5 Reviews @filmfesttoday & @hammertonail: “The Final Year,” “Jane,” “Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story,” “Phantom Thread” + Criterion’s Blu-ray of “The Lodger”

In the past week, Film Festival Today ran one review of mine – Phantom Thread – and Hammer to Nail ran four: The Final YearJane, Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story and Criterion’s new Blu-ray of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 The Lodger. Here are links to all 5 pieces:


6 Reviews @hammertonail: “Baltimore Rising,” “David Bowie: The Last Five Years,” “Lady Bird,” “Naila and the Uprising,” “This Is Congo” and Criterion’s “Woman of the Year” Blu-ray

In the past 2 weeks, Hammer to Nail has published the following reviews of mine: Baltimore Rising (seen at DOC NYC), David Bowie: The Last Five Years (also seen at DOC NYC), Lady Bird,  Naila and the Uprising (also seen at DOC NYC), This Is Congo (also seen at DOC NYC) and Criterion’s new Blu-ray of Woman of the Year. Here are links to all 6 pieces:


6 Reviews + 1 Interview: “Cocaine Prison,” “Dina,” Criterion’s “Exterminating Angel” & Interview with Mathew Klickstein @hammertonail + “1922,” “Goodbye Christopher Robin” & “Thank You for Your Service” @filmfesttoday

In the past two weeks, the following pieces of mine have posted: at Hammer to Nail, reviews of Cocaine Prison, Dina and Criterion’s Blu-ray of Exterminating Angel, plus an interview with filmmaker Mathew Klickstein about his new documentary On Your Marc; at Film Festival Today, reviews of Netflix’s 1922, as well as of Goodbye Christopher Robin and Thank You for Your Service. Here are links to all 7 pieces:


5 Reviews + 1 Interview (in 2 Parts) Last Week: Criterion’s “Multiple Maniacs” & “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” + “Lucky” & “We’re Still Together” + Interview w/ Peter Bratt & Dolores Huerta @hammertonail + “Battle of the Sexes” @filmfesttoday

Over the past week or so, I had the following film pieces posted at Hammer to Nail: reviews of Criterion Blu-rays of Multiple Maniacs and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; reviews of new theatrical releases Lucky and We’re Still Together; and a two-part interview with director Peter Bratt and subject Dolores Huerta, of the new documentary Dolores (reviewed earlier). At Film Festival Today last Friday, I ran a review of the new film Battle of the Sexes. Here are links to all 7 articles:


More AFI DOCS Pieces – Interview (“Strad Style”) + Review (“ACORN and the Firestorm) – and Criterion Blu-ray (“Cameraperson”) @hammertonail & Review of “Dunkirk” @filmfesttoday

Last week, Hammer to Nail published three more articles of mine: another review from the recent AFI DOCS festival, this time of ACORN and the Firestorm; an interview (also from AFI DOCS) with Stefan Avalos, director of Strad Style; and a review of Criterion’s new Blu-ray release of Cameraperson.  In addition, Film Festival Today published my review of Dunkirk (I seem to be one of the rare film critics who did not adore the movie, though I liked parts of it). Here are links to all four pieces:


Another AFI DOCS Review (“STEP”) + Criterion Blu-ray (“45 Years”) @hammertonail & Review of “A Ghost Story” @filmfesttoday

Over the past week, Hammer to Nail has published two more articles of mine: another review from the recent AFI DOCS festival, of STEP; and a review of Criterion’s new Blu-ray release of 45 Years.  In addition, Film Festival Today published my review of A Ghost Story last Friday. Here are links to all three pieces:


9 @hammertonail reviews: 2 Criterion Blu-rays + Oscar Shorts + 6 Must-See Recent Features


Here are 9 recent reviews of mine for Hammer to Nail: 2 Criterion Blu-rays (Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Dekalog and Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog); a piece on the 2017 Oscar-nominated short films; and reviews of As You Are, Dark NightMidsummer in NewtownA Patch of Fog13th and This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous. Here are the links:


3 @hammertonail reviews: “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Landfill Harmonic” and Criterion’s “The Squid and the Whale” Blu-ray


Here are 3 recent reviews of mine for Hammer to NailI Am Not Your Negro, a new documentary (just nominated for an Academy Award) about James Baldwin; Landfill Harmonic, a documentary about children making music on instruments fashioned out of recycled trash; and the Criterion Collection’s new Blu-ray release of Noah Baumbach’s breakout third feature, The Squid and the Whale, about a family’s dissolution in the wake of the parents’ divorce. Below are the links to the reviews:


5 Pieces @hammertonail: Reviews of “Baden Baden,” “Risky Drinking,” “8-Bit Generation,” “I, Daniel Blake” + Criterion Blu-Ray of “The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum”


Since my last post about Hammer to Nail, the site has posted 5 more reviews of mine: Baden Baden, a French coming-of-age film about a lost twentysomething woman; Risky Drinking, a documentary about the perils of alcoholism; 8-Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars, a documentary about the history of Commodore computers, which dominated the early 1980s; 2016 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winner  I, Daniel Blake, the latest from Ken Loach, about an injured blue-collar worker caught up in the horrors of British bureaucracy; and the Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray release of director Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1953 drama The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, about the perils and passions of Kabuki actors in late 19th-century Japan. Here are links to all 5 pieces: