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Double Exposure Double Exposure is a quarterly film journal produced by undergraduates at Columbia University. To get involved with Double Exposure, email us at [email protected].

Double Exposure is the undergraduate film journal of Columbia University. We aim to provide a forum for the scholarly and accessible discussion of cinema. We do this both on a constantly-updated blog, found at doubleexposurejournal.com, and a semesterly print journal. To contribute to Double Exposure, respond to an article, give a suggestion, or get involved in any way, email us at [email protected]. You can follow us on Twitter @2xposure, and on Instagram @doubleexposurejournal.

Behold: Our annual best-of-the-year poll is finally here! Check out the 10—well, 14—films our staff collectively liked t...
02/27/2020
The Best Movies of 2019 - Double Exposure Blog

Behold: Our annual best-of-the-year poll is finally here! Check out the 10—well, 14—films our staff collectively liked the most in 2019.

Plus, some blurbs on five films that especially stood out to us!

http://doubleexposurejournal.com/the-best/

In addition to contributing ballots to our aggregated top 10, a few members of our editorial board wrote about some films that meant something to them, whether or not they made our final list.

Film at Lincoln Center recently hosted a new restoration of Béla Tarr's seven-and-a-half hour epic Sátántangó. Alan Wu s...
12/03/2019
A Cinema for the People: Sátántangó - Double Exposure Blog

Film at Lincoln Center recently hosted a new restoration of Béla Tarr's seven-and-a-half hour epic Sátántangó. Alan Wu saw it, and wants you to know why it's worth every minute of your time! http://doubleexposurejournal.com/a-cinema-for-the-people/

The primary reason that Sátántangó is so able to lift its weight across seven-and-a-half hours is because its main vocabulary of long takes naturally generates a blood flow of images that is consistent in tone and utterly hypnotizing.

With Jessica Hausner's new film Little Joe set for release early this December, Audrey Zhang takes a look back at the Au...
11/19/2019
Retrospective Review: Amour Fou - Double Exposure Blog

With Jessica Hausner's new film Little Joe set for release early this December, Audrey Zhang takes a look back at the Austrian filmmaker's 2014 darkly comic Amour Fou:

Basing Amour Fou upon this ridiculous story from early 19th century Germany, Hausner presents the impossibility of romantic love.

Our first review from this year's New York Film Festival is here! Etan Weisfogel provides a dissenting view on the hotly...
10/29/2019
NYFF 2019: Uncut Gems - Double Exposure Blog

Our first review from this year's New York Film Festival is here! Etan Weisfogel provides a dissenting view on the hotly anticipated new Safdie Brothers film, Uncut Gems. http://doubleexposurejournal.com/nyff-2019-uncut-gems/

The Safdie Brothers make films driven by the ego—I mean that in the psychoanalytic sense mostly, though one detects a bit of the word’s more colloquial definition in their new film Uncut Gems. More on that later, perhaps; for now, Freud. The protagonists of Heaven Knows What, Good Time, and now ...

02/08/2019
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Top 15 list incoming! Double Exposure staff weighs in on the best films of 2018-- and a few gems that passed under the radar.

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And finally for this round: Madeleine Collier on Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma.
12/06/2018
NYFF 2018: Roma - Double Exposure Blog

And finally for this round: Madeleine Collier on Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma.

Nevertheless, there is enormous power in Cuarón’s decision to frame an epic-scale narrative about Mexico in transition around an indigenous woman; one who speaks in her native mixteca as well as Spanish, who enacts a coveted cinematic role as central voyeur, who brings the viewer into each of man...

Next up: Sasha Starovoitov on Tamara Jenkins' Private Life.
12/06/2018
NYFF 2018: Private Life - Double Exposure Blog

Next up: Sasha Starovoitov on Tamara Jenkins' Private Life.

Private Life is a heartwarming, at times heartbreaking, work that succeeds in uniting stereotypes, tropes, and genres to remind viewers of the power in “dramedy.”

Get ready for one more blast of NYFF 56 pieces! Our coverage of the festival continues with Liz Sobolik's review of Mark...
12/05/2018
NYFF 2018: The Times of Bill Cunningham - Double Exposure Blog

Get ready for one more blast of NYFF 56 pieces! Our coverage of the festival continues with Liz Sobolik's review of Mark Bozek's The Times of Bill Cunningham.

The beauty of this documentary lies in its ability to forefront Cunningham’s impression of himself without pandering to the audience, hungry for anecdotes to establish a sense of closeness to Cunningham—a reluctant celebrity whose work hinges on his ability to disappear into the sidewalk.

We're still working through all the films we saw at NYFF this year! Check out Etan Weisfogel on the last known film made...
10/25/2018
NYFF 2018: The Other Side of the Wind - Double Exposure Blog

We're still working through all the films we saw at NYFF this year! Check out Etan Weisfogel on the last known film made by Orson Welles, which premiered at the festival nearly 40 years after it was shot (and which you will able to watch on Netflix come November 2nd). http://doubleexposurejournal.com/nyff-2018-side-wind/

In considering The Other Side of the Wind as Orson Welles’s final statement, one must come to terms with the fact that it is no longer really his film.

It's our first dispatch from this year's New York Film Festival! Crystal Lua finds much to recommend in Transit, Christi...
10/09/2018
NYFF 2018: Transit - Double Exposure Blog

It's our first dispatch from this year's New York Film Festival! Crystal Lua finds much to recommend in Transit, Christian Petzold's anticipated follow-up to Phoenix. It will play twice at Lincoln Center before the festival ends, once tomorrow at 6pm and again on October 14th at noon. We'll have more coverage of the festival in the coming days. Stay tuned!

http://doubleexposurejournal.com/nyff-2018-transit/

In transit, relationships are evacuated of any real meaning, identity is rendered deliberately superficial and interchangeable, and what little the immigrants do own they carry with them.

Out of things to do inside on a hot summer's day? Need a break from your Facebook timeline? Read this awesome dissenting...
07/23/2018
Changing the Conversation: On First Reformed - Double Exposure Blog

Out of things to do inside on a hot summer's day? Need a break from your Facebook timeline? Read this awesome dissenting take on Paul Schrader's widely acclaimed First Reformed from our own Madeleine Collier!

http://doubleexposurejournal.com/changing-conversation-first-reformed/

First Reformed deploys a host of Protestant self-punishing trappings and conventions to fabricate a seductive spectacle out of white male guilt and self-pity.

yep, here it is, Madeleine Collier's review of Wild Boys (also known to French people as Les garçons sauvages), which ha...
03/09/2018
Wild Boys - Double Exposure Blog

yep, here it is, Madeleine Collier's review of Wild Boys (also known to French people as Les garçons sauvages), which had its premiere here in the Big Apple on Feb 24th. Check it out buddy!

Four strutting teenage boys played by four strutting teenage girls compose the magnetic centerpiece of Bertrand Mandico’s heady debut feature, Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages), which had its New York premiere on February 24th at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. Supremely bizarre, extraordinari...

We got another piece about the "Tell Me: Women Filmmakers, Women’s Stories" series at Metograph, this time a write-up ab...
02/16/2018
Women Reply - Double Exposure Blog

We got another piece about the "Tell Me: Women Filmmakers, Women’s Stories" series at Metograph, this time a write-up about Agnes Varda's "Women Reply" by Addie Glickstein!!!

Varda’s portrait offers a corrective to the oftentimes even more egregiously inadequate representations that preceded it . . . it’s clear that it isn’t so much women that warrant reinventing, but our understanding of womanhood itself.

Thank you all who came out tonight to celebrate Ben Stiller's birthday with a screening of Heavy Weights (1995)!!
11/30/2017

Thank you all who came out tonight to celebrate Ben Stiller's birthday with a screening of Heavy Weights (1995)!!

That cinephile favorite himself, Hong Sang-soo, premiered not one, but TWO movies at the NYFF this year... he just can't...
11/14/2017
NYFF 2017: Two Films from Hong Sang-soo - Double Exposure Blog

That cinephile favorite himself, Hong Sang-soo, premiered not one, but TWO movies at the NYFF this year... he just can't stop making films! Wondering if they are any good? Well Etan Weisfogel has got the answers, reviewing both of them right here!

His two works feel like culminations in other ways too, messing with Hong’s usual structures while asserting themselves as two of the most deeply personal and mysterious entries in his filmography

Woody Allen premiered his new film at the festival this year... is it worth seeing? Read Matthew Rivera's review to find...
11/14/2017
NYFF 2017: Wonder Wheel - Double Exposure Blog

Woody Allen premiered his new film at the festival this year... is it worth seeing? Read Matthew Rivera's review to find out!

Through her character, and her sneakily masterful performance, we can navigate the film as an intensely confessional work by its director.

Coming in hot of the grill, three New York Film Festival reviews, ready for the movies' upcoming wider releases. First u...
11/14/2017
NYFF 2017: Lover for a Day - Double Exposure Blog

Coming in hot of the grill, three New York Film Festival reviews, ready for the movies' upcoming wider releases. First up, we got Crystal Lua's review of Philippe Garrel's new film, "Lover for a Day." Check it out!

It’s an incredibly poignant, if rather confused, meditation on the multiple valences of love and fidelity from an intergenerational perspective.

If you scroll past this without reading the article...well, my friend, that is just plain foolish of you. This is not to...
11/08/2017
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold - Double Exposure Blog

If you scroll past this without reading the article...well, my friend, that is just plain foolish of you. This is not to be missed. Addie Glickstein reviews "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold"

When Joan Didion talks, she gestures with her entire upper body. Her arms, bent at the elbow, extend outwards as her wrists unfurl, reaching out towards the camera to punctuate each sentence. It feels, in these moments, as though the words inside of her can’t get out quickly enough on their own — li...

Yes, you must be sad about fall break being over. But there is something to cheer you up... that's right, it's Rita Zhan...
11/08/2017
A Gentle Creature - Double Exposure Blog

Yes, you must be sad about fall break being over. But there is something to cheer you up... that's right, it's Rita Zhang's review of "A Gentle Creature" !

If you are a fan of Fyodor Dostoevsky and are seeking a loyal adaptation of his 1876 short story A Gentle Creature, the 2017 film under the same title may seem unsatisfying on a surface level. Fifty years after legendary French director Robert Bresson’s 1969 film A Gentle Woman, the Ukrainian direct...

Yijing Zhang starts our NYFF 2017 recap with Claire Denis' "Let the Sunshine In" !
10/15/2017
NYFF 2017: Let The Sunshine In - Double Exposure Blog

Yijing Zhang starts our NYFF 2017 recap with Claire Denis' "Let the Sunshine In" !

Bestowed soul and spirit by Juliette Binoche’s minimalist performance, Isabelle encounters a series of invariably disappointing romantic ventures.

Yep, just some good old fashioned film writing by our own Matt Rivera. This time, some thoughts on Howard Hawks and The ...
09/28/2017
The Big Sleep and Howard Hawks's Cinema of Moments - Double Exposure Blog

Yep, just some good old fashioned film writing by our own Matt Rivera. This time, some thoughts on Howard Hawks and The Big Sleep. You wouldn't wanna "sleep" on this one...

Hawks, one of cinema’s most inconspicuous poets, talks about “making scenes” as if it were playing baseball or going fishing. To say he had a gift for making scenes would be an understatement.

We know you've wanted this... and by George we give it to you. Addie Glickstein reviews Dustin Guy Defa’s sophomore feat...
09/28/2017
Person to Person - Double Exposure Blog

We know you've wanted this... and by George we give it to you. Addie Glickstein reviews Dustin Guy Defa’s sophomore feature, "Person to Person."

By tracking the disparate storylines of New Yorkers across three generations, Defa allows several distinct time periods to exist simultaneously, at once concurrent and continuous.

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You're lying if you say you don't want to read this... Addie Glickstein interviews director Alex Ross Perry for the blog...
03/21/2017
Interview: Alex Ross Perry - Double Exposure Blog

You're lying if you say you don't want to read this... Addie Glickstein interviews director Alex Ross Perry for the blog in the wake of his brand new film!

Contributor Addie Glickstein sits down with Alex Ross Perry to discuss his beginnings, movie-watching, and New York City.

It is finally here, the traditional Contributor's Top Ten Poll. What was the best movie of 2016? Click and find out!
03/08/2017
Double Exposure Contributor's Top Ten of 2016 - Double Exposure Blog

It is finally here, the traditional Contributor's Top Ten Poll. What was the best movie of 2016? Click and find out!

As is traditional, the staff of Double Exposure collected ranked Top Ten lists of our contributors and followers favorite films released in the US from the past year. As is also traditional, we are got our acts together just in time to release it before Spring Break. Beneath the list, we have pieces...

Black Panthers (1968)
02/06/2017

Black Panthers (1968)

Michael Thurston's review of Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman is up now! A frontrunner for the prestigious Academy Award fo...
02/02/2017
The Salesman - Double Exposure Blog

Michael Thurston's review of Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman is up now! A frontrunner for the prestigious Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, should you head out to see it this instance, or should you just stay home? Read this review to find out!

Asghar Farhadi again writes, directs, and produces his latest film, one that offers a powerful reflection on how doing the right thing doesn't always line up with what is expected of you.

Last night something amazing happened. Our spring 2016 journal featured a symposium over the great director Peter Bogdan...
01/16/2017

Last night something amazing happened. Our spring 2016 journal featured a symposium over the great director Peter Bogdanovich. Well, last night at a screening of his 1981 film They All Laughed, our editor Matt Rivera managed to give Bogdanovich a copy! And he got another one signed! And Matt found out he doesn't storyboard his shots! And Peter said he'd definitely give it a read. How dang incredible is that? It's come full circle...

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