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.

Recent Work

08 December 2017

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Encounters at the End of the World: "Picture of Light"

04 December 2017

I could watch 16mm footage of trains in remote landscapes like this all day: the mood, and that light…