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Wednesday, March 12 2014

There Is No Firm Ground Upon Which to Stand in ‘Terraferma’

Emanuele Crialese is a master at conveying mesmerizing images which contrast how the horrors of social injustice become almost invisible when set against exotic locales.


‘Iron Sky’. Nazis on the Moon. Any Questions?

The Nazi base is shaped like a swastika; the little Nazi moon children grow up indoctrinated' the astronaut who discovers them is black. For God’s sake, this shit writes itself.


Tuesday, March 11 2014

There’s Uncompromising Orneriness ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

Llewyn doesn't look like a nice guy: he specializes in unsmiling bumbling coupled with prickly stubbornness. Yet he becomes oddly endearing, oddly fast.


What Drives the Brave Journalists in ‘Reportero’?

Reportero is a must-see documentary that forcefully demonstrates the importance of the press.


An American Basketballer in Iran

The Iran Job follows a season in the life of Kevin Sheppard and offers a window into daily life in Iran.


Monday, March 10 2014

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Is That Rare Sequel That Surpasses the Original

Satisfyingly faithful to the book and in turn, exciting and disturbing all at once, the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy manages to pick up where the terrific first movie left off and run full steam ahead with the larger story.


“Fantastic Mr. Fox’ is One Cussin’ Fantastic Film

Like Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson seems to have a twisted desire to expose the fallacies of adulthood through the innocent yet knowing eyes of children.


Roger Michell’s Homage to Godard Leaves Its Characters Literally Breathless

Roger Michell and Hanif Kureishi reunite in Le Week-End, a surprisingly uncompromising portrait of a long, restless marriage.


Friday, March 7 2014

‘The Long Day Closes’ Recollects Memory and Childhood in Constant Motion

One of cinema's most resonant and timeless works, Terence Davies's second film recreates childhood dreams and memories within which any viewer can situate themselves.


Thursday, March 6 2014

Why Would Criterion Want Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Foreign Correspondent’ in Its Collection?

Yes, this is perhaps one of the most efficient entries in the Hitchcockian subgenre of “every-man trapped in an extraordinary situation”, but he would go on to direct much better films.


Take Away Its Passport, a Zombie Is Still a Zombie

Before you can say, “Man, can’t those former Soviet Bloc republics do anything right?” Code Red gets a whole lot of zombie mayhem going on.


Wednesday, March 5 2014

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.


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.


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.


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