Author Archives: Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

THE PENGUIN COUNTERS

Antarctica is known as the continent most hostile to human life, second only to Australia and so uninhabitable that most people forget that it is a continent at all. It is to this frozen tundra that has claimed so many … Continue reading

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MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

On the occasion of his Guggenheim retrospective, first-time director Maura Axelrod walks us through Maurizio Catellan’s tumultuous career in a documentary that is pitch-perfect in its embracing of his art’s irreverent tone. The result is a delightfully fun and educational … Continue reading

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THE TICKET (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

The Ticket is a modern-day fable about a blind man who regains his sight, only to become obsessed with appearances. His newfound superficiality leads him to dismantle his happy but unglamorous life for flashy luxuries, like expensive clothes and a … Continue reading

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DAVID LYNCH – THE ART LIFE (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

David Lynch is the Twin Peaks of people. You may already know this intellectually, but I guarantee it hasn’t hit you with the full force that it will when you watch David Lynch - The Art Life. Co-director Olivia Neergaard-Holm and … Continue reading

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BLUEBEARD (2017): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

It’s exhilarating to see a woman director like Lee Soo-Youn joining South Korea’s distinctive and stylistically rich neo-noir school of filmmaking. Bluebeard draws from predecessors like Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy, as well as Western mind-game players like David Fincher and Christopher … Continue reading

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RAW (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

French director Julia Ducournau’s latest is a slickly shot, deftly performed horror flick set at what this critic can only imagine is a very non-traditional veterinary school. Upon arrival at school, Justine (a lifelong vegetarian) must endure a week of hazing … Continue reading

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LOVESONG (2016): Review by Giorgi

Lovesong’s many excellent performances are both sensitive and satirical at once, and the cinematography, while less flashy than most, is unassuming and soft in its storytelling. Filmmaker So Yong Kim’s latest is a bittersweet, character-driven film about a young mother … Continue reading

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THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS

Renowned documentarian Barbara Kopple teams up with Youtube star Gigi Gorgeous to bring Gigi’s gender transition to the screen. From her Youtube channel’s beginnings in makeup tutorial videos, we follow her through surgery and down runways as she seeks to … Continue reading

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