Friday, March 21 2014
It's the discovery of the limits of what you can know that makes Panh's The Missing Pictures (L'image manquante) so affecting, so devastating. You see. And yet you cannot see.
Blood Ties cannot repeat the past, contrary to Jay Gatsby's hopeful assertion. It's less like the '70s than a facsimile of Lumet-style '70s cinema.
This unauthorized documentary offers a unique look at one of Eric Clapton's most fertile eras, but is light on the words of Clapton himself.
Thursday, March 20 2014
In this film, as in the others like it, the drapery might seem new and exciting, but the house remains remarkably unchanged.
In Fear is moderately successful in illustrating the randomness of violence.
Wednesday, March 19 2014
Tess is the rare film that feels like a painting come to life, and just like a painting, allows us to see precisely what we wish to see.
Tuesday, March 18 2014
Nymph()maniac: Vol. I is conscious of its own storytelling, as Seligman listens intently to Joe's self-narration and we watch what she remembers.
Naked As We Came doesn’t stand up well to naked intensity in any real form.
The unlikely team of Jason Statham, James Franco and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone gives us Homefront, a mediocre action flick that’s way less fun than it should be.
Monday, March 17 2014
Thief, like the best crime films, forces the viewer to rethink traditional conceptions of criminality.
Twice Born takes what has the potential to be an engrossing cinematic backdrop—the horrific Bosnian War—and turns it into cheap sentiment.
Friday, March 14 2014
The story repeatedly takes a backseat to the style. Anderson is meticulous with his details and creates a candy-colored world within which to situate his whimsy.
Veronica Mars is a movie based on the beloved TV show that's about TV shows as much as it's about anything else.
Le Week-End seems like one of those brutal marriage retreat experiences, where couples are locked in their hotel rooms and directed to talk and write to each other for three days straight about what's bothering them.
This new 10th anniversary Blu-ray offers a pair of new interesting bonus features that have new perspectives on the film.
Thursday, March 13 2014
Particle Fever tells a fascinating, intangible, vastly complex story of what it means to discover the Higgs boson, specifically, what it means for a fascinating, emotional, wholly appealing assembly of scientists.
Russian transcendental filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s expansive tapestries define meditativeness.
Wednesday, March 12 2014
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.
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
Four looks at loneliness as abstraction and as experience, over the course of a day devoted to another sort of abstraction, independence.