NYFF 2018, Part Five: ‘Cold War’, ‘Happy as…

From now through October, Film Misery will be covering the 56th New York Film Festival with regular dispatches on the films screened there. After starting his career with intimate, often claustrophobic relationship dramas, Polish filmmaker…

NYFF 2018, Part Four: ‘Asako I & II’,…

From now through October, Film Misery will be covering the 56th New York Film Festival with regular dispatches on the films screened there. Fireworks spark, eyes meet and two strangers kiss. That's all it takes…

Death Wish

REVIEW: ‘Death Wish’ (2018)

The problem with viewing an Eli Roth film through an ideological lens is that I’ve never been fully convinced of the worth of such a reading.  My scepticism began after the French publication Le Monde…

The Son of Joseph

REVIEW: ‘The Son of Joseph’ (2016)

‘Pretentious’ is a very dangerous word to use in criticism, if only because its true meaning has been systematically diluted.  A general audience tends to use the word to describe any work of art they…

Mudbound

REVIEW: ‘Mudbound’ (2017)

Mudbound tells the story of two families—one black, one white—living on the same parcel of land in 1930s Mississippi.  One son from each family goes off to fight in WWII; when they return, both experience…

The Shape of Water

REVIEW: ‘The Shape of Water’ (2017)

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a Very Strange Film.  It tells a story in the dark fantasy/science fiction realm, one that would fit quite at home in a dime store comic book,…

BPM

REVIEW: ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ (2017)

Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute) starts with a bang.  A group of protesters storm a stage and commandeer the microphone.  This mystifies the speaker, stunned at having so suddenly lost control of his event. …

Princess Cyd

REVIEW: ‘Princess Cyd’ (2017)

At some point during Princess Cyd, I had to admit to myself that I simply wasn’t a fan of its director, Stephen Cone.  Frankly, I hated this realisation about myself.  Cone seems like a nice…

The Disaster Artist

REVIEW: ‘The Disaster Artist’ (2017)

If you’ve never heard of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, I’d love to know how this is possible.  Chances are, it’s playing near you sometime soon; midnight showings happen in my city on a bi-monthly basis. …

The Square

REVIEW: ‘The Square’ (2017)

‘The Square is the most divisive film of the year!’  There: I’ve provided a nice blurb for anyone who wants it about Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning film.  But the blurb may not mean exactly what…