All posts by Jordan M. Smith

Based out of the film deprived rust belt of Buffalo, NY, Jordan M. Smith is a staff writer and film critic for IONCINEMA.com, is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and has been making the rounds at Sundance, TIFF, and Hot Docs. When he's not gazing at the glow of a big screen, he's teaching as a tech librarian. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: P.T. Anderson (There Will Be Blood), W. Anderson (The Life Aquatic), Assayas (Carlos), Almodóvar (Broken Embraces), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Gibney (We Steal Secrets), Herzog (Grizzly Man), Kar-wai (Chungking Express), Kiarostami (Certified Copy), Malick (The Tree of Life), Morris (The Wog of War), Ross Bros. (Tchoupitoulas)
  • Criterion Collection: La Dolce Vita | Blu-ray Review

    “The most miserable life is better, believe me, than an existence protected by a society where everything’s organized and planned for and perfect,” says Steiner...

  • Salvador | Blu-ray Review

    It’s been a long time since Oliver Stone made anything with as much punchy political grit as Salvador. As the first of two films (the...

  • Interview: Jesse Moss’ The Overnighters

    Throughout the filming of  his heart-wrenching new film, The Overnighters, director Jesse Moss acted as a sort of cinephilic one man band, shooting the story...

  • The Overnighters | Review

    Love Thy Neighbor: Moss Finds Faith In Oil Boomtown In the small town of Williston, North Dakota, a modern day boomtown is growing exponentially as...

  • Rosewater | 2014 TIFF Review

    Solitary Confinement Is Boring: Stewart’s Adaptation Of Bahari’s Lengthy Detainment is a Slick, Tame Affair Jon Stewart’s first foray into the fictional film arena is...

  • Criterion Collection: The Innocents | Blu-ray Review

    Being that director Jack Clayton grew up with the misfortune of having no father figure, he grew up with a deep affinity for the Henry...

  • Heaven Knows What | 2014 TIFF Review

    Living Through Oblivion: Safdie Bros. Lens Devastating Tale of Desperation and Depravity on the Streets of NYC The story of how the directorial brothers Benny...

  • Interview: Mia Hansen-Løve – Eden

    The morning after the world premiere of Eden at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, I arrived at a bar not yet open, located just above...

  • Eden | TIFF 2014 Review

    In The Garden Of Garage: Hansen-Løve Recounts Brother’s Coming of Age During the Rise of House Music Thanks to her brother Sven’s involvement in the popularization...

  • Song of the Sea | 2014 TIFF Review

    Of Myth and Men: Moore Dons Skin of the Irish Selkies To Craft Stunning Children’s Tale of Family Heritage You can probably count the number...

  • While We’re Young | 2014 TIFF Review

    Confessions of an Aging Artist: Baumbach Humorously Reflects on Filmmaking Ethics and Middle Age In some ways the complimentary antithesis to his last work of...

  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper | 2014 TIFF Review

    In Broomfield We Trust: Docu-helmer Hits the Pavement on Decades Sprawling South Central Serial Murder Case Harkening back to his fascination with the backwoods serial...

  • Fed Up | Blu-ray Review

    It’s no secret that in the last couple decades the number of overweight children in the United States has grown at an alarming rate. The...

  • The Look of Silence | 2014 TIFF Review

    Examining Eyes, Hearts & Minds: Oppenheimer Sees This Time From The Viewpoint of the Victims Joshua Oppenheimer rocked the world of cinema with his groundbreaking...

  • The Wanted 18 | 2014 TIFF Review

    Got Milk? Cowan & Shomali See The Glass Half Full, Celebrating Community Action In Beit Sahour With Stop-Motion Paul Cowan and Amer Shomali’s partially animated docu-drama,...

  • The Drop | 2014 TIFF Review

    Dog Day Afternoon: Roskam Sets Romance Amidst Insider Heist Coming off the white hot success of his hard hitting, Oscar nominated debut, Bullhead, Michaël Roskam signed...

  • The Buddy Holly Story | Blu-ray Review

    It’s been quite a long time since Gary Busey was taken seriously as an actor of considerable talent, but back in 1978 he almost took...

  • Manakamana | Blu-ray Review

    Birthed by the brilliant minds at Harvard’s increasingly influential Sensory Ethnography Lab, Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s Manakamana takes in the sights and sounds of...

  • To Be Takei | Review

    Living Long and Prospering: Kroot Recounts the Star’s Trek From Internment to the Internet Thanks to his witty and sincere presence on various social media...

  • Criterion Collection: Y Tu Mamá También | Blu-ray Review

    After a decade floating around the Hollywood back lots trading dignity for cash and technical experience on A Little Princess and Great Expectations, Alfonso Cuarón...

  • Interview: Daniel Dencik (Expedition to the End of the World)

    There is a massive stylistic difference between director Daniel Dencik’s meditative 8 mm cycling film, Moon Rider, and his second, character clashing adventure, Expedition to...

  • Expedition to the End of the World | Review

    Dencik Sails For Science and Existentialism At first glance, Danish director Daniel Dencik’s Expedition to the End of the World seems a blatant ripoff of...

  • Dinosaur 13 | Review

    Miller Asks: Who’s Dinosaur Is It Anyways? Before 1990, only twelve Tyrannosaurus Rex had ever been discovered. As you may have guessed, Dinosaur 13 documents...

  • 12 O’Clock Boys | DVD Review

    First time director Lotfy Nathan spent the years prior to his lengthy festival circuit tour (the kick star began at SXSW) documenting war in the...

  • Short Film Corner: Interview with Bernardo Britto (Yearbook)

    For this week’s IONCINEMA.com’s Short Film Corner, we feature Yearbook, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where it deservedly was awarded the Short Film Grand...