Toni Erdmann

REVIEW: ‘Toni Erdmann’ (2016)

Tell me if you’ve heard this one: an uptight business woman focusses solely on her career to the detriment of her personal life.  Even at social and family functions, she is on her phone, putting…

A Man Called Ove

REVIEW: ‘A Man Called Ove’ (2015)

Ove is a crusty old man.  He spends all day policing his neighbourhood: yelling at people driving in restricted zones, yelling at bicycles parked haphazardly, yelling at sales clerks for the logical inconsistencies of the…

From Afar

REVIEW: ‘From Afar’ (2015)

Armando slinks about the bus stop, his expression blank, but his eyes searching, analysing.  He spies his prey: a thin, hairless twink who in England may be referred to as ‘chav,’ or ‘scally’—the only thing…

REVIEW: ‘Julieta’ (2016)

Synopsising a Pedro Almodóvar film is often a fruitless enterprise.  His hallmarks are dense characterisations, and plots as twisty and layered as real life.  I mean, have you ever heard a summary of Bad Education…

Quick Takes - Amour

Quick Takes – 12.20.12

AMOUR (2012) Grade: A- ‖ 1st Viewing One of my favorite scenes in all of cinema occurs in Bob Fosse’s Lenny. Lenny Bruce (played by Dustin Hoffman in one of cinema’s all-time great performances) walks…

Pietà

FOREIGN FILM OSCAR REVIEW: ‘Pietà’ (South Korea)

Grade: C+ It seems to me that Kim Ki-duk generally makes two kinds of films. He directs low-key, spiritually powerful, richly symbolic masterpieces like 3-Iron, The Bow, and especially Spring, Summer Fall, Winter…and Spring, which…

Izlet (A Trip)

FOREIGN FILM OSCAR REVIEW: ‘A Trip’ (Slovenia)

Grade: B- Let’s say I told you I’d just seen a character-driven film about young woman and two twentysomething guys taking a road trip to the beach, in days filled with self-discovery and youthful indiscretion. …

Of the Day – 01.23.12

Read of the Day: The reason why so many good foreign films are ineligible for Academy consideration. [The Hollywood Reporter] News of the Day: The first acquisitions at the Sundance Film Festival included Dustin Lance…

Of the Day – 09.30.11

Read of the Day: An interesting read about the real people behind six famous comedic characters. [Film School Rejects] News of the Day: Bennett Miller's not going to wait another six years for his next…