Film Writing 2015

This is a more or less comprehensive list of all my film-related writing for 2015. Articles in Red are my personal favourites.

January

Review for PopOptiq: ‘The Duke of Burgundy’ is the S&M masterpiece we need

News for PopOptiq: TIFF Lightbox Presents: ‘Good Men, Good Women’ The Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Jan 29 – March 1)

Review for CJLO Magazine: ‘BLACKHAT’ IS THEMATICALLY RICH BUT SUFFERS FROM NARRATIVE CONFUSION

February

News for PopOptiq: Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal (Feb 28 – March 8)

Review for PopOptiq: ‘Le Scaphandrier’ will make you yearn for the Scrappy-Doo era of Scooby Doo

News for PopOptiq: TIFF Presents: I for Iran: A History of Iranian Cinema by Its Creators (March 5 to April 5)

Review for PopOptiq: RVCQ 2015: ‘Les Loups’ is the first great Quebec film of 2015

Review for PopOptiq: RVCQ 2015: ‘Miraculum’ feels like a failed pilot

Review for PopOptiq: ‘Backstreet Boys: Show em’ What You’re Made of’ is dark portrait of music industry

Article for Paste Magazine: 10 Other Shades of Gray: Sadomasochism in Film

March

Interview for PopOptiqI for Iran: Interview with Tina Hassania, writer of ‘Asghar Farhadi: Life And Cinema’

Review for Vague Visages: Chasing Chabrol: ‘Les biches’

Review for Vague Visages: Chasing Chabrol: ‘Les bonnes femmes’

Review for Vague Visages: Chasing Chabrol: ‘Violette Nozière’

Review for Vague Visages: Review: Rafaël Ouellet’s ‘Gurov and Anna’

Review for Vague Visages: The Moreau Files: ‘The Bride Wore Black’

Review for Vague Visages: The Moreau Files: ‘Les Amants’

Review for Vague Visages: The Moreau Files: ‘Ascenseur pour l’échafaud’

Review for Vague Visages:The Moreau Files: ‘Diary of a Chambermaid’

Review for Vague Visages: The Moreau Files: ‘La Notte’

Review for Vague Visages:The Moreau Files: ‘Jules et Jim’

Review for Vague Visages: Review: François Delisle’s ‘Chorus’

Article for Paste Magazine: Let’s Talk About Sex: Sadomasochism and deviancy in American Cinema

April

Review for PopOptiq: ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ avoids a literary reading of Cobain’s life

Review for Vague Visages: Chasing Chabrol: ‘La cérémonie’

May

Review for PopOptiq: ‘Highway of Tears’ is essential viewing for all Canadians

Article for Fandor: What Can Cannes 30 Years Ago Tell Us Now?

June

News for PopOptiq: Fantasia Film Festival announces second wave of titles

July

Review for PopOptiq: Fantasia 2015: ‘Sunrise’ tackles the issue of India’s missing children

Review for PopOptiq: Fantasia 2015: Sion Sono’s ‘Tag’ is a lean chase film about the nature of reality

Review for PopOptiq: Fantasia 2015: ‘The Blue Hour’ is sexy, intimate and full of dread

Review for PopOptiq: Fantasia 2015: ‘Ludo’ is beyond saving

Review for PopOptiq: Fantasia 2015: ‘Catch me Daddy’ features star-making performance from Sameena Jabeen Ahmed

Review for PopOptiq: Fantasia 2015: ‘The Hallow’ is hollow horror

Review for PopOptiq: Fantasia 2015: ‘Nina Forever’ is a gruesome, sexy, dark comedy

Article for for PopOptiq: Justine’s Five Must See Films at Fantasia Film Festival 2015

Video interview with CUTV: Doug Taylor and Pascal Trottier for A Christmas Horror Story (VIDEO)

Video Interview with CUTV: Steve Hoban & Mark Smith for A Christmas Horror Story (VIDEO)

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Black Orpheus’ (Marcel Camus, 1959)

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Mamma Roma’ (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1962)

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Tabu’ (Miguel Gomes, 2012)

August

Article for Indiewire: In ‘Entertainment’ and ‘James White,’ Losers Undo the American Dream

Article for Indiewire: With ‘No Home Movie,’ Chantal Akerman Chronicles the End of a Life, and a Search for Where She Belongs

Interview for Indiewire: Here’s What It’s Like to Be a Female Filmmaker in Morocco

Review for Vague Visages: ‘I Remember Nothing’ (Zia Anger, 2015)

Review for Vague Visages: Peckinpah and Sex Part 1 – ‘The Ballad of Cable Hogue’

Review for Vague Visages: Peckinpah and Sex Part 2 – ‘The Getaway’

Review for Vague Visages: Peckinpah and Sex Part 3 – ‘Straw Dogs’

Review for Vague Visages: ‘La vallée’ (Barbet Schroeder, 1972)

Review for Vague Visages: ‘88:88’ (Isiah Medina, 2015)

Review for Vague Visages: ‘Right Now, Wrong Then’ (Hong Sang-Soo, 2015)

Review for Vague Visages: ‘Chevalier’ (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2015)

Review for Vague Visages: ‘Cosmos’ (Andrzej Zulawski, 2015)

September

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Smooth Talk’ (Joyce Chopra, 1985)

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Bullhead’ (Michaël R. Roskam, 2011)

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Cat People’ (Jacques Tourneur, 1942)

Article for Movie Mezzanine: Wes Craven in Memoriam at Movie Mezzanine

October

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: ‘The Devils’ (Ken Russell, 1971)

Interview for Vague VisagesNSFW Video: Justine A. Smith Interviews Gaspar Noé About ‘Love’

Review for Vague Visages: FNC 2015: ‘Transfixed’ (Alon Kol, 2015)

Review for Vague Visages: FNC 2015: ‘Blonde aux yeux bleus’ (Pascal Plante, 2015)

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: A Lesbian Vampire in ‘Daughters of Darkness’ (Harry Kümel, 1971)

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ (Jim Sharman, 1975)

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Blood for Dracula’ (Paul Morrissey, 1974)

Article for Beyond The Red Room: 10 Must See Films at FNC 2015

Article for Fandor: Horror in Venice

Article for The Globe and Mail: The Rebels and the Vanguards of Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema

Interview for Indiewire: How this director turned an award-winning short into a feature and wowed at Cannes

Article for Movie Mezzanine: The 20 Best French Horror Films Ever

Article for Vice Canada: How Softcore Porn Kicked Off a Revolution in Quebec

Interview: Interview with Guy Maddin, interview by Justine Smith, Video produced by Chico Peres and Write-up by Greg Cwik

Video Essay: The Marriage and Style of Sex: Fashion in Bye Bye Birdie (Writing and Narration)

Video Essay: Ingmar Bergman: A Video Essay (Writing and Narration)

November

Review for Vague Visages: #Noirvember: Joseph H. Lewis’ ‘Gun Crazy’ and the Erotic Allure of Firearms

Review for Vague Visages: #Noirvember: Howard Hawks’ ‘The Big Sleep’ (1946) Neuters Marlowe’s Hatred

Review for Vague Visages: RIDM 2015: ‘Red Hollywood’ (1996) – Another Masterwork From Thom Andersen

Review for Vague Visages: RIDM 2015: ‘My Love, Don’t Cross That River’ (Jin Mo-young, 2015)

Review for Vague Visages: RIDM 2015: Frederick Wiseman’s ‘In Jackson Heights’ and the Virtues of Eisenstein

Review for Vague Visages: #Noirvember: ‘The Dark Mirror’ and the Paranoid Double (Robert Siodmak, 1946)

Review for Vague Visages: #Noirvember: Of Love and Other Demons, ‘Gilda’ (Charles Vidor, 1946)

Review for Beyond the Red Room: #Noirvember ‘The Big Combo’ (Joseph H. Lewis, 1955)

10 Must See Films at RIDM 2015

Article for Cleo A Feminist Film Journal: The Impossible Love of David Lean’s Brief Encounter

Article for The Globe and Mail: Montreal’s Cinemania Film Festival continues the dialogue about women in film

December

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Dead Ringers’ (David Cronenberg, 1988)

Interview for Vague VisagesInterview with Philippe Falardeau, Director of ‘Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre’

Review for Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: The Toxic Masculinity of Michael Cimino’s ‘Year of the Dragon’

Review for Beyond The Red Room: ‘A Very Murray Christmas’ is bittersweet and incomplete

For Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: The Rose Tattoo (Daniel Mann, 1955)

For Vague Visages: ’21 Grams Mistakes Suffering for Meaning’

For Vague Visages: Of Love and Other Demons: Early Winter (Michael Rowe, 2015)

For Fandor: Video, Women in Film Trading Places

 

 

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