Sam Weisberg has been writing film reviews/features articles for the Village Voice since 2013, and has submitted entertainment stories to Spin, L Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Comment, Raw Story, and other publications. He runs a blog, Hidden Films, dedicated to tracking down and interviewing the directors of obscure movies. He plays guitar and sings a little, and has played Husker Du, Young Marble Giants and surf rock tribute shows, as well as performed with the bands Worst Case Ontario, Calotype and Giggle the Ozone.
1 month ago | Film and TV
The two standout films in the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour — an eight-film series opening at IFC Center on June 17 — both begin with a tight close-up on a woman lying down in confessional mode. In Bridey Elliott's Affections, the woman (...
The nineteenth Brooklyn Film Festival, which runs till June 12, boasts 107 features and short films, spanning Canada, Iran, the Philippines, Belgium, China, and many other countries. Two of its features — Love Is All You Need? and Forbidden Cuba —...
Had Thom Andersen, the wry master of the latter-day essay film, chosen a fawning, talking-heads-style documentary format for his ode to Gilles Deleuze — the late, relatively obscure French philosopher and movie buff — the result could have been a ...
The saddest image in Unlocking the Cage, the new film from married documentary veterans Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, is that of Tommy, one of the chimps featured prominently in the sappy 1980s Matthew Broderick vehicle Project X. Tommy now l...
5 months ago | Film and TV
In Taliban-occupied Kandahar, "even the dirt is hostile," an omniscient narrator declares — sounding about as foreboding as a sleep-deprived game-show host. "Birds fight birds," he continues. "Dogs fight dogs. And men...kill men." This, we learn i...
7 months ago | Film and TV
Rare is the documentary that begins with subjects screaming at their director. "Make her turn the camera off!" a bitter peasant woman, living in a drought-ridden stretch of southern Egypt, says to her husband, Farraj, at the start of Anna Roussill...