Friday, February 7 2014
There’s little to discover in Paolo Sorrentino’s satiric vision of Rome, except perhaps, that some cities just look better than others while entertaining themselves to hell.
The girls, being 14, are in a kind of perpetual motion, and as they run through city streets or open fields, the camera pans along at a short distance to show sunlight and trees, or sometimes follows directly, just over Eka's shoulder.
The men here, much like the men in '40s movies, embody traditional values and emotional touchstones during their episodic travels, their shared moments heroic and comedic, sentimental and honorable.
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.
Wednesday, February 5 2014
Thanks for Sharing doesn't dissect its protagonists and explore the complexity of their addictive personalities. So why should we care?
For fans of '50s sci-fi silliness, the dinosaur may grab your attention, but that other movie is the better one.
Tuesday, February 4 2014
Tim's Vermeer asks you to reconsider what artists do, and how that very question becomes a measure of the cultures they reflect and produce.
Dallas Buyers Club works because it doesn't over-sentimentalize its subject, and for that reason alone, it has quite the emotional impact.
Anne Fontaine seems merely satisfied with having her movie linger between scandal and hedonism.
Monday, February 3 2014
Both Hail Mary and For Ever Mozart present us with Godard at the peak of his powers as a provocateur and a master of the medium.
Friday, January 31 2014
On the street, just outside your door, you see hustling, shooting, and selling drugs.
Thursday, January 30 2014
Ender's Game asks a lot of the audience in the areas of suspension of disbelief and character development, but when the film delivers, it can be satisfying.
If Superbad and The World's End had a lovechild raised by H.G. Wells and Leatherface, it would be the emotionally charged Plus One.
Wednesday, January 29 2014
Charlie Victor Romeo conjures a delicate balance of anxiety and inevitability amid terrifying chaos.
Tequan Richmond gives a chilling and authentic performance, with all the tenderness of youth, and all the brutality that resides in the darkest corners of the mind.
The IFC Series Bullet in the Face is nothing if not intentionally surreal, but does "surreal" always work?
Jack Lemmon is the middle-class, middle-American, totally befuddled Everyman in The April Fools and The War Between Men and Women.
Tuesday, January 28 2014
WikiLeaks and Julian Assange changed our world. Yet the story put on film, The Fifth Estate, is not nearly controversial enough.
Michael Polish's adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel is a perfect example of how a flowing, Beat classic can be transcribed to the screen with its spirit intact.