Thursday, November 26 2015
Back by popular demand! Recommendations from "40 Nights at the Movies" will keep you, your dog and your elephant glued to the couch for months.
Wednesday, November 11 2015
Often exploring the haunted depths of dissolute sexuality, author and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet reframes the ideas of longing and desire through his usual exercises in repetitious narratives.
Thursday, November 5 2015
Stanley Kubrick was right. Girlfriends is one of the finest American films of the ‘70s.
Wednesday, October 28 2015
The dust has cleared on the fourth attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen. Why is this team of comic characters so important? What keeps going so horribly wrong?
Thursday, October 22 2015
Indiana Jones was born to be a cult object. What does that mean nearly four decades later, when prestigious institutions have embraced this artifice?
Monday, October 5 2015
I first loved and admired Sarah Records not because it had begun, but because it had ended. It seemed to me ending things took much more courage, strength and self-discipline than beginning them.
Tuesday, September 29 2015
Hugh Fleetwood's story of murder and guilt evades the clear resolutions of mystery-narratives, opting for a disturbing disquisition on human enigma.
Friday, September 25 2015
What does the French version of Netflix look like? How much gratuitous nudity can you expect to find in the French Netflix catalogue? Isn’t “French movie” code for “mild erotica”, anyway?
Friday, August 21 2015
Multiple versions of the classic story The World of Suzie Wong offer different takes on a social phenomenon, but can any of them escape the biases of their authors?
Tuesday, August 11 2015
Kristen Wiig’s genius is that she can generate humor and pathos from the same source, her characters’ pain.
Wednesday, July 29 2015
In the dust of long gone video stores ghosts of film geeks past forever roam.
Tuesday, July 28 2015
Superman and Superman II are two of the best films of their kind, but budget and time overruns necessitated a number of changes from the original vision.
Wednesday, July 15 2015
An examination of internalized fears, The Last of Philip Banter explores the social culture of the working-class through a careful dissection of mental illness.
Monday, July 13 2015
The biggest "box office bombs" of all time, much like the biggest hits, are not always the ones you're expecting them to be.
Friday, June 19 2015
Making their films resistant to easy consumption and demanding respect for the artiste is essential to the spirit of Birdman and Uttama Villain.
Tuesday, June 9 2015
In The River, Renoir transcends his own attractive colors, stumbling into a “realistic” philosophy of nature that the portraiture of color so often forbids.
Monday, June 1 2015
It takes a superior actress to convey a character’s entire history in one scene, and in this film, at least, Meryl Streep does it masterfully.
Thursday, May 28 2015
The mortal authenticity of Charles Bronson’s face needed no surgical denials or plastic justifications, unlike the onscreen stars of today's image-obsessed culture.
Tuesday, May 26 2015
Two fascinating bits of Americana, Black Gold and Face of Fire, are defined by racial themes, yet tackle the subject quite differently.
Thursday, May 21 2015
An electrifying story of deadly obsessions and poisonous pedagogy, Pin captures perfectly the dread and unease of '80s American suburbia.