Author Spotlight

Mark Asch

Mark Asch is the author of the New York Movies volume of the Close-Ups series of film books and a contributor to Film Comment, Sight and Sound, Reverse Shot, Filmmaker, Screen Slate, and other publications.

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Trash and Treasure at the Razzies

What makes a “bad” movie anyway? By surveying the bombs, disasters, and secret masterpieces (dis)honored at the Golden Raspberry Awards, we can learn much about American cinema’s prevailing standards of taste.

By Mark Asch

The Roaring Twenties: Into the Past

Hollywood legend Raoul Walsh’s first movie for Warner Bros. is an epoch-spanning tall tale that takes inspiration from the New York City of his childhood and closes out a run of influential gangster films he inaugurated in the silent era.

By Mark Asch


Gilded Cage: Robert Ryan in Caught

Postwar Hollywood’s quintessential heavy wields his signature mix of brutality and neurosis to embody an abusive husband in Max Ophuls’s psychological drama.

By Mark Asch

Deep Dives

Masaki Kobayashi Plays Hardball

A noirish tale of closed-door dealings and systemic corruption, I Will Buy You is the anti-sports movie that feels most like baseball in 2020.

By Mark Asch


Mike Leigh Meets the Cure: The Three-Chord Nostalgia of Career Girls

One of the most iconic rock bands of the eighties provides the soundtrack to this poignant portrait of friendship and lost youth.

By Mark Asch