Clio Barnard

'The Selfish Giant': The Part of England Everyone Forgot
Clio Barnard's masterpiece about rural England
January 03, 2014

A masterpiece about rural, post-industrial England, based on an Oscar Wilde story.

David Thomson on Films: ‘The Arbor’
May 20, 2011

What do “documentary” and “newsreel” hope to mean in this benighted age of the Internet, when information threatens to overwhelm intelligence? Though the genre is still hard to fund and difficult to make, there is no doubt but that, in the last 20 years, more documentaries have been getting limited theatrical release. So an orthodox complacency reigns that this is “a good thing.” But is the age of Michael Moore, Ken Burns, Werner Herzog, Frederick Wiseman, and movies like Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job really useful and critical of how we are being run?