Do we respect these Truffle Hunters? Or are we laughing at them?

This documentary glimpse of a disappearing world — where fortune hunters and their dogs explore and dig for pungent,…


Watching Together Together with Woody Allen on my mind

Behold — the invention of the "non-rom-com": a genre for stories about loving-but-platonic relationships between men…


Go MacBook or Go Home: Why I finally watched (and enjoyed) Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

Christopher Nolan's movie was meant to restore our enthusiasm for big-screen cinema. So why do I think it's best…


Lee Isaac Chung Week, Day Five: a review of Abigail Harm

Lee Isaac Chung's strangest film isn't easy to watch. Nor is it easy to forget. But it is well worth seeking out for…


Lee Isaac Chung Week, Day Four: two epic conversations with the director of Minari

In June of 2009, I met Lee Isaac Chung for the first time. We talked about his first feature film Munyurangabo. Nine…


Lee Isaac Chung Week, Day Three: reviews of his first two films

I stared writing about the films of Lee Isaac Chung more than a decade ago. Now that Minari is finally earning him the…


Lee Issac Chung Week, Day Two: Retrospectives

Minari director Lee Isaac Chung has a new essay in the L.A. Times. Have you been reading Looking Closer for the decade…


Do the Wrong Thing: a portrait of betrayal in Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Compelling, occasionally impressive in its cinematographic finesse, occasionally obvious in its allusions, often too…


Lee Isaac Chung Week: Day One

This week, I'm celebrating the theatrical and streaming release of "Minari" in honor of filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung.…


In space, no one can hear you scream. But on a podcast?

Listen to the latest episode of Looking Closer, which features a conversation with Sarah Welch-Larson about her new…