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.
Remembering the people and films that made the video store special.
by Ben Sachs | May 12, 2020
Now is the time to tackle some daunting cinema.
by Ben Sachs | Mar 24, 2020
Four films exploring humanity, made for the big screen.
by Ben Sachs | Mar 10, 2020
Marco Bellocchio’s films remind us that cinema is an adventure.
by Ben Sachs | Feb 25, 2020
The romantic pull of the Soviet ideology in film.
by Ben Sachs | Feb 13, 2020
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