Friday, December 6 2013
The Coens appear to be back in Barton Fink mode, setting up a straw man whose creative arrogance ensures that he won’t see a moment’s happiness from his work.
Kino-Lorber's release of Nosferatu features some of the best special features of any DVD this year.
Thursday, December 5 2013
Russell's life-changing drunk driving accident, which sends him to prison, is rendered in a slash of harsh sound and illegible wreckage: from now on, you know, his options only dwindle.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
This substantial documentary displays the genre at its most vital: telling a story for a subject incapable of voicing complaint.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
As alter egos go, you couldn't have two more opposite types than the adorable Sven and the relentlessly fierce ice monster.
Cassavetes' aesthetic, both in front of and behind the camera, was less Method immersion than mad (as in gleeful) exploration, skirting the emotional edge without tripping into or wallowing in cathartic excess.
Monday, December 2 2013
A star who lamented the wages of fame for most of her life, Elizabeth Taylor embraced the spotlight in order to raise awareness and money regarding AIDS.
More than anything, this is a portrait of man trying to find peace and a place in post-World War II China.
Wednesday, November 27 2013
Winnie (Naomie Harris) appears as the sign of her husband's sacrifice. Her face is brilliant and transcendent, telling a long and complicated story in a few seconds.
Before a series of showdowns that take some advantage of Jason Statham's physicality, the mayhem builds at a methodical pace.
Proof that the best art can be both timeless and a document of time and place, La Notte observes modern love.
Tuesday, November 26 2013
Her remarkable relationship to the camera is visible in most of the photos and footage of Bettie Page, perhaps especially in those she took with two women photographers.
Monday, November 25 2013
When questions came up as to the toxicity of flame retardants, the three primary manufacturers made their case with faulty studies or deliberate misreadings of studies.
Friday, November 22 2013
Judi Dench's character journeys to America, haunted by the loss of her baby son and traumas at the hands of nuns in the Magdalene Laundries.
The cinematic worlds presented in the Cornetto Trilogy may be ending, but the legendary collaboration of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost lives on in The World's End DVD/Blu-ray set.
Audrey Tautou is too internal an actress to make us feel her character's passionate quest for meaning.
Thursday, November 21 2013
Two documentaries explore the circuitous processes of remembering and forgetting, how these shape both collective and individual experiences.
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?”
Going along is one means of survival in a game where poor folks fight and kill each other to save their district. Their struggles serve as entertainment for the privileged "1%", if you will.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
A Fragile Trust and Patrolman P consider the parsing of stories -- what they can mean, who might be parsing, and what effects both teller and listener might have on them.