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Filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan Spins a Melancholy Cocoon

It's more abstract than his later films, but it's still clearly his work, as evidenced by its evocative shots of nature, its glimpses at family life, and its lushly melancholy mood.

By Bilge Ebiri

See Duke Ellington’s Movie Debut

As such, it's a part of both cinema and music history, even though, as a film, it's basically an excuse to showcase Ellington's musicianship.

By Bilge Ebiri

Filmmaker Cruz Angeles Makes Uncomfortable Art

One of our favorite films at this year's Sundance Film Festival was Cruz Angeles's beautiful debut feature. So we decided to delve into his back catalogue.

By Bilge Ebiri

Filmmaker Dale Goodson Gets Gas

Hey, remember those skyrocketing fuel prices earlier this year? Boy, was that a silly time — and so long ago, too.

By Bilge Ebiri

Filmmaker Ilya Chaiken Blacks Out

Shot on a dime, 'Blackout' is a funny, genuinely unsettling look at an unfortunate hookup in the midst of the big power outage of 2003.

By Bilge Ebiri