Karlovy Vary ratings added

July 14th, 2016 more >
for Tribune: a report from the 2nd Nitrate Picture Show, Rochester NY

Cellulose nitrate contains oxygen, which means that once it starts burning it goes up like billy-o, and thus requires all manner of precautions in the projection-booth and archival store-room alike.

July 13th, 2016 more >
for Tribune: a postcard from Playa del Carmen

The conspicuous presence of armed cops (often standing up as they cruise around in the back of armoured, adapted flatbed trucks) apart, PdC does a decent enough job of creating a temporary artificial paradise for its affluent visitors—few of whom probably ponder whether the Mexican hospitality industry is as heavily (and beneficially) unionised as the equivalent American sector; just how much the hotels’ ever-beaming staff are paid; how far they have to travel each day; their domestic circumstances; and so on.

July 1st, 2016 more >
for Tribune: report on the Ambulante film festival, Oaxaca, Mexico

In some Ambulante venues such wild forces of nature even penetrated internal spaces: when the flimsy plastic roofing of radical bookstore-cum-café La Jícara—located, somewhat ironically, on the street named after Mexico’s reactionary seven-times president Porfirio Díaz—proved a less-than-watertight barrier, measures had to be hurriedly taken to shield the projector from unwelcome raindrops.

June 26th, 2016 more >
for ‘Sight & Sound’, on Mexico’s female documentary-makers and the Oaxaca leg of the Ambulante film-festival

Mexico may not be the easiest country in which to be a woman, and its cinema’s pecking order is as macho as most. But at this year’s Ambulante touring documentary festival, half a dozen strong female-directed finds show the country’s subordinate sex finding its voice.

June 10th, 2016 more >