The Florida Project

REVIEW: ‘The Florida Project’ (2017)

The Florida Project, the latest anti-movie from the unfairly-lauded indie director Sean Baker, finds Willem Dafoe as the manager of an unwieldy, purple motel, populated by the economically disadvantaged.  (You know, the sorts of people who…

Lady Bird

REVIEW: ‘Lady Bird’ (2017)

I’ll admit that I wasn’t exactly waiting for Lady Bird with bated breath.  You couldn’t quite describe me as the world’s biggest Greta Gerwig fan; I’ve seen her in about a dozen or so acting…

The Assignment

REVIEW: ‘The Assignment’ (2017)

The Assignment would be completely indefensible if it tried to be anything other than what it is.  It has no delusions that it’s about anything important; there are no deep themes, it doesn’t mine complex…

song to song

REVIEW: ‘Song to Song’ (2017)

Song to Song took me on quite the roller coaster.  I went from bewilderment, to thinking it was fantastic, to being sure it was Terrence Malick’s worst film, to being lulled into a trippy hypnosis,…

Angel's Egg

BLIND SPOT: ‘Angel’s Egg’ (1985)

from the dawn of cinema filmmakers were storytellers find a good story develop interesting characters entertain the audience profit this went on —classic hollywood— for a while (well really it never stopped now its find…

Ghost in the Shell

REVIEW: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (2017)

What makes you you?  Is it your memories—the pictures, feelings, and snippets of sound you associate with your past?  Or your mind maybe, the way you analyse, process, and interpret your environment?  Since no one…

In the Basement

REVIEW: ‘In the Basement’ (2015)

[caption id="attachment_28902" align="alignright" width="283"] Honestly, this is the most tasteful and least offensive version of the movie's poster I could find. Don't read this review at work![/caption] What the hell is wrong with Ulrich Seidl?  I…

Life

REVIEW: ‘Life’ (2017)

Life is a movie pieced together using plot strands and character sketches from other science fiction movies.  Maybe this shouldn’t be such a surprise; after all, the title is as generic as the content.  ‘Life.’ …

Hungry Hearts

REVIEW: ‘Hungry Hearts’ (2015)

You gotta see Hungry Hearts to believe it.  I don’t even know how to start describing the style of this movie… imagine that Blue is the Warmest Colour and The King’s Speech had a baby,…

The Way He Looks

REVIEW: ‘The Way He Looks’ (2014)

The Way He Looks is a coming of age story without the coming, a bildungsroman with a bit too much dung.  It’s got a great setup and some interesting characters, but proves, ultimately, to be…

Sand Storm

REVIEW: ‘Sand Storm’ (2016)

Sand Storm, the debut film from Elite Zexer, comes to the United States with a pedigree of sorts.  It is the first all-Arabic language film to win Israel’s Ophir Award for Best Picture.1  As all…

Kong Skull Island

REVIEW: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (2017)

Kong: Skull Island is a crushing disappointment, a film so slipshod, so ill-conceived at nearly every level of filmmaking, it almost seems like a personal affront to those who value entertainment.  Here is a film…

Split

REVIEW: ‘Split’ (2017)

Before we even deal with Split, let’s all just acknowledge that whatever opinion we have about M Night Shyamalan has probably calcified by now.  For me, The Sixth Sense was an interesting curio with little…

The Salesman

REVIEW: ‘The Salesman’ (2016)

این چیزی است که مانند چیزهای دیگر نه You know what I love about Asghar Farhadi films?  They’re all awake.  So many films just seem content with presenting identikit characters sleepwalking through worn, familiar plots. …

20th century women

REVIEW: ‘20th Century Women’ (2016)

What happened to Mike Mills?  Seriously.  I must know.  Should I blame his marriage to  Miranda July?  Actually, this would be a shame, because I quite like both of July’s films.  But something awful has…

Live by Night

REVIEW: ‘Live by Night’ (2016)

You know, I kinda thought expectations for Live by Night would be pretty high.  Ben Affleck’s last film as a director, Argo, won the Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as the top award…

Logan

REVIEW: ‘Logan’ (2017)

Yes, Logan is a Marvel movie.  Yes, I saw it.  As it, like Deadpool, is not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I feel completely at peace with my decision.  I’m not 100% sure…