Friday, March 7 2014
Throughout this couple's arguments and despairs, the film's tautological systemology hums along, allowing the viewer to see its many recurrent tropes through their eyes.
Mr. Peabody is awesome, you see right away, and his decision to adopt the abandoned infant Sherman seems a sweet and righteous extension of his wonderfulness.
Bethlehem asks, Whose sins need to be redeemed? Who will be the sacrificial lamb? And who will be committing the sacrifice?
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
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.
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
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
The Road to Fame reveals the connections between past and present, between the two generations shaped by China's one child policy -- and their desire for fame.
This is an engaging biographical documentary that’s all performance and a romance film that’s filled with endless pain.
In many ways, Blue is the Warmest Color is everything Free Fall should have been.
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
Come eat from the trashcan of ideology with Slavoj Zizek.
The Juvenile Justice System remains wrong in its conception of zero tolerance. Lives are being destroyed.
Friday, February 28 2014
The best idea in Non-Stop is the plane. The space is tight and the camera is close -- especially close on Bill's (Liam Neeson) face.
"Over and over" is a good way to sum up The Bag Man, a movie that runs perilously close to two hours, and uses most of its bad ideas at least twice.
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.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
On that particular long day, the musicians were surprised and glad to see each other, recognizing in each other a fraternity that didn't see much daylight, that "lived hard".
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.