Tuesday, February 17 2015
So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night.
Thursday, February 12 2015
For every apparent innovation, one-man movies are as conventional as they come.
Tuesday, February 3 2015
In the kulturkampf between India’s intelligentsia decrying the ‘cultural terrorism’ of extremists, a film like PK has me wondering, how long can secular liberals retain the moral high ground?
Thursday, January 29 2015
The more closely I followed the Ebola coverage, the more the simulacra of contagion in fiction, film, and games seemed inextricably woven into the mainstream media.
Wednesday, January 28 2015
Tom Cruise is the most consistent movie star Hollywood has, and when he stops making films, his absence will signify the end of an era.
Monday, January 26 2015
Feeling lucky, punk? The road from obscurity to legend wasn't easy for Clint Eastwood's iconic character Dirty Harry. Think you know the back story? Read on!
Tuesday, January 20 2015
A haunted estate proves too much for a curious writer in Eduardo de Gregorio's rare and little-seen surrealist mystery, Sérail.
Thursday, January 15 2015
From cult leader Jim Jones to scientist Richard Dawkins, once in a rare while, Hollywood gets a religious idea, or an idea about religion, right.
Wednesday, January 7 2015
Boyhood returns to the view that originated with Italian Neorealism: documenting everyday life is the biggest spectacle one could capture on film.
Friday, December 19 2014
Gruff Rhys' innovative, multi-platform narrative unfolds the beguiling and intriguing narrative of an enigmatic Welshman seeking out his kind... in America.
Tuesday, December 16 2014
The year 2014 saw classic composer/director teams hit new highs, as well as a considerable dark streak take over the world of film scoring.
Wednesday, December 3 2014
Like many avant-gardists before them, Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping view their performances not as an artistic practice or profession, but as an orientation toward life.
Tuesday, November 18 2014
If The Great Gatsby is a peep through a keyhole at the dirty underbelly of extreme wealth from a bygone era, Small Apartments kicks the door down and lays bare a grotesque characterization of today’s urban lower middle class.
Friday, November 14 2014
Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI.
Tuesday, November 4 2014
What does Tom Petty think of Cylons? What does the Polar Bear from LOST know about CPR? Why does everyone think this author is a produce clerk?
Friday, October 31 2014
While Hollywood horror thrives on the anxieties over the persistence of evil, emanating from a malevolent source, Tamil horror films deal with the prevalence of social injustice.
Thursday, October 30 2014
Haunted houses. Extreme haunts. Big scares. Big money. Maybe even big health benefits (when used with caution, of course). Step inside, if you dare.
Monday, October 20 2014
This collection of films is significant in illustrating the development of Mack Sennett's contributions to early film comedy and the lasting effects of Sennett and his troupe.
Wednesday, October 15 2014
It’s not that Anna Karina couldn’t act, but that she didn’t have to. Her physical presence was the art, and her beauty, in and of itself, was a significant contribution to the culture.
Tuesday, October 14 2014
For Werner Herzog, man’s tug-of-war with nature is not a present imbalance but a lost cause, the barbarous beauty of nature made mere barbarism by humankind.