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Cameron Fairchild

Film art is so wonderful, and I’ve been thinking too much about it since my dad first made me watch The Godfather with him. Movies have long ago taken the place of my heart and mind, and I am always so gratified to share my thoughts about them with others. I dig a lot of early-to-mid-century cinema: Orson Welles, Maya Deren, Clouzot, Nicholas Ray, Ozu. I have a particularly selfish fondness for film noir, the Taiwanese New Wave, and David Lynch.

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Vera Dreams of the Sea (AFI Review): Grief and Property

Vera Dreams of the Sea is Kaltrina Krasniqi’s timely, subdued first feature; an engrossing look at patriarchal malignance and the untold costs of burying the dead.

The Simple Charm of “Paris, 13th District” (AFI Fest Review)

Jacques Audiard’s plainspoken triptych Paris, 13th District is an easily digestible portrait of the convolutions of modern-day sex, love, and new relationships.

Dear Tenant: An Earnest but Dour Social Drama (Review)

Dear Tenant conceals a straightforward social drama in the trappings of a nonlinear crime film, tackling homophobia and class relations with grace.

Wife of a Spy: The Harsh Light of Day (Review)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s love-letter to classic genre films radically integrates a stark stylistic departure from his inspirations.

Under the Open Sky: Kōji Yakusho Excels in Patient Drama (SIFF Review)

The legendary Japanese actor Kōji Yakusho invigorates Miwa Nishikawa’s Under the Open Sky, a sturdy but meandering adaptation of crime writer Ryūzō Saki’s novel “Mibuncho”.

Captains of Zaatari: Skimming the Surface of Refugee Camps (SIFF Review)

Captains of Zaatari is a sympathetic portrait of Syrian refugees, but it leaves the thorniest details of its subject on the sidelines.

Athanor – The Alchemical Furnace: Understanding Jan Švankmajer (SIFF Review)

In Athanor – The Alchemical Furnace, czech animator Jan Švankmajer makes for a fascinating subject in an otherwise routine about-the-artist documentary.

Caterpillars: Central African Republic Documentary Enlightens (SIFF Review)

In Caterpillars, documentarian Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino tells a slight but powerful story in the seldom-filmed Central African Republic.

Drive All Night: Dreamy Noir Takes a Few Wrong Turns (Cinequest Review)

Bay area director Peter Hsieh’s debut Drive All Night nails its neon noir aesthetic but suffers from an underdeveloped script.

The Funeral Home: Stylish Horror Marks a Solid Debut (Review)

The Funeral Home, the debut feature from Argentinian director Mauro Iván Ojeda, is well-tuned in fits, but remains somewhat indistinct.