First Exposure

’90s Time Stamp

By Paul Felten

The once-fashionable Mike Figgis, and specifically his unsung One Night Stand, played a vital, fondly remembered role in this writer’s budding cinephilia.

First Exposure

Free Spirits

By Michael Koresky

Poltergeist is the subject of the inaugural edition of a column in which writers and filmmakers are invited to share the viewing experiences that shaped their early movie love into life-defining passions.


Bo Burnham Presents Old Enough

By Metrograph

The comedian/director/musician joined us for a screening of Marisa Silver’s 1984 film at Metrograph on November 28, 2018.


Diasporic Images

By Yasmina Price

Considering Black women’s cultural production, on the 30th anniversary of Julie Dash’s groundbreaking first and only feature, Daughters of the Dust.


Citizen of the World

By Gabriel Jandali Appel

In a six-part pseudo-travelogue, Orson Welles playfully self-mythologizes his way across Europe.


Searching for Leader Ladies

By Rebecca Lyon

A Chicago Film Society project embraces the mysterious test-image subjects known only to projectionists and other apostles of analog.


Sounding Out Electronic Music’s Female Pioneers

By Margaret Barton-Fumo

Lisa Rovner’s new documentary, Sisters with Transistors, shines a collective light on trailblazing sonic artists long overdue for recognition.


Another Round with Vinterberg & Mikkelsen

By Laura Kern

In a pair of films, the acclaimed Danish duo lay the foundation for a lasting cinematic partnership.


Uncharted Territory

By José Teodoro

Emotional logic prevails in Claire Denis’s L’Intrus, inviting us to share its itinerant protagonist’s unmoored state.


Split Image

By Aliza Ma

With Center Stage, Stanley Kwan blends formal styles to tell the story of the tragic silent Shanghainese starlet Ruan Lingyu and redefines the biopic.


The Eyes of Tony Longo

By Genevieve Yue

On the existence of a secret cinema found on the fringes of Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles.


Life Isn’t That Simple

By Zia Anger

Being a teenager can feel apocalyptic. Sometimes a film about the end of the world is the best medicine.