This week’s Quick Takes feature G Clark’s hyper-intelligent musings on Apatow’s latest flick, an undervalued Altman, and an overlooked silent classic.
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A slow, restrained journey, Cristian Mungiu’s ‘Beyond the Hills’ builds to an intense but philosophical conclusion, contrasting religious life with a secular worldview.
Erik Carlson’s ‘Transatlantic Coffee’ is indie cinema with a European flair, avoiding tiresome mumblecore twee.
G Clark finally saw enough good films in 2012 to flesh out a top ten!
G Clark’s Quick Takes size up ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘The Impossible,’ ‘Compliance,’ ‘Footnote,’ and an Oscar-eligible Animated film from France.
‘The Color Wheel’ follows a pair of insufferable, self-absorbed siblings who don’t grow, change, or interest the viewer throughout the film’s running time.
‘Argo,’ ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘Les Misérables,’ and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ each nab Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations.
G Clark offers Quick Takes on ‘Amour,’ ‘Barbara,’ ‘On the Road,’ ‘Sister Peach,’ a classic horror film, and a recent Adrien Brody trainwreck.
Kim Ki-duk’s Golden Lion-winning ‘Pietà’ is a violent, relentless film about a sociopath, too concerned with shocking its audience to be truly effective.
A brilliant combination of Shakespeare, documentary, and theatre, ‘Caesar Must Die’ is a bewitching experience—a film you absolutely cannot afford to miss.
G Clark examines work from five of the most important female directors in history.
This week’s DVD and Blu-Ray releases include offerings from Criterion, Warner Bros, Ghibli, some über-amusing horror flicks, and ALL THE TARANTINO.
Though Paolo Sorrentino’s English-language debut meanders around its plot, Sean Penn creates an unforgettable cinematic character in ‘This Must Be the Place.’
Marcel Carné’s ‘Children of Paradise’ shows how magical and enveloping film can be by immersing us in the rhythms and quirks of the theatre and its actors.
G Clark takes a look at 2012 releases ‘Ruby Sparks’ and ‘Skyfall’—and revisits a Hitchcock classic in this week’s Quick Takes.
Stanley Kubrick’s sophomore effort, Killer’s Kiss, isn’t on par with his later work, but is still a clear indicator of the master director’s ensuing genius.
The Intouchables is standard, unremarkable, crowd-pandering fare—almost certain to be on the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film.
Cannibal Vegetarian is a graphic, realistic portrayal of an amoral villain—but worth the time of those who brave its horrors.
G Clark reviews ‘Seven Psychopaths,’ ‘The Midnight Meat Train,’ ‘The White Bus’—plus one unforgivable clunker in this week’s ‘Quick Takes’ column.
Switzerland’s latest Best Foreign Film Oscar entry, Sister, provides a realistic, sometimes devastating window into the life of a pair of have-nots in modern Switzerland.