Friday, February 28 2014
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
While many horror films are carried by deftly composed cinematography, Haunter benefits from a thoughtful script, with complicated turns that keep the audience guessing.
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.
Tuesday, February 25 2014
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 worked due to its surprisingly-effective Shakespearean framework. Thor: The Dark World follows conventional Hollywood tropes and suffers for it.
Monday, February 24 2014
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.
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
Stanley Kramer's widow notes that this movie was made more or less on a dare. Apocryphal or not, the origin makes sense.
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
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
Jeanne Moreau is a bewitching temptress; but what about the men?
Battle of the Damned is almost incredibly fun, but winds up as bad as you anticipated.
Tuesday, February 18 2014
Darkman, the darkest hero (an amalgam or classic horror monsters) versus the criminal underworld... in broad daylight.
Friday, February 14 2014
This is a drama of two families brought together by death and the resulting stories that splinter off from that singular event.
Thursday, February 13 2014
Most of A Single Shot is an almost fetishistic look at life in this small, broken down town.
Wednesday, February 12 2014
This wonderful HD restoration of Universal's horror classic reiterates the brilliance of Lon Chaney's grotesque creation.
Tuesday, February 11 2014
Horror fans need to pick this one up, even if the '80s seems like a black hole of bad sequels and a morass of bad ideas.
Monday, February 10 2014
In terms of historical importance and pure cinematic thrills, Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project will be practically impossible to surpass.
Friday, February 7 2014
The history of the modular synthesizer is one that involves competing origins, unwieldy equipment, aesthetic disputes, and the whims of business and art.
Thursday, February 6 2014
Tennessee Williams sent his Blanche du Bois into the abyss, Woody Allen sends his Jasmine to the magical world where she always longed to be.