I started writing film criticism for the Reader in September 2010 with a capsule review of the wrestling movie Legendary; since December 2011 I've written daily posts for the Bleader. Before that, I had been a regular contributor to the local website CINE-FILE, for which I'd been writing since its conception in 2007. I also cowrote a series of essays on Takashi Miike for Mubi.com in 2010. In other movie-related business, I've introduced screenings at Doc Films, taught classes at Facets Multimedia, and continue to volunteer regularly at Bucktown’s Odd Obsession Movies. Major influences: What is Cinema? by Andre Bazin, Films and Feelings by Raymond Durgnat, The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan by Robin Wood, and every film critic who’s written for the Reader.
Ben Sachs writes about moviegoing every Monday.
This year’s selections look at revolutionary politics, the relationships between people and their environments, and the experiences of women and other underrepresented groups.
by Ben Sachs | Mar 20, 2019
With a nod to this week’s Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, capsules from the archives about avant-garde cinema
by Ben Sachs | Mar 19, 2019
These five capsules celebrate the often overlooked work of women directors.
by Ben Sachs | Mar 12, 2019
Dreams are crucial components in these five films reviewed in capsule form in the Reader archives.
by Ben Sachs | Mar 5, 2019
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest feature is a deep psychological portrait set against an expansive landscape.
by Ben Sachs | Feb 22, 2019
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