Wonder Woman is and will remain the pop culture sensation of 2017. Unless BB-8 gets married and has kids or something in The Last Jedi. I explain just what it is that sets Patty Jenkins’ superhero sensation apart in a piece for Thrillst. Additionally, I did not ignore just what Gal Gadot’s new stardom means for people of the Hebraic faith, and you can read about that in the Times of...Read More
I was at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and saw a lot of great movies. In fact, I saw 35 movies. (There were 90 or so that showed.) Of that 35 I picked my top 20, and you can read that article over at Thrillist. Also at Thrillist, I drilled a little deeper on two movies I really enjoyed: Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and the Safdie Brothers’ Good Time. At Vanity Fair I reviewed three films. Two were good. They are Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) and Michel Hazanavicius’ Le Redoubtable. The not-so-good one was Based...Read More
It took a little arm-twisting, but I was able to interview Terry Zwigoff for Vanity Fair. This is a director I’ve been somewhat obsessed with for nearly two decades, perhaps because he doesn’t work all that often. Mr. Zwigoff is as he seems: a brilliant but not very laid back individual. Check out the...Read More
Marcel Ophuls’ “The Memory of Justice” is currently streaming on HBO Go. (I’m told it will be there indefinitely.) It’s unlike anything you’ve seen. I was lucky enough to see it projected, but even at home on your couch it ought it pack a punch. I attempted to get my head around this movie in a piece for Times of Israel. Quite frankly, I don’t think I nailed it. Or, at the least, it’s tip of the iceberg stuff. Even though I worked on it longer than I’ve worked on anything in months. (I’m really not supposed to admit...Read More
Busy month. But Cannes is coming, and that’ll juke the stats a little. More (1969), Barbet Schroeder, A- La Valée (1972), Barbet Schroeder, B Free Fire (2017), Ben Wheatley, B Hardware (1990), Richard Stanley, B Sandy Wexler (2017), Steve Brill, C+ I, Olga Hepnarova (2017), Tomás Weinreb, Petr Kazda, C- One Week and a Day (2017), Asaph Polonsky, C+ Barry Lyndon (1975), Stanley Kubrick, A Fantastic Four (2015), Josh Trank, F Star Trek Nemesis (2002), Stuart Baird, B- Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), George Lucas, D Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), James...Read More
“Despite the large soda you slurped down during the blockbuster (Hollywood spectacle forms an adhesive bond with the mind while marinating in sugar water, dontchaknow) you must hold it for a few more moments once the movie has ended. Because it hasn’t ended. Years ago, only borderline-savant cinema-goers and the parents of fourth-listed visual effects computer jockeys would stay through to watch all the credits. Now it is a prerequisite.” Read the rest of my drunken man’s screed at The...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.