Category Archives: Writing

“In Defense of Errol Morris’s STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE”

I’ve got a new article, my first for PopMatters, at their website. The title is “In Defense of Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure“. In it, I use the occasion of the film’s tenth anniversary to write about the great director’s oft-misunderstood … Continue reading

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“The ‘Inescapable Need and Possibility’ of Third Cinema”

I’ve got a new article, my first for the venerable New Politics magazine, at their website. The title is “The ‘Inescapable Need and Possibility’ of Third Cinema”. In it, I talk about the radical, global filmmaking movement known as “Third … Continue reading

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“FACES PLACES Voted the Best Documentary of 2017 in 5th Annual Nonfics Year-End Poll”

As a contributor to Nonfics, I participated in their year-end poll. The results are in, and you can check them out right here. Individual ballots aren’t included, and I won’t share mine. However, I will say that documentary fans should … Continue reading

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“The Best Video Essays of 2017”

I’m honored and delighted to have been a contributor to Sight & Sound’s “Best Video Essays of 2017” poll. Big thanks to Kevin B. Lee, David Verdeure, and Sight & Sound! You can see my ballot and everyone else’s right … Continue reading

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“Laura Dunn on LOOK & SEE and the Challenge of Documenting Wendell Berry”

I’ve got an interview with Laura Dunn, director of the new documentary Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, over at Nonfics. Laura’s first theatrically released feature, 2007’s The Unforeseen, not only boasted Robert Redford and Terrence Malick as executive producers but also garnered rhapsodic … Continue reading

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“DUNKIRK: Keep Calm and Carry On?”

I’ve got a new article, my first for Culture Matters, up now at their website. It’s my political reading of Christopher Nolan’s critically-acclaimed new film Dunkirk. In the piece, entitled “Dunkirk: Keep Calm and Carry On?”, I discuss the moral obligations … Continue reading

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“‘Just Wait’: On the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s THE THING (1982)”

I’ve got a new article, my first for the genre magazine Diabolique, up now at their website. Entitled “‘Just Wait’: On the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)”, it argues that the classic 1980s horror film is “the best exemplar … Continue reading

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“The Problem of Access: WEINER (2016) and the Limitations of the Fly-on-the-Wall Documentary”

I’ve got a new article, my first for Bright Lights Film Journal, at their website. It is entitled “The Problem of Access: Weiner (2016) and the Limitations of the Fly-on-the-Wall Documentary”. In it, I observe that “the response to Weiner shows … Continue reading

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“Interview: Festival Programmer and Pure Nonfiction Host Thom Powers”

I’ve got an interview with Thom Powers over at Nonfics. Thom, who has been called a “kingmaker for documentaries” by the New York Times, is host of the podcast Pure Nonfiction, documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Artistic Director … Continue reading

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“The Best Video Essays of 2016”

I’m delighted to have been a contributor to Fandor Keyframe’s “Best Video Essays of 2016” poll. In addition, it’s an honour to have my picks in such fine and esteemed company. Thank you to Fandor and its founding editor and … Continue reading

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