Simon Abrams

Simon Abrams is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly.

Latest Stories

  • Cameraman-turned-filmmaker Erik Shirai doesn't answer a major question that viewers of his impressionistic slice of work-life doc The Birth of Saké are bound to wonder: Why does the Tedorigawa Brewery's arduous, old-fashioned...

  • Grieving father Ryan Green may be aware that he's performing for the cameras in the moving documentary/character study Thank You for Playing, but his self-conscious behavior never cancels out his apparent sincerity. That's a major credit...

  • 7 months ago | Film and TV

    The Pee-wee Productions logo that kicks off the new Netflix film Pee-wee's Big Holiday trumpets comedian-turned-actor Paul Reubens' comeback as the formerly ubiquitous man-child. Forget about The Pee-wee Herman Show, Reubens' fan-service-intensive...

  • The title of A Brighter Summer Day (1991), Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang's engrossing, four-hour-long coming-of-age/crime drama, may be a quotation from the Elvis Presley standard "Are You Lonesome Tonight." But Yang's anti-nostalgic...

  • The creators of the lame psychological thriller Backgammon try and fail to nail twenty-something bourgeois-bohemians by treating them like human dartboards. Director Francisco Orvañanos and co-writers Todd Niemi and R.B. Russell's...

  • Fans of airport-grade detective fiction will adore Peruvian thriller The Vanished Elephant, a disposable but evocative meta-mystery about an author who chases after his own fictional creation. Ex-cop-turned-emotionally constipated novelist...

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