Month: September 2011

Fantastic Fest 2011

As with other festivals I went to this year (see Sundance 2011 and South By Southwest 2011) I’m not going to have a post for each film. But here’s a thumbnail of what I saw. Sennentutchi, Michael Steiner, B- Invasion of Alien Bikini, Young-Do Ho, B Extraterrestrial, Nacho Vigalondo, B Manborg, Steven Kostanki, B+ Summerland, Grimur Hakonarson, B A Lonely Place To Die, Julian Gibley, B+ Aardvark, Kitau Sakurai, B Karate Robo Zaborgar, Noburo Iguchi, B Knuckle, Ian Palmer, A- You’re Next, Adam Wingard, A Bullhead, Michael Roskum, A- Milocrorze: A Love Story, Yoshimasa Ishibashi, A Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, Jose Padilha, C+ Underwater Love, Shinki Imakoma, A- The Squad, James Osorio Marquez, C- Clown, Mikkel Norgaard,...

Read More

Melancholia (2011), Lars von Trier, ?

I’m such a wimp – I can’t take a position on Melancholia. I both hate it and love it. I’m still thinking about it. Normally that’s a sign that “well, something’s there, so it must be partially good.” But in this case, part of the thing that I’m still thinking about is that I can’t tell if it is bullshit or not. I usually like Lars’ stuff, but he’s been slipping of late, and I . . .I just don’t know what I think about this one. More to...

Read More


Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.

He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.

Follow me on Twitter