The premise of Good Luck to You, Leo Grande may sound crass but it’s actually an exquisite examination of relationship dynamics through clever wordplay.
Abi Damaris Corbin’s thriller
Jesse Eisenberg’s debut comedy-drama, When You Finish Saving the World delivers cringes and finds trembling humanity within its narcissistic characters.
Wes Anderson’s intellectualization of high art in middlebrow presentation is rife with Brechtian flair and a Clintonite understanding of upper-middle-class politics.
Tsui Hark’s Once Upon a Time in China films resonated strongly with Hong Kong citizens worried about the imminent handover of the country to mainland China.
Fellini’s fable about an innocent clown roaming postwar Italy with an abusive strongman, La Strada, has the romance of his later epics but a more potent sense of tragedy.
A culture that digs the surface level in art is understandable. But a culture that prizes schtick and stunt and a pretty face over substance is problematic.
Alonso Ruizpalacios’ sort of documentary, ‘A Cop Movie’ (Una película de policías), takes on the challenge of presenting what real-life policing looks like.