundance 2019 Preview

January 23rd, 2019


In the calm before the storm, Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold sits down with critic and FC contributor Amy Taubin to chat about some of …

Amazing Grace and Other Concert Films

January 18th, 2019


From Woodstock to Stop Making Sense to Madonna: Truth or Dare, the concert film provides an up-close-and-personal—and otherwise unattainable—perspective on performance and performer. In the new issue of Film Comment, …

The Rep Report #4

January 11th, 2019


New year, new rep report! Our latest edition looks at the annual mainstay of the restoration calendar, To Save and Project at the Museum of Modern Art—featuring everything from Chantal Akerman to Nude on the Moon—as …

The Rest of 2018

January 2nd, 2019


All too often, the ritual of ranking films at the end of the year leaves a lot of worthy movies on the cutting floor. Some don’t receive enough votes to make our Best of 2018 list; others maybe don’t leap to mind when …

Matt Dillon (The House That Jack Built)

December 22nd, 2018


For the final Film Comment Talk of the year, Matt Dillon came to the Film Society of Lincoln Center to talk about his new film, The House That Jack …

The Rep Report #3

December 19th, 2018


The Rep Report continues with another joyous discussion of the latest in repertory and new release. This time we venture into the shadows of the …

The Best Movies of 2018

December 12th, 2018


Every year we send out a poll to our critics and staff and put together a list of the best movies of the year. For 2018, we did something a little …

NYFF Live Filmmakers Chat 2018

December 7th, 2018


At the New York Film Festival, Film Comment presents a series of talks that includes our reliably energizing and insightful conversation with a group …

The Rep Report #2

November 30th, 2018


The Rep Report, our new Film Comment podcast series devoted to repertory programs and new releases, continues this week with its latest installment. …

Families on Film

November 21st, 2018


In marketing parlance, a “family film” has tended to mean an anodyne product, something that all could enjoy and that couldn't possibly offend …

Ida Lupino

November 14th, 2018

Ida Lupino was an original. A Warner Brothers star who went on to become an independent director, writer, and producer, Lupino holds a singular place …

The Rep Report #1

November 9th, 2018


There’s an abundance of riches in movie houses across our fair city of New York—and, of course, beyond. We’ve long wanted to feature discussions among our contributors about the many options out there, and we‘re pleased …

Sandi Tan (Shirkers)

November 7th, 2018


“With Shirkers, Sandi Tan . . . revisits the long-lost footage from her unfinished narrative feature shot in Tan’s native Singapore in 1992, also called Shirkers, and in the process reckons with both why the film was …


October 31st, 2018


Cinema and ghosts both offer the promise of life after death. On the latest Film Comment Podcast, just in time for Halloween, we talked about the …

Paul Dano and Richard Ford

October 29th, 2018


Our latest Film Comment Talk brought together Paul Dano, director and co-writer of Wildlife, and Richard Ford, author of the book from which the film …

Peter Bogdanovich

October 23rd, 2018


As a chronicler of film history, director Peter Bogdanovich has assembled what amounts to an insider’s oral history of classic Hollywood, across …

NYFF56 Festival Wrap

October 17th, 2018


Toward the end of the New York Film Festival, our all-star team of Film Comment contributors came together to talk about the highlights. It was the …

NYFF56 Projections

October 11th, 2018


For this week's podcast, we take a close look at Projections, the New York Film Festival’s program of experimental work from around the globe. Film …

NYFF56 Live: Cinema of Experience

October 3rd, 2018


The 56th New York Film Festival features three special Film Comment Talks, the first of which was our latest “Cinema of Experience” roundtable. On the occasion of our September/October cover featuring Burning star …

Ballad of the Coen Brothers

September 26th, 2018


“In their films—especially Barton Fink, The Man Who Wasn’t There, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, and Inside Llewyn Davis—there’s always the sense that the deck is stacked against us and that we’re the authors of …

Ethan Hawke

September 21st, 2018


Our latest guest for our Film Comment Talks was Ethan Hawke. His new film Blaze, which he directed, stars in, and co-wrote, was released in August by IFC Films. In a busy year that also saw the release of First …

Work / Bujalski

September 19th, 2018


“Very rare are the movie depictions of restaurant work that evoke the mental and emotional dissonance required to get through an eight-hour shift,” …

Toronto Three

September 14th, 2018


Our Toronto 2018 podcast series comes to a close as our group gabs about Olivier Assayas's garrulous Non-Fiction, Alex Ross Perry's Her Smell, Ho Wi …

Toronto Two

September 12th, 2018


The Toronto hit parade continues with another podcast from the festival formerly known as the Festival of Festivals. I brought together even more hearts and minds this time for another spirited chat: Aliza Ma, head …

Toronto One

September 11th, 2018


Drawn like hopeless spaceships into a black hole, Film Comment and friends are currently attending the sprawling Toronto film festival. I brought …


September 5th, 2018


Taking a breath to look back, Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined by Jonathan Romney, FC contributing editor, in an undisclosed …

Great Debuts, Still Masters

August 30th, 2018


This week on the podcast, the re-release of Terence Davies’s first full-length film, Distant Voices, Still Lives, in a new restoration, has our …

The Summer of 2001

August 22nd, 2018


This week on the podcast we head back to the summer of 2001. These days, the feeling of waiting for the other shoe to drop has become a way of life, though at the time that summer, we were blithely seeing movies without …

Locarno 2018

August 9th, 2018


With a playful 13.5-hour multigenre film-of-films from Mariano Llinas, an ultra-sharp new Hong Sangsoo, and an array of other experiments, the …

Spike Lee

August 1st, 2018


Our cover story for the July/August issue is about Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman—a story about incredible events in America’s past that feel well-suited …

The Russians

July 26th, 2018


As long as we are being inundated with worrisome news about Russian cyberwarfare and other attacks, the time seems ripe for taking a look at the motherland’s cinema. The summer series “Putin’s Russia: A 21st-Century …

Boots Riley and Questlove

July 18th, 2018


On July 17, our latest Film Comment Free Talk brought together Boots Riley, director of the mind-altering new film Sorry to Bother You, and special …

Drone Cinema

July 11th, 2018


“In just a few years’ time, they’ve become both requisite filmmaking tools and regrettable freighters of cliché. Drone shots are easily recognizable …

Sorry to Bother You

July 4th, 2018


“Audiences will enjoy Sorry to Bother You in one go, but the film invites and can stand up to multiple viewings, in much the same way that complex …


June 28th, 2018


For many New York moviegoers, the past few weeks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center have virtually belonged to Luchino Visconti. The retrospective …

Paul Schrader

June 21st, 2018


“Although religious symbols and themes have often found their way into Schrader’s film work, First Reformedmarks the first time he has applied …

Ari Aster

June 14th, 2018


This summer we kicked off our Film Comment Free Talks, a new series of conversations with filmmakers held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For …

Le Cinéma du Glut

June 7th, 2018


In the May/June issue of Film Comment, Nick Pinkerton wrote: “Like few feature films before it, Spielberg’s [Ready Player One] exemplifies an …

Queer Criticism

May 29th, 2018


In his essay “Responsibilities of a Gay Film Critic”—first published in the January/February 1978 issue of Film Comment—Robin Wood wrote: “Critics are not, of course, supposed to talk personally. It is regarded as an …

Cannes Day 11

May 21st, 2018


In this unbelievable season finale, promises are broken, insults fly, and lives are forever changed…well, not really. New York Times co-chief film …

Cannes Day 10

May 18th, 2018


It’s been a full 10 days of Cannes! FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined by Eugene Hernandez, Deputy Director of the Film Society of Lincoln …

Cannes Day Nine

May 17th, 2018


It’s Cannes, day nine! FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined by Justin Chang, film critic for the Los Angeles Times; Mara Gourd-Mercado, …

Cannes Day Eight

May 16th, 2018


In this episode, FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined by Amy Taubin, Jonathan Romney, and Eric Hynes to discuss Lars von Trier’s “provocative” …

Cannes Day Seven

May 15th, 2018


In today’s dispatch, FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined by Eric Hynes, curator of film at Museum of Moving Image, and Orwa Nyrabia, artistic …

Cannes Day Six

May 14th, 2018


Following the high-profile “82 women” red carpet protest, FC and Artforum contributing editor Amy Taubin joins FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold to …

Cannes Day Five

May 13th, 2018


Amidst the jubilance of a French wedding, FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined by Eric Hynes, curator of film at the Museum of the Moving …

Cannes Day Four

May 12th, 2018


It’s Cannes day four! FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined by Film Society of Lincoln Center Director of Programming Dennis Lim and FC …

Cannes Day Three

May 11th, 2018


FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold and Otros Cines critic Manu Yáñez Murillo sit down in the Palais to discuss the day’s films: Jaime Rosales’s Petra; …

Cannes Day Two

May 10th, 2018


FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined by Eric Hynes, Curator of Film at the Museum of Moving Image and FC Columnist, as they reflect on day two …

Cannes Day One

May 9th, 2018


It’s Cannes, day one! FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined by Amy Taubin, FC contributing editor and Cannes veteran, to discuss the films …

Geraldine Chaplin

May 8th, 2018


Acting dynasties—like any kind of dynasty—rarely produce talents as great as Geraldine Chaplin, Charlie’s daughter, who ended up a sui generis figure in cinema history herself. Writer Andréa R. Vaucher and David Bloom …

Claire Denis and Let the Sunshine In

May 1st, 2018


The incomparable French director Claire Denis returns with Let the Sunshine In, a romantic comedy of sorts that stars Juliette Binoche. Denis’s fluid …

Musical Performers on Film

April 24th, 2018


While great pipes and a cute face don’t always allow pop stars to instantly become leading men or ladies (witness 2003’s From Justin to Kelly), many musical artists do succeed in bringing a heady mix of charisma and raw …

True/False 2018

April 17th, 2018


In the college town of Columbia, Missouri, the True/False Film Fest has grown to become one of the world’s premiere showcases of cutting-edge …

Lucrecia Martel’s Zama

April 10th, 2018


In honor of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s retrospective of Lucrecia Martel’s work and theatrical run of Zama, we re-present this episode …

New Directors / New Films 2018

April 3rd, 2018


With the ostensible arrival of spring comes the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA’s New Directors/New Films. In this year’s crop …

Easter Hams

March 27th, 2018


Just in time for Easter (and a new series celebrating Al Pacino at The Quad), this episode honors an often-misunderstood subcategory of star: hams. Ranging from the amusing to glorious to cringeworthy, these actors call …

Satire’s Funny Like That

March 20th, 2018


In the March/April issue of Film Comment, Lauren Kaminsky wrote about Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin: "a delirious historical mash-up that compiles sometimes independently factual details in utterly …

Tell Me

March 13th, 2018


All too often, women’s opinions are considered valuable only in certain situations: when there’s a problem affecting women, when there’s an opportunity to market to women, when there’s a president that is a deeply …

Personal Problems (The Movie)

March 6th, 2018


Featuring the talents of Bill Gunn (Ganja & Hess), Vertamae Grosvenor (Daughters of the Dust), Ishmael Reed, and many others, Personal Problems was originally intended as “an experimental soap opera” for WNET, the …

The Cinema of Experience II

February 27th, 2018


From the way in which the experiences of African Americans are portrayed on screen, to the way skin color is captured on film, the history of movies …

The Rise of Valeska Grisebach

February 20th, 2018


Valeska Grisebach’s extremely precise yet highly naturalistic films take years to make: so far, we have been graced with only three features. In the January/February issue of Film Comment, Haden Guest discusses …

China Goes To The Movies

February 13th, 2018


After being notorious as a “hotbed” of piracy for many years, the Chinese market is now more rightly regarded as the second-largest in the world. In the January/February issue of Film Comment, Nick Pinkerton and Andrew …

I Loved It When I Was a Kid

February 6th, 2018


Recent episodes of The Film Comment Podcast have contemplated formative filmmaker obsessions, but what about the movies that struck us much earlier in life? Maybe your parents took you to see it, maybe you flipped by it …

Apichatpong Weerasethakul on SLEEPCINEMAHOTEL

February 1st, 2018


One of the most curious entries at this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam (which runs January 24 to February 4) isn’t a film at all, but a …

Let’s Eat

January 30th, 2018


Food is versatile on film. Consider the ways it’s used in Tampopo, Daisies, Babette’s Feast, and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. This week’s episode of The Film Comment Podcast contends with how its …

Sundance 2018: Day Seven

January 24th, 2018


It’s Sundance, day seven! FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold is joined by Amy Taubin, FC contributing editor and Sundance veteran, to discuss the …

Steve James

January 23rd, 2018


Steve James returns to Sundance this week to present the first half of his ten-part miniseries America to Me, set to premiere in full this fall. …

Sundance 2018: Day Six

January 23rd, 2018


We’re still going strong as we continue into our second week! FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold and Eric Hynes, FC contributor and Curator of Film at …

Sebastián Silva

January 22nd, 2018


In this Film Comment Podcast transmission from Park City, Sundance regular Sebastián Silva discusses his latest film, Tyrel, which had its world …

Sundance 2018: Day Five

January 22nd, 2018


As the first weekend of Sundance comes to an end, FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold and Eric Hynes, FC contributor and Curator of Film at Museum of …

Sundance 2018: Day Four

January 21st, 2018


It’s day four and we’re still going strong! In this episode, Nicolas Rapold, FC Editor-in-Chief and Eric Hynes, FC contributor and Curator of Film at …

Sundance 2018: Day Three

January 20th, 2018


It’s Sundance, day three!

On this (snowier) edition of our daily Sundance 2017 podcast, FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold and Eric Hynes, FC …

Sundance 2018: Day Two

January 19th, 2018


It’s Sundance, day two! On this edition of our daily Sundance 2017 podcast, FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold and Eric Hynes, FC contributor and …

Sundance 2018: Day One

January 18th, 2018


Before the madness begins, Film Comment kicks things off with a glimpse of what to expect from the hectic experience that is the Sundance Film Festival—how it sets the tone for the coming year and what it means to …

Good Soundtrack, Bad Movie

January 16th, 2018


“Can a meretricious, inane movie with nothing else to recommend it produce a radiant, rousing film score?” asks Gary Giddins in “Rolling Thunder,” …

Phantom Thread

January 9th, 2018


“In Paul Thomas Anderson’s work, love can be—quite literally—a miracle,” writes Sheila O’Malley in her January/February 2018 Film Comment cover …

Reckoning With Misogyny

January 2nd, 2018


Stories about Harvey Weinstein’s misconduct and cover-ups have opened the floodgates of revelations about other figures in the entertainment industry and beyond. Victims have finally been able to come forward and be …

Steve Bannon (Most Popular of 2017)

December 26th, 2017


As filmmaker and critic Jeff Reichert put it in his January/February 2017 Film Comment feature on Steve Bannon’s documentary work, “We could dismiss …

Sleepover, or, The Comfort of Movies

December 20th, 2017


Sleepovers offer kids a special opportunity to hang out with their friends largely unsupervised, free to chat and dream way after bedtime. The types of films that can be discovered—and obsessively re-watched—during the …

Best Films of 2017

December 12th, 2017


As another year of moviegoing comes to a close, relax by your fire or space heater with the results of the annual Film Comment critics’ poll! The top …

Formative Filmmakers (Part Two)

December 5th, 2017


Picking up where we left off last week, this week’s episode travels further down cinephilic memory lane…or should we say, further forward. We check …

Formative Directors (Part One)

November 28th, 2017


There’s nothing like first love, especially when it’s projected on the silver screen. This week’s episode of the podcast revisits formative cinematic fascinations—one director who kickstarted cinephilia at a young age, …

Film Comment Podcast Tales From The Campus Film Society

November 21st, 2017


Nick Pinkerton’s feature in the new issue, “The Golden Age of Campus Film Societies,” serves as a point of departure for a discussion on the role of …

David Bordwell’s Reinventing Hollywood

November 14th, 2017


This week, The Film Comment Podcast welcomes back seminal critic David Bordwell to discuss his new book Reinventing Hollywood: How 1940s Filmmakers …

101 Episodes + Ruben Östlund

November 7th, 2017


Have we passed 100 episodes already? Apparently so! This week, we invite listeners to look back at some of the most memorable moments of The Film Comment Podcast, including choice blurts from Kent Jones, Amy Taubin, …

Tobe Hooper

October 31st, 2017


This Halloween, The Film Comment Podcast salutes a filmmaker whose work, according to the British Board of Film Classification, exemplified the “pornography of terror.” The panel—Ina Archer, media conservation and …

Lucrecia Martel’s Zama

October 24th, 2017


Premiered in Venice and recently screened in the New York Film Festival, Zama marks not only the long-awaited return of Lucrecia Martel, but also her first literary adaptation. Martel expanded on the first-person fever …

Armando Iannucci

October 20th, 2017


Armando Iannucci has long had a genius for the absurdity of global politics, from his work on the satirical news program On the Hour in the 1990s, to …

NYFF 2017 Live Roundtable

October 17th, 2017


At the conclusion of the 55th New York Film Festival, Film Comment gathered together a panel of contributors and critics for one final live roundtable. For this “Festival Wrap” talk, the critics discussed festival …

The Cinema of Experience

October 10th, 2017


In this special live episode of the podcast, moderated by Film Comment Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold, panelists Teo Bugbee (The New York Times …

Steven Spielberg

October 3rd, 2017


Looking ahead to the New York Film Festival premiere of Susan Lacy’s documentary Spielberg, this week’s Film Comment podcast considers the …

Bonus: Darren Aronofsky

October 2nd, 2017


This week, The Film Comment Podcast hosts a very special guest, himself a choreographer of uninvited guests on their worst behavior. A longtime practitioners of his own strain of emotional extremity, Darren Aronofsky …

Robert Mitchum

September 26th, 2017


The centerpiece retrospective of this year’s New York Film Festival celebrates the centenary of Robert Mitchum, paragon of fatalist cool. In her …

Twin Peaks: The Return

September 20th, 2017


This week’s Film Comment podcast requires very little introduction beyond the topic—Twin Peaks: The Return, a work that is both a heartfelt refraction of David Lynch’s 50 years of creative output and a medium-reshaping …

Live From TIFF ’17

September 13th, 2017


With every festival comes a new round of roundtables, so if you couldn’t make it to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, you can still …


September 5th, 2017


Screening in the New York Film Festival a little over a month after the white supremacist horror in Charlottesville, Dee Rees’s Mudbound has a shocking urgency. Charting the relationship between a black sharecropping …

Revenge Of Movie Gifts

August 29th, 2017


In May, we premiered our very first gift-giving episode. In it, each critic chose two films for another participant to experience for the first time. The first was a film that they’d be interested in hearing that person …

Nocturama + Terrorism

August 22nd, 2017


Reducing Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama to a straightforward psychological reading barely scratches the surface—which is exactly what makes the film a …

Jeanne Moreau

August 15th, 2017


In memory of Jeanne Moreau (1928-2017), this week’s podcast offers up a selection of previously unreleased interviews with the legendary actress and director. Writer Andréa R. Vaucher takes us through her series of …

Summer of ’77

August 8th, 2017


“What holds the movies of 1977 together beyond a coincidence of the calendar?” asks J.D. Connor, writing on the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s ’77 …

Yvonne Rainer

August 1st, 2017


“Championed by Annette Michelson, B. Ruby Rich, and many others, [Yvonne] Rainer’s films are densely verbose, elusive, dryly comic, furious, fractured, and intimately concerned with addressing a variety of injustices …

Good Time

July 27th, 2017


As Eric Hynes wrote in the cover story of our July/August issue, “At their best, the Safdies’ films don’t just mooch off the city’s story …

Location, Location, Location

July 18th, 2017


Plenty of films open with an establishing shot of a city's iconic skyline, or of a few iconic barns, only to go on and use the location as an anonymous backdrop. But few and far between are films that actually use the …

Wanda. Woman.

July 11th, 2017


As David Thomson succinctly puts it in the July/August issue, "Wanda is the kind of person who didn’t and still doesn’t get into American movies …

Independents Day

July 4th, 2017


What do we talk about when we talk about independent film? At various points it’s referred to a freedom of style, or it’s been shorthand for a low-budget film outside of the studio system. In his Cannes coverage, Kent …

Bad Scenes in Good Movies, Good Scenes in Bad Movies

June 27th, 2017


We expect that discrete scenes will play off of one another to create any given feature film, but what happens when one of these moments tugs the narrative in an unexpected direction? Sometimes the moment works, and …

Streaming vs. Theatrical

June 20th, 2017


Having programmed two high-profile Netflix premieres, Bong Joon Ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), in the main competition, Cannes was shadowed by a debate over …

Movie Addictions

June 13th, 2017


Maybe it’s the magnetic pull of a performance, a sequence, or a mood, but there are some movies that demand multiple rewatches. This episode of the …

Fassbinder’s Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day

June 5th, 2017


Did the golden age of television already happen? This episode of the podcast makes the case that it has—in 1970s Germany, courtesy of the one and …

Cannes 2017 Roundtable #2

May 30th, 2017


The agony and the ecstasy of festivalgoing continues on this week’s episode. In the second week of Cannes, two television shows by established auteurs—Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake and David Lynch’s Twin …

Cannes 2017 Roundtable #1

May 23rd, 2017


The dark of the theater and the sunny seafront come together but once a year at the Cannes Film Festival, and in this week's episode of the Film Comment Podcast, the critics weigh in live from the south of France on the …

Musicals! The Podcast

May 16th, 2017


There's one alliterative movie musical that's dominated the recent conversational limelight, but less frequently discussed is how it operates within the genre. In this spirit, Michael Koresky, Director of Editorial and …


May 9th, 2017


Following a free screening of Michael Radford's adaptation of 1984 in early April as part of a nationwide event, Film Comment Editor Nicolas Rapold …

Movie Gifts

May 2nd, 2017


To celebrate the 55th birthday of our magazine, we present a special gift-giving episode of the podcast. The gifts in this case are movies: as in a Secret Snowflake office gift exchange, each critic gave two films to …

Art Of The Real 2017

April 26th, 2017


This week's episode of the Film Comment podcast takes a sonic journey through this year's edition of Art of the Real, which runs through May 2 at the …

John Waters Is on the Phone

April 25th, 2017


On the occasion of Criterion Collection's home video release of Multiple Maniacs and the publication of his new book Make Trouble, Violet Lucca chats …

The Classical

April 18th, 2017


James Gray's The Lost City of Z, which opened last Friday, charts a course into the jungle alongside a character in search of transcendence. Shot on …

Terrence Malick

April 11th, 2017


"You don't want something to look too staged in movies or they look overly presented. You don't know what comes out . . . You don't know what you have at the end of the day." That was Terrence Malick during a rare …

Comedy Today

April 5th, 2017


In a March/April 2017 feature titled "No Joke," Film Comment Digital Producer Violet Lucca traces current trends in modern American comedies to the …

New Directors / New Films 2017 + Albert Serra

March 28th, 2017


This week's episode of the Film Comment podcast begins with an interview with the irrepressible Albert Serra, director of our March/April cover film The Death of Louis XIV, which opens this Friday. Then we move on to …

Coming Of Age Horror

March 21st, 2017


Horror films are unusually adept at giving mutable flesh to the terrors of adolescence, and Julia Ducournau's new film Raw is no exception. After a …

Live From True False 2017

March 15th, 2017


The True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri, reliably assembles a selection of the world’s finest nonfiction film, tracking down surprises from …

Acting For All Ages

March 7th, 2017


Jean-Pierre Léaud's familiar face graces the cover of the new March/April issue of Film Comment, waiting out his final days in Albert Serra's new film The Death of Louis XIV. As Yonca Talu observes in her feature on the …

Steve Bannon

February 28th, 2017


As filmmaker and critic Jeff Reichert put it in his January/February 2017 Film Comment feature on Steve Bannon's documentary work, "We could dismiss …

Before And After, Live

February 21st, 2017


In his 1985 film God's Country, Louis Malle visits a small town in Minnesota both before and after Reagan's election, documenting the stark economic …

The King of Cinema

February 14th, 2017


“I always go back to Ozu and Bresson, both of whom I admire a great deal. I like the way Bresson frames midriff: a person going across the room but you’re just seeing the half, the midriff of the body. The scene in …

Women In New Hollywood

February 7th, 2017


Road-tripping crises of masculinity soundtracked by classic rock, Harvey Keitel making up for his sins in the streets—a laundry list of 1970s New …

Raoul Peck + Dustin Guy Defa and Laura Dunn

January 31st, 2017


This week's two-pronged episode of the Film Comment podcast digs into a varied slate of contemporary filmmaking. First, from the New York Film …

Sundance History

January 25th, 2017


The first Sundance Film Festival, then known as the US/Utah Film Festival, took place in 1978 in an effort to bring independent filmmaking talent to the state. Over the years, word spread, crowds grew, and first-time …

Sundance Critics' Roundtable

January 23rd, 2017


Alpine air, ski-friendly powder, and independent film converge every January at the Sundance Film Festival. And now, as a slight respite from the hype tweets, the Film Comment podcast is proud to transmit a little bit …


January 17th, 2017


Ideology and aesthetics have somehow come to be positioned opposite one another—in film criticism, should one be privileged over the other? This …

Carte Blanche

January 10th, 2017


Questions of legacy can rile up the creative juices in unexpected ways, especially when filmmakers who win a bit of success are allowed to dive headlong into their obsessions. In cases like these, equipped with higher …

Spooky Christmas

December 27th, 2016


There’s no single way to celebrate the holiday season, but nearly every custom is centered on family and friends gathering together. In the first …

LGBTQ Representation

December 20th, 2016


On the other side of the visibility hurdle, questions about queer representation in film persist. Is visibility enough? How much is an appropriate amount? Do all queer films need to support the cause? Where is the gay …

The Best Of 2016

December 13th, 2016


2016 may be ill-suited to fond recollections, but the annual Film Comment Top 20 list does have plenty of good cheer to go around. This year's poll …

The Marginalization Of Cinema

December 6th, 2016


The clickbait consensus may be that cinema is dead, but the fact of the matter is a bit more nuanced. In the November/December issue of Film Comment, New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones suggests that perhaps we …

Tearjerkers and Manchester by the Sea

November 29th, 2016


There’s more to tearjerkers than the deceptively simple term might suggest, and in this episode of the Film Comment podcast, we consider the nuanced …


November 23rd, 2016


According to the experts, this wasn’t supposed to turn out this way… but it did. While the election of Donald Trump has prompted a great deal of …

Paul Verhoeven

November 15th, 2016


What are the uncanny forces at work behind Paul Verhoeven’s visceral and transgressive cinema? In anticipation of the Film Society’s complete …

Election Day

November 8th, 2016


It's finally here: Election Day. After you've cast your vote, hopefully this new episode of the Film Comment podcast will help you relax as the …

NYFF Live Filmmaker Chat

November 1st, 2016


Although one-on-one interviews with filmmakers are often accessible (depending, of course, on the personality at hand), group roundtables with a …

Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny

October 26th, 2016


Kristen Stewart took a quick breather from promoting her triptych of new films at NYFF to reflect on collaborating with Olivier Assayas and Kelly …

Face Your Fears

October 25th, 2016


Is it possible to pinpoint what is so scary about an unsettling moment of a well-made horror film? It could be the image itself, but it could also be …

Errol Morris Election Special

October 19th, 2016


Photography is by nature bittersweet: a warm moment with a loved one is captured forever, a reminder of an instant in time that can never be …

NYFF 2016 Live Roundtable

October 18th, 2016


The fanfare of the 54th New York Film Festival may have officially wrapped on Saturday, but the films themselves live on—so let's talk about them. As part of an aptly named "Festival Wrap" free talk, several of Film …

The Living Cinema

October 11th, 2016


The September/October issue of Film Comment re-envisioned the magazine’s style and sharpened its focus, celebrating the vibrancy of cinema as well as delving into tough critical issues. As part of the 54th New York Film …

Social Media and Criticism

October 4th, 2016


Aside from search engines, the most visited sites in the world are social media: the old mainstays Facebook and Twitter. Their impact on film culture …

Classical Cinema, Now

September 27th, 2016


Great works of art transcend the passage of time, but the cinema of years past has its own special qualities of transcendence and immersion. This …

Charles Burnett and Oliver Stone

September 21st, 2016


How do you approach political filmmaking in a meaningful way? And, in this politically charged era, where are the dissenting voices in film? In this …

Live from TIFF '16

September 16th, 2016


Hosting over 300 films, many of which are world or North American premieres, the Toronto International Film Festival is a frequently overwhelming experience even for veteran attendees. To help cut through—or at least …

American Movie Acting Today

September 7th, 2016


This episode is the first of three to dive into features from our newly redesigned September-October issue, which asks "What Is Cinema Now?" Shonni Enelow, author of Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American …


August 30th, 2016


Last month, the final VCR rolled off the line at the Funai plant in Japan, officially signaling the end of an era. Although there have been numerous …

Class at the Movies

August 23rd, 2016


Visions of class surround us each day, both overtly and subliminally, in advertisements, literature, and film. Which visual and narrative tools are …

Ironic Soundtracks

August 16th, 2016


While so many soundtracks seem to exist solely to underline the tone of a scene, unexpected musical cues can completely recontextualize and undermine …

Best of the Worst, Worst of the Best

August 2nd, 2016


Great directors can make crap. Whether because of a bad script, failing health, studio meddling, force majeure, or simply loss of artistic mojo, even the most enviable filmography can contain an irredeemable movie. But …

Mondo Mondo

July 26th, 2016


This month, at Anthology Film Archives, FILM COMMENT contributor Nick Pinkerton has programmed a variety of shockumentary-style works ranging from …

Merchant-Ivory + Howards End

July 19th, 2016


Though associated with heritage films—lush period films typically set in Britain’s imperial past—producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory, and …

The July/August Issue

July 5th, 2016


Kristen Stewart takes the spotlight in the brand-new July/August issue of FILM COMMENT, in a nuanced and balanced appreciation of the star's …

David Bordwell and The Rhapsodes

June 28th, 2016


In his recently published book The Rhapsodes, seminal critic and film historian David Bordwell pays tribute to four groundbreaking film critics who were writing in the 1940s: Otis Ferguson, James Agee, Manny Farber, and …

The Summer of '66

June 22nd, 2016


Today, the term “summer movie” is synonymous with big budgets, explosions, superhero franchises, family-friendly animated films, and sequels. Yet this wasn't always the case. In the summers of the 1960s, years before …

Hong Sangsoo

June 14th, 2016


Hong Sangsoo is a filmmaker who isn’t afraid to repeat himself. Fashioning narratives around lonesome or just pathetic male artists’ attempts at finding romantic connection, Hong’s films are characterized by their long …

Brian De Palma

June 3rd, 2016


In their intimate and insightful documentary De Palma, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow sit down with the legendary filmmaker to discuss his …

Cannes Redux and Whit Stillman

May 27th, 2016


Believe it or not, but occasionally the critics attending Cannes take umbrage with the jury’s choices for awards—so much so this year that the Grand …

Live from Cannes 2016

May 20th, 2016


Comedies and genre films may not be the usual Croisette fare, but that wasn’t the case with the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Touching on Maren Ade’s unanimously praised Toni Erdmann, as well as more …

History in the Making

May 10th, 2016


Plenty of films are set in the past, either adapted from texts from the period or written by authors looking back on history (and likely bringing their own biases to it). Yet only a select few of such works manage to so …

The May/June Issue + Straub/Huillet

May 3rd, 2016


It’s that most special time of year: the May/June issue has arrived! What’s inside? We’re glad you asked: FILM COMMENT Digital Editor Violet Lucca …

Queer Cinema Before Stonewall

April 26th, 2016


On June 28, 1969, following a police raid of the Greenwich Village LGBT bar Stonewall Inn, a riot broke out around the neighborhood that continued …

Vincent Lindon + Masculinity

April 19th, 2016


Described by Joan Dupont in the March/April issue of FILM COMMENT as “too haunted to be the suave lady-killer and too classy to be the loser,” Vincent Lindon has slowly gained prominence outside of France in his quietly …

Everybody Wants Some!! + Sports

April 12th, 2016


Following the bold experiment of Boyhood, Richard Linklater returns with Everybody Wants Some!!, a semi-autobiographical movie about the infinite …

Art of the Real 2016

April 5th, 2016


Since film’s inception—from the Lumière’s early actualités to Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North—the boundary between documentary and fiction film has been fairly fluid (or not even a term of discussion.) And as …


March 29th, 2016


In the spirit of fantasy football—or, you know, film criticism—FILM COMMENT contributors Michael Koresky (editor of Reverse Shot and director of publications of the Metrograph theater) and Ashley Clark (author of Facing …

Arnaud Desplechin and Kent Jones

March 22nd, 2016


Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days takes the characters of his third feature, My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument, and puts them into new (but …

New Directors / New Films 2016

March 15th, 2016


Now in its 45th year, New Directors / New Films showcases fiction and documentary work from around the world. These filmmakers offer bold visions and …

Representing History + Isabelle Huppert Interview

March 8th, 2016


Though we’re taught to compartmentalize historical movements into discrete events and dates, the truth (or what we know of it) is anything but. Four …

Better Living Through Criticism

March 1st, 2016


Criticism gets a bad rap a lot of the time, even from its practitioners. But rather than a defense of criticism, A.O. Scott. a chief film critic for The New York Times, has written a kind of long-form thought experiment …

Live from Film Comment Selects

February 24th, 2016


It's that most wonderful time of year: Film Comment Selects! This edition of our annual series of eclectic, international, and avant-garde films …


February 16th, 2016


Now that “takes,” gossip, and conversations about film can be instantly broadcast to the world, it’s sometimes easy to forget that above all else, film criticism is an act of writing. In a frank and accessible dialogue, …

The Coen Brothers and Peter Greenaway

February 9th, 2016


At first blush, the Coen Brothers and Peter Greenaway don’t appear to have much in common except that their new films, Hail, Caesar!and Eisenstein in Guanajuato, both came out the same day. Yet their films used to share …

Douglas Sirk and Representation

January 26th, 2016


The Film Society of Lincoln Center recently mounted a major retrospective of Douglas Sirk’s films, which included his first German productions from …

The Best Performances of 2015

January 19th, 2016


What were the noteworthy performances of 2015? And what different kinds of performance are there? Mindful of actors that weren’t nominated during …

The Best Films of 2015

December 18th, 2015


Rejoice, o ye year-end list obsessives! Digital editor Violet Lucca sat down with senior editor Nicolas Rapold, contributing editor and New York Film …

New York Film Festival Roundtable 2015

October 20th, 2015


A New York Film Festival Live talk, recorded October 9th, where Film Comment editors and contributors discussed this year's NYFF.

Participants: Wesley Morris of The New York Times; Eric Hynes, critic, reporter, and Film …

50 Shades of Grey

February 20th, 2015


Melissa Anderson (contributor to Artforum, The Village Voice, and other publications) and Film Comment Digital Editor Violet Lucca speak about the …

The Film Comment Podcast: Shoah

July 3rd, 2013


The first episode of our podcast: a discussion of Shoah by critic J. Hoberman and Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing. Please leave your thoughts about your experience watching Shoah here:

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