Stalking the Undead: Delft and Herzog's "Nosferatu"

02 February 2018

In Delft itself—on a Saturday afternoon in February at least—there is considerably more human activity than there appears to be in Nosferatu, in which the place has an unearthly, somnambulant feel, as if local residents had shut up their doors and windows for the evening ahead of Herzog and Kinski’s arrival.

2018: January

01 February 2018

36 entries: 33 features, 15 cinema viewings, 8 rewatches...

Unknown If Not Forgotten: Billy Woodberry On Bob Kaufman

13 January 2018

The L.A. Rebellion filmmaker speaks about his first film in three decades, a documentary on Beat poet Bob Kaufman, ‘the Black Rimbaud’

No More Sob Stories: My 2017 in Criticism

03 January 2018

Images, nevertheless, sustain us: we take meaning from what we can. Cinema as support system; criticism as self-care. Accruing another year’s worth of viewings, life became an insatiable pursuit—hopefully selfless, possibly not—of chemistries, of intimacies. Reflexive, instinctive. There is no off-switch to any of this and one day we will die.

No More Sob Stories is a PDF compiling my written output as a film critic in 2017: every article, essay, text and interview of significance—54,000 words across 160 pages. It includes two previously print-only texts and an exclusive 4,500-word end-of-year wrap. Plus: all the feature-length premieres and commercial releases that I saw this year using the four-star ratings system I'm adopting as of 1 January 2018.

If you'd like to read it, you can send a minimum payment of £2.50 to me via PayPal, and receive the PDF through email: https://www.paypal.me/joblard/2.5.

Many thanks! Table of contents below.

2017: Viewing and Reading

27 December 2017

Latest: 'Manchester By the Sea' (Film), 'The League of Gentlemen' S4 (TV), 'The Chrysanthemum and the Sword' (Books)...

Gestures: "Christmas, Again"

20 December 2017

Amidst a year-end spell engulfed in Oscars buzz and Star Wars hysteria, 'Christmas, Again' is a refreshingly gentle corrective to the triumphantly delusional schmaltz that saturates the holiday season box office.

When a Man Loves a Woman: "Brawl in Cell Block 99"

16 December 2017

A work of abominable linearity, 'Brawl in Cell Block 99' awakens swirling, primal energies.

Gestures: Atta Girl, Atta Mob

09 December 2017

Though it’s one of the fundamental challenges (and appeals) facing film critics to discern individual agency within a collaborative context, 'They Were So Young' has a characteristically radical edge to its storyline that befits Trumbo’s general sensibilities.