2015 at the movies

For the last three years, I have started every one of these year-end posts with, “[Year] was an excellent year at the movies.” Or something to that effect. This idea remains true in 2015, but the casualness makes me pause. Were all these years truly excellent years at the movies? Am I being too easy on them? Am I too taken with their wonder? Yes. Maybe. Always. For the past 52 weeks I have sat and watched in theaters and at home scores of moving images, all of which managed to illuminate something for me. Be it the transcendent beauty of this world, the delicate but … Continue reading 2015 at the movies


In March of 2010, famed Iranian director, Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, The Mirror, Offside), was arrested along with his wife, daughter and 15 friends. Later that year, they were officially charged for “colluding with the intention to commit crimes against the country’s national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic” and Panahi was placed under a six-year house arrest and a 20-year ban from making movies. It was initially crippling to Panahi, but one year later, Panahi made the spectacular This is Not a Film, a cinematic diary of Panahi is his Tehran apartment discussing his movies, his ideas … Continue reading TAXI