Carlos Valladares is a writer, critic, programmer, journalist, and video essayist from South Central Los Angeles, California. He studied film at Stanford University and began his PhD in History of Art and Film & Media Studies at Yale University in fall 2019. He has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Film Comment, and the Criterion Collection. Photo: Jerry Schatzberg
Overtime: On Kevin Jerome Everson
Carlos Valladares writes on the filmmaker’s expansive body of work, exploring themes of identity, time, and reality.
Cosmic Freeze Frames: A Poetics of Bill Gunn
Carlos Valladares discusses the films of the pioneering director.
Carlos Valladares reminisces, in this personal essay, about the director’s films.
The Last Gangster Show
Carlos Valladares explores the gangster film genre, tracing the conventions and evolutions in the form from the exuberance of Raoul Walsh’s The Roaring Twenties (1939) to the heavy silence of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (2019).
Carlos Valladares explores the cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini, tracking the developments and lasting influence of the auteur’s singular career.
The World According to Kelly Reichardt
Carlos Valladares writes on Kelly Reichardt’s films, exploring the director’s interest in subtle details and care for complex characters.
The Center of the Storm
Carlos Valladares writes on filmmaker and photographer Jerry Schatzberg’s prolific career.
The Art of Perception: Richard Serra’s Films
For eleven years, from 1968 to 1979, Richard Serra created a collection of films and videos that felt out the uncharted phenomenological boundaries of the medium. Carlos Valladares explores a selection of these works.