'Room 237' Sheds Light on the Craziest Interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’s 'The Shining'
Published 10/16/2013 at 11:26 a.m. 0 comments
“I’m gonna make a little bit of a leap here.” Yeah, no kidding. By the time you hear an unseen speaker say those words, you’re well down the rabbit hole that is Room 237 (MPI DVD, Blu-ray, and streaming), a ...
Olivier Assayas and Sofia Coppola Catch the Complicated Moods of Two Very Different Eras
Published 10/2/2013 at 11:21 a.m. 0 comments
A fun experiment that perhaps one could have conducted at some hypothetical groovy multiplex earlier this year: Switch the digital prints on audiences waiting to see Olivier Assayas’ Something in the Air (MPI DVD and streaming) and Sofia Coppola’s The ...
'Breaking Bad': The Most Overrated Show Ever
Published 9/25/2013 at 12:00 p.m. 10 comments
Over the past couple of months, I have watched every single episode of the series, seriously trying to understand what everyone else sees in the show. And I am here to tell you that I think show creator Vince Gilligan ...
Four Directors Focus on the Drama of Brutality, With Mixed Results
Published 9/18/2013 at 3:35 p.m. 0 comments
Canadian director Kim Nguyen’s War Witch begins at the kind of emotional pitch most films never reach—a self-orphaning—and it doesn’t let up, or let down, from there.
'Kon-Tiki' and 'Europa Report' Demonstrate the Perils of Old-School Adventure
Published 9/4/2013 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments
Why do we go to the movies? Well, lots of reasons, but one of the easiest and most common answers involves living other lives, experiencing thrills and dangers unlike the routines of our ordinary lives. In a word: adventure. It ...
Lost in Paradise: Three New Foreign Films Explore the Line Between Fantasy and Reality
Published 8/21/2013 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments
It’s somewhat comforting to think that the country that once gave us Fellini and Antonioni is as obsessed with tawdry reality TV as we are here in multiplex land.
'Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me': A Loving Tribute to one of the World’s Most Influential Yet Unsuccessful Bands
Published 8/7/2013 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments
Big Star did change a lot of people’s heads. And if there’s any justice in the world, Nothing Can Hurt Me will only help that number grow.
Peter Farrelly’s 'Movie 43': The Return (or the End) of the Comedy Anthology?
Published 7/24/2013 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments
What a weird time for the anthology film to be making a comeback.
Claude Lanzmann’s Restored 'Shoah' Gives Voice to the Survivors, Perpetrators, and Collaborators of the Polish Holocaust
Published 7/10/2013 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
This is a history told utterly in the now, on the spot, and related almost entirely by eyewitnesses.
Steven Soderbergh Directs a Surprise Ending in the Revelatory Thriller 'Side Effects'
Published 6/26/2013 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments
You might be forgiven if you didn’t want to sit through 106 minutes of sad, wan Manhattanite Emily (Rooney Mara) struggling with depression. Not that director Steven Soderbergh doesn’t make her story compelling, but his latest film, Side Effects, definitely ...
'Scum' and 'Life Is Sweet' Serve Up Divergent Views of the British Working Class
Published 6/12/2013 at 11:56 a.m. 0 comments
Scum and Life Is Sweet, a pair of older British films out now in new video editions, offer two contrasting and indelible visions of that most endlessly gawkable aspect of British life—its working class.
Haskel Wexler Blurs Fact and Fiction in 'Medium Cool'
Published 5/29/2013 at 12:01 p.m. 2 comments
Intermittently out of circulation since its 1969 debut, Medium Cool returns in a typically luxe new Criterion DVD/Blu-ray edition, and, despite some of its dated aspects, it retains a provocativeness as bright and pungent as a fresh coat of paint.
Shane Carruth's Follows 'Primer' With the Perplexing But Rewarding 'Upstream Color'
Published 5/15/2013 at 12:11 p.m. 0 comments
That Upstream Color even exists represents both a triumph and a rebuke to the mainstream film-production system that couldn’t spring for a work this daring and, for all its polish, most likely inexpensive.
'Repo Man'’s Class Anger Still Seethes Almost 30 Years Later
Published 5/1/2013 at 11:38 a.m. 0 comments
Without putting too much weight or importance behind what a bunch of now-elderly former youths once wanted to express, one of the key things that keeps the spirit of punk alive, or at least on life support, is class anger. ...
Film Critic and Documentarian Mark Cousins Explores a Very Personal 'Story of Film'
Published 4/17/2013 at 11:08 a.m. 0 comments
Most people who’ve been halfway paying attention know the story of film, or at least some version of it. Eadweard Muybridge, Thomas Edison, jerky silents, talkies, glossy Hollywood studios, the New Wave, the ’70s, Star Wars, indies, CGI, something like ...