Tanna

REVIEW: ‘Tanna’ (2015)

Tanna is one of those movies where it appears, though some strange magic, the filmmakers managed to transport a movie camera to a different time and place.  Like The New World, Apolcaypto, or the recent…

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…

Tangerines

REVIEW: ‘Tangerines’ (2015)

We first see Ivo in his workshop, cutting wood, piecing the strips together to make large crates.  We will later learn that these crates are to help his neighbour, Margus, harvest his lucrative crop of…

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. …

NYFF REVIEW: ‘Fill the Void’ (2012)

Grade: B Topicality is a tricky thing when it comes to what films are submitted in the Foreign Language Oscar race. How many films recalling Nazi oppression, or simply the devastation of relevant wars, have…