ZACHARY WIGON

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  • Deeply ambitious, Bent Hamer's 1001 Grams deserves recognition for pure nerve. Earning its place in the Gutsy Premises Hall of Fame, it's a straight-faced drama about a seminar on the kilogram held in Paris by the Bureau of International...

  • 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...

  • The Mid-Atlantic Accent, that most self-conscious of acting choices, can still provide a good self-aware laugh. A particularly snooty variant appears early in François Girard's Boychoir, by way of Eddie Izzard playing a teacher at a...

  • Hal Hartley is nothing if not the progenitor of his own carefully cultivated cinematic world: the Hartleyverse, always filled with comically affected characters, allusions to other works of art, and dry social commentary. It's all there in Ned...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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