Zachary Wigon

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  • Surprisingly -- and pleasantly -- restrained in its delivery, Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York is the sort of picture that withholds judgment of its protagonist so that viewers have space to make their own. The approach is fitting since...

  • 4 months ago | Film Reviews

    It seems as if, for every ten issue-oriented documentaries that essentially function as long-form magazine articles with images attached, we get perhaps one doc that exemplifies the methods of "direct cinema" — the observational mode of documentar...

  • It seems as if, for every ten issue-oriented documentaries that essentially function as long-form magazine articles with images attached, we get perhaps one doc that exemplifies the methods of "direct cinema" -- the observational mode of...

  • In Eugene Green's La Sapienza, a refugee identifying as a member of the long-disappeared Chaldean nation remarks that eventually his ethnic group and their language (Aramaic) will vanish. Regardless of whether the refugee is meant to be a...

  • A film about victimization that itself has trouble viewing its characters as much else than victims, Jeff Barnaby's Rhymes for Young Ghouls runs into some ironic narrative problems. That's not to say that its subject matter and fine lead...

  • 9 months ago | Film and TV

    With the first two documentaries in her post–9-11 trilogy -- My Country, My Country, a portrait of Iraq under American occupation, and The Oath, which focused on two Guantánamo Bay prisoners -- Laura Poitras seemed to be making a bid ...

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