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Killers, brothers, and the just plain weird: SFIFF recap!

The 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival wrapped up last week, but we're still basking in the glow of cinema overload. Festival correspondent Jesse...

Talking with “We Need to Talk About Kevin” director Lynne Ramsay

As I sat in a hallway at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, waiting for director Lynne Ramsay to finish a photo shoot with...

Calling all Kevin Smith fans (you know you’re out there)!

At the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Kevin Smith created one of festival's biggest sensations for audiences and film buyers alike by announcing he was...

Sundance Diary, volume eight: the final countdown

In a series of posts, Midnites for Maniacs curator-host and Academy of Art film-history teacher Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports on the 2012 Sundance...

Sundance Diary, volume seven: up all night!

In a series of posts, Midnites for Maniacs curator-host and Academy of Art film-history teacher Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports on the 2012 Sundance Film...

Sundance Diary, volume six: dramarama

In a series of posts, Midnites for Maniacs curator-host and Academy of Art film-history teacher Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports on the 2012 Sundance Film...

Sundance Diary, volume five: it’s Mark Duplass’ world, we just live in it

In a series of posts, Midnites for Maniacs curator-host and Academy of Art film-history teacher Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports on the 2012 Sundance Film...

Sundance Diary, volume four: more docs!

In a series of posts, Midnites for Maniacs curator-host and Academy of Art film-history teacher Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports on the 2012 Sundance Film...

Sundance Diary, volume three: docs!

In a series of posts, Midnites for Maniacs curator-host and Academy of Art film-history teacher Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports on the 2012 Sundance Film...

Sundance Diary, volume two: ‘Beasts’ and ‘Daughters’

In a series of posts, Midnites for Maniacs curator-host and Academy of Art film-history teacher Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports on the 2012 Sundance Film...

Sundance Diary, volume one: the hipster chronicles

In a series of posts, Midnites for Maniacs curator-host and Academy of Art film-history teacher Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports on the 2012 Sundance Film...

28 films in six days: Jesse Hawthorne Ficks at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (part three)

September 28, 2011
Check out parts one (here) and two (here). 21) Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, UK) Adapting Emily Brontë's novel from 1847 is a perfect project...

28 films in six days: Jesse Hawthorne Ficks at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (part two)

September 27, 2011
Check out part one here and part three here. More from the man who slept nary a wink at TIFF 2011 (or so it...

28 films in six days: Jesse Hawthorne Ficks at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (part one!)

September 26, 2011
Check out parts two (here) and three (here).1) Oslo, August 31st (Joachim Trier, Norway) This bleaker-than-bleak exploration of drug addiction hypnotically deconstructs the genre,...

Northwest passage: Kelly Reichardt on “Meek’s Cutoff”

Over the past decade, Kelly Reichardt has consistently created an alternative cinema that is in opposition to modern Hollywood blockbusters. Her films, which emphasize...

Ficks’ picks: Sundance and Slamdance ’11

1. Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols, US) The creepiest film at this year's Sundance follows Curtis, a hard working father and husband who is either...

The Western is back! Final thoughts on TIFF ’10

When I interviewed director Kelly Reichardt at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival about her gut-wrenching masterpiece Wendy & Lucy (2008), she spoke of watching...

Allen town: Toronto International Film Festival 2010

September 27, 2010
Every time a new Woody Allen film arrives (a near-annual event since 1969) the same old, lazy complaints (“It’s not one of his best”)...

A look back at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival (part three: docs!)

Check out Jesse's two-part take on Sundance's narrative side here and here.Sporting the revamped tagline "This is the renewed rebellion. This Sundance, reminded," the...

A look back at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival (part two)

For part one of Jesse's Sundance report, click here.Rounding out the mumblecore minions was Cyrus from the genre-defining Duplass Brothers. Even while having name...

A look back at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival (part one)

Over the years, the Sundance Film Festival has become known for its superior documentary selections, exciting experimental programs, mumblecore masterpieces, a few foreign delights,...

Canadian shakin’

Bros, butts, more at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

Ficks’s Sundance (and Slamdance) picks

The Midnites for Maniacs maven totes 'em up

Ficks’s top six

Picks from the Toronto International Film Festival