It’s New Year’s Eve! Now that we’ve taken care of the Best of 2016, why not read some shameless Luddite Robot self-promotion?
For better or worse, your impressively humble narrator managed to post quite a few pieces in 2016. Some are better than others, but all of them have one thing in common: namely, words. Here’s a moment to highlight some of the words I consider worth a look. Consider this an end-of-year In Case You Missed It. None are “essential” but I like them well enough. Maybe you will, too — and if you’re not careful, you just might learn something!
Unlike Matt Singer at ScreenCrush, I haven’t come up with a list of film-related resolutions for the new year. I have a few ideas, though, which you can expect to be reflected here. I’ve pledged to watch 52 films by women, a seemingly easy hurdle to clear but one that, based on 2016 viewing, I apparently (and rather embarrassingly) need to emphasize for myself. I plan to keep the Great Movie Project and its Counter-Programming going, and double-down on the Vegan Horror series.
Finally, I will make a concerted effort to include more interviews, both because I find the experience fascinating and readers seem to enjoy them, and I will once again try to expand Luddite Robot to include other voices besides mine. (Contact me if you’re interested.) Beyond that, I guess we’ll see. Let me know if you have ideas!
In any case, here are some favorites that I consider worth your time. See you in 2017.
- THE REVOLUTIONARY, COLLIDING IMAGES OF MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
- FLESH, SPIRIT AND FACES IN THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
- BUSTER KEATON, THE GENERAL, AND THE LOST CAUSE
- THE TORTURED SPACES BENEATH PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
- THE INCESTUOUS RACIAL POLITICS OF OSCAR MICHEAUX AND THE AMBIGUOUS TEXT IN GOD’S STEP CHILDREN
- IN 1934, THE GODDESS TOOK AIM AT THE ANGEL/WHORE DICHOTOMY
- AWAARA, RAJ KAPOOR, AND EARLY BOLLYWOOD
- COMMUNITY, CAPITAL, AND PATRIARCHY IN WILD GEESE
- LICKING OUR WOUNDS: THE VAMPIRIC MASCULINITY OF RAVENOUS
- BODIES AND CARCASSES IN PREDATOR 2
- TEXAS CHAINSAW VEGAN HORROR: I LIKE MEAT, PLEASE CHANGE THE SUBJECT!
- HUMAN AND NONHUMAN HORROR CINEMA
- BRIDGING THE ABYSS: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTORS OF NOTES ON BLINDNESS
- 7 DAYS IN OHIO: AN INTERVIEW WITH NATHAN RABIN
- FILM CRITIC PHIL DY TALKS NEW FILIPINO CINEMA
- “THERE’S JUST A WEALTH OF FILMMAKING THAT COULD BE SHOWN”: A CONVERSATION WITH SUSAN OXTOBY
- DISLOCATION, EXPLODED BINARIES AND SURNAME VIET GIVEN NAME NAM
- CARS, KIDS, AND KIAROSTAMI: TASTE OF CHERRY
- 46 THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THE HAPPENING
- ALAN RICKMAN MADE GALAXY QUEST AN UNLIKELY MASTERPIECE
- WHY ISN’T SOUTHLAND TALES A CULT CLASSIC?
- ON SUBMISSION, SURRENDER, POWER, AND RADICAL VIEWERSHIP
- OVER THE TOP STILL LIVES UP TO ITS NAME
- THE COENS, BY WAY OF CAMUS
- THE FUTURES OF DOCUMENTARY PAST
- FROM B.O.B. TO CALIGARI TO HITLER
- THE VAST EMPTINESS OF QUENTIN TARANTINO