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Wednesday, March 5 2014

‘The Venture Bros. Season Five’ Is Super Sciencetastic

Not every question is answered, not every cliffhanger makes immediate sense, but after five seasons the creators of The Venture Bros. have earned fan trust enough to keep this the best show on TV.


Social Satire, Italian Style

In Garibaldi's Lovers, Garibaldi, and others from Italy's past, looks on from the afterlife and mourns for the state of his country.


Tuesday, March 4 2014

‘Cutie and the Boxer’ Is an Impossibly Romantic, if Not Always Happy, Love Story

This is an engaging biographical documentary that’s all performance and a romance film that’s filled with endless pain.


‘Free Fall’ Feels Very Familiar

In many ways, Blue is the Warmest Color is everything Free Fall should have been.


Naomi Watts Gives a Worthy Performance in ‘Diana’

If there is but one thing in Diana worth our time, it is watching the extraordinary Naomi Watts as she respectfully portrays Princes Di.


Monday, March 3 2014

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

Come eat from the trashcan of ideology with Slavoj Zizek.


1950s Ireland Appears More Glamorous than Gritty in Crime Drama ‘Quirke’

A lone-wolf pathologist finds himself tackling three murder mysteries whilst trying to resolve issues damaging his personal life.


Friday, February 28 2014

Scenes from the Deadpan Life: Aki Kaurismäki’s ‘La Vie De Boheme’

This deadpan gem betrays a surprising warmth beneath its wry exterior. Simply put, it's one of cinema's richest and most compassionate tragicomedies.


Thursday, February 27 2014

‘Haunter’ Delivers for Ghost Story Inversion

While many horror films are carried by deftly composed cinematography, Haunter benefits from a thoughtful script, with complicated turns that keep the audience guessing.


Tony Leung’s ‘The Grandmaster’ Is Beautifully Alone

Wong Kar Wai’s overkill kung fu epic about Bruce Lee’s teacher doesn’t cohere even as well as his more esoteric work, but its assembled shards make for a brooding, sumptuous experience.


Wednesday, February 26 2014

Ambitious and Ludicrous Satire: ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series’

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman looks more like an Andy Warhol production on cable access than a nationally syndicated Norman Lear sitcom.


Tuesday, February 25 2014

Watching ‘Nebraska’ Is Like Taking a Road Trip Through the Twilight Years

Nebraska is a bittersweet film that will hit you between the eyes if you're like me: middle-aged and in a mood to reflect on where life has taken you and where you will go next.


‘Thor: The Dark World’ Brings the Hammer (and the Enthusiasm) Down

Thor worked due to its surprisingly-effective Shakespearean framework. Thor: The Dark World follows conventional Hollywood tropes and suffers for it.


Monday, February 24 2014

The Metaphysics of Isolation in Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’

Gravity is not just a visual feast in the CGI age; it also interrogates humankind's desire to plant feet on the final frontier by confronting it with its metaphysical implications.


A Little Ominous Noir Music Makes Jules Dassin’s ‘Rifif’ Nearly Perfect

This benchmark of the heist genre shows that for the criminal, elegance and brutality go hand-in-hand, never more vividly depicted than in this tightly structured ode to Paris.


Friday, February 21 2014

‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’ Is an Omnibus Tribute to a Bizarre Array of Comic Talent

Stanley Kramer's widow notes that this movie was made more or less on a dare. Apocryphal or not, the origin makes sense.


Ooh La La, ‘The Prey’ Is a Nail-Biter

The Prey bounces along from one suspense-building setup to the next, erupting in a flurry of running, shooting, driving very fast, and occasionally falling from great heights.


Thursday, February 20 2014

The Sitcom As Ideological Torture

Family Matters is a sterling (and torturous) example of the allegedly “post-racial” America inaugurated by the bourgeois and only mildly Afrocentric triumphs of The Cosby Show.


The Chequered History of Nuns in Film

Guillaume Nicloux's 'The Nun' has a translucent woman at its centre; her face at first a budding rose becomes increasingly drawn and bruised over the course of the film.


Wednesday, February 19 2014

A Queer Reading of Truffaut’s Masterpiece, ‘Jules and Jim’

Jeanne Moreau is a bewitching temptress; but what about the men?


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