All posts by Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown is a filmmaker and freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He has an MFA in Media Arts from City College, CUNY. His short films GATE OF HEAVEN and DAUGHTER OF HOPE can be viewed here: vimeo.com/user1360852. With Antonio Tibaldi, he co-wrote the screenplay 'The Oldest Man Alive,' which was selected for the "Emerging Narrative" section of IFP's 2012 Independent Film Week. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Live Flesh), Assayas (Cold Water), Bellochio (Fists in the Pocket), Breillat (Fat Girl), Coen Bros. (Burn After Reading), Demme (Something Wild), Denis (Friday Night), Herzog (The Wild Blue Yonder), Leigh (Another Year), Skolimowski (Four Nights with Anna), Zulawski (She-Shaman)
  • Zero Dark Thirty | Review

    Mourning the Mythic: Revenge has no Taste in Bin Laden Hunt Film Director Kathryn Bigelow willfully reigns in her own mythologizing instincts in the harrowing...

  • Flight | Review

    Zemeckis’ ‘Flight’ is no Thriller, just Lazy 12-step Evangelism In Hollywood, is AA the new Scientology? Director Robert Zemeckis’ attempt at a “grown up” movie,...

  • Passion, Amour, Heaven’s Gate: 2012 NYFF Recap

    This year’s 50th anniversary edition of the New York Film Festival conserved many of the signature tenets that have earned it a prestigious reputation, while...

  • Not Fade Away | Review

    Sopranos creator Chase stumbles with 60s coming-of-age rock-n-roll tale Trading off coming-of-age clichés with band-on-the-rise clichés, ‘Sopranos’ creator David Chase’s 60s-set Not Fade Away follows...

  • Life of Pi | Review

    Bengali Buoyancy: CGI impresses, but story falls short in Ang Lee’s adventure The highlight of Ang Lee’s 3D, CGI-laden adrift-at-sea fantasy film Life of Pi...

  • Ornette: Made in America | Review

    A high point for U.S. manufacturing: Jazz genius Ornette Coleman Shirley Clarke’s 1984 documentary ‘Ornette: Made in America’ is a portrait of music visionary and...

  • Side By Side | Review

    Film vs. digital doc obscures message with overt Hollywood deference From the opening Oscar broadcast-style montage of iconic movie clips (apparently it is only Hollywood,...

  • Neil Young Journeys | Review

    Walk with him: Neil Young makes Canada shake in Demme’s concert film On R.E.M.’s farewell masterpiece ‘Collapse Into Now,’ Michael Stipe channels the deep need...

  • Unforgivable | Review

    Téchiné explores family ruptures through a noir lens Veteran French director André Téchiné’s (‘Wild Reeds,’ ‘Les Voleurs’) Unforgivable is a deceptively nuanced story that skirts...

  • The Color Wheel | Review

    Don’t Believe The Color Wheel’s Promise to “entertain you with wit and charm the entire ride” It’s hard to think of a movie more undeserving than...

  • God Bless America | Review

    Bobcat Goldthwait’s pop culture manifesto fires at easy targets Writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait’s cartoonishly violent screed against cultural debasement comes from the right place but heads...

  • The Connection (1962) | Review

    Shirley Clarke’s Infamous 1962 mock-doc on Junkie Squalor gets Restored ‘The Connection,’ Shirley Clarke’s 1962 mock-documentary exposé of New York’s heroin addict sub-culture, has gained...

  • Celine and Julie Go Boating | Review

    Jacques Rivette’s 1974 Phantasma Frees Cinema from its Cage One afternoon in a sleepy Paris park, fanciful librarian Julie traces an occult symbol in the...

  • The Perfect Family | Review

    Turner’s Classic Movies were far Superior to this Insipid Comic Family Drama Kathleen Turner attacks the lead role in Anne Renton’s ‘The Perfect Family’ as...

  • The Deep Blue Sea | Review

    Terence Davies’ post-war love affair just lies there Writer-director Terence Davies yearns to orchestrate a swelling reverie of doomed love in the post-war British romance...

  • 4:44 Last Day On Earth | Review

    Forget the hype: Ferrara’s end-of-the-world reverie puts other apocalypse movies to shame The countdown to the apocalypse becomes a celebratory wake in Abel Ferrara’s transcendent...

  • The Kid With a Bike | Review

    The Dardenne brothers’ neo-realist fable captivates The latest movie from Belgian co-directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is a unique combination of ethnographic observation and allegorical...

  • Policeman | Review

    Israeli vs. Israeli terrorist drama is a timely, thrilling provocation The opening scene of Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid’s subversive, original terrorist drama Policeman is a...