Thursday, November 21 2013
If Christian Petzold’s languidly paced, intoxicating character study Barbara were an American film, an appropriate marketing campaign may have consisted of posters splattered on street corners that asked “Who is Barbara Wolff?”
The disparate influences, caginess, and behind-the-scenes difficulties in The Uninvited make for an intoxicating snapshot of a genre on the verge of popular acceptance.
Wednesday, November 20 2013
We're the Millers is like a less allegorical, more accessible Pleasantville.
John Carpenter's classic siege thriller isn't quite the old Hollywood throwback it's reputed to be, but it offers a striking reworking of genre mechanics and imagery to make up for its unsentimental atmosphere.
Sleepwalker is one of the most obscure British films ever made, and it's easy to see why: almost everything about Saxon Logan's weird, unsettling and dreamlike film is unconventional.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
Treme is the most kaleidoscopic show being produced these days. Its artistry in the arc of the episodes demonstrates gorgeous design throughout the season.
Valley Girls Sam and Reggie’s skills make them much more adaptable to a future that values spontaneity and spunk over brains and bookishness.
Amanda Seyfriend conveys Linda’s blunt, emotional thought process without judgement and is excellent at acting badly. That’s no jab. Acting like a bad actor is no easy feat
Monday, November 18 2013
Catastrophic violence becomes more central to the Superman mythos than ever before.
René Clair's lavish and elegant retelling of the Faust legend is revitalized through the vibrant, sometimes comical performances of the two leads.
Friday, November 15 2013
Based on the life of noted ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno, Oka! is a story about life, sound and love overshadowed by ethical problems.
The original lineup only recorded four albums, but within a few short years in the '70s the band helped shape the future of popular music. Its name was Dr. Feelgood.
Thursday, November 14 2013
Dream Theater, now in its third decade, suffered what could have been a crippling blow, the loss of drummer Mike Portnoy. The band found a replacement and got (to everyone's surprise) better. This new DVD is proof.
Ciaran Foy's debut horror film may be a low budget affair, but its bleak urban environment provides a terrific backdrop for some genuine chills.
Saved by the Bell ended in 1993, but now 20 years later, the teen sitcom is as charming as ever.
Wednesday, November 13 2013
For some, Robotech was (and is) a multi-generational Japanese animated space opera on par with the ambitious TV sagas like Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica.
Tuesday, November 12 2013
John Carpenter presents Body Bags is Carpenter at his most playful and self-aware, even as his rare performance as an onscreen actor unashamedly apes the Crypt Keeper.
As it turns out, Girl Most Likely has plenty in common with Bridesmaids; that is, sharing that movie's sense of 30-something melancholy, rather than its big comic set pieces.
Monday, November 11 2013
The last episode of Dexter tries to remind us of not only where the monsters come from, but also what can become of them and the people they try to love.
Friday, November 8 2013
In their short but concise oeuvre as co-creators, Bergman and Rossellini explored the subjects of cultural reappropriation, forced displacement, and the effects of war on human relationships.