Zachary Wigon

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • On the surface, Mario Monicelli's 1960 comedy The Passionate Thief bears similarities to contemporary entries in the one-crazy-night genre. There is a limited-timeframe narrative (one night), a uniting event (New Year's Eve), an episodic...

  • 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...

  • It seems as if, for every 10 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...