Tuesday, April 1 2014
I didn't expect Anchorman 2 to be something the first Anchorman was not at all: a relevant, and dare I even say intelligent, satire on the state of news reporting in the US.
Monday, March 31 2014
Beneath has the tools to be a good horror flick: stranded teens; the decline of judgment in the face of terror; severed limbs; lots of blood.
Thursday, March 27 2014
David Gordon Green favors the elliptical over the literal and is more concerned with establishing atmosphere. Words spoken are less important than words omitted.
Wednesday, March 26 2014
Throne of Blood plays with Noh's frightening incongruity, its delicacy of movement expressing mortifyingly indelicate actions, as when Washizu and Asaji deflate like punctured blow-up dolls as they resolve themselves to treason.
Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton turn down the grotesque but amp up the insidious mixture of morbid comedy and genuine creepiness for this series of stand-alone tales.
Tuesday, March 25 2014
To some, the FBI's handling of MOVE screamed of the Attica prison riot; to others, it was more like the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, if you will.
The title of writer/director Craig Lahiff's Swerve is both predictably metaphorical and assertively literal, but the film itself is merely a road to nowhere.
Monday, March 24 2014
The Wolf of Wall Street becomes a frightening morality play wherein the morals worth celebrating or demonizing depend entirely upon the viewer.
Friday, March 21 2014
This unauthorized documentary offers a unique look at one of Eric Clapton's most fertile eras, but is light on the words of Clapton himself.
Thursday, March 20 2014
In Fear is moderately successful in illustrating the randomness of violence.
The monsters in Monsters look laughable, but if you're a fan of the show already, you probably won't care.
Wednesday, March 19 2014
Tess is the rare film that feels like a painting come to life, and just like a painting, allows us to see precisely what we wish to see.
Tuesday, March 18 2014
Naked As We Came doesn’t stand up well to naked intensity in any real form.
The unlikely team of Jason Statham, James Franco and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone gives us Homefront, a mediocre action flick that’s way less fun than it should be.
Monday, March 17 2014
Thief, like the best crime films, forces the viewer to rethink traditional conceptions of criminality.
Twice Born takes what has the potential to be an engrossing cinematic backdrop—the horrific Bosnian War—and turns it into cheap sentiment.
Friday, March 14 2014
This new 10th anniversary Blu-ray offers a pair of new interesting bonus features that have new perspectives on the film.
Thursday, March 13 2014
Russian transcendental filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s expansive tapestries define meditativeness.
Ripper Street's greatest strength is to avoid direct reference to the killings as an investigative project and to treat them as traumatic events from which its characters are trying to recover.
Just why Acorn Media recently released Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection nearly 20 years after its initial broadcast is hardly a mystery.