Posts tagged as: Review

Silence tells the story in “Ida”

Silence tells the story in “Ida”

The alarming precision of nuns singing chromatically descending chants. The hollow, circular depression of earth on the grounds of the convent where a life-size statue of Jesus stands, and where Ida paces restlessly. The hermetic insularity of these images and sounds are what give “Ida” its incisive narrative force. Despite its circular and deceptively simple […]

Drinking Buddies (2013)

Drinking Buddies (2013)

With no end in sight to the glut of autobots and decepticons, board game adaptations and bloated Marvel costume parties passed off as narrative storytelling, Tinseltown could use a little more mumble in its movies.

Black Rock (2013)

Black Rock (2013)

Mark Duplass and Katie Aselton surprised me with “Black Rock,” a lean, formidable thriller about survival and friendship. A husband and wife team, Mr. Duplass wrote the screenplay and Ms. Asleton directed. Mark Duplass is known as the star of goofy but earnest films such as “Safety Not Guaranteed” and “Humpday.” He also shared writing, […]

Why did we watch ‘Amour?’

Why did we watch ‘Amour?’

I am not fluent or even remotely familiar with the French language. But, after watching Michael Haneke’s “Amour” and listening to it play out four more times in the movie theater where I work, I became attuned to repetitive patterns in the dialogue. From merely listening to “Amour,” I learned the French translation for the […]

Sound of My Voice (2012)

Sound of My Voice (2012)

Sometimes, maybe most of the time, ambiguous endings are cop-outs. The crime isn’t in subverting audience expectations—who wants movies without surprises?—but in betraying the stories themselves. Most stories deserve definitive endings, and audiences are rightfully frustrated when they don’t get them. But sometimes the situation is reversed and an ambiguous ending is the only way […]

The Master (2012)

The Master (2012)

Paul Thomas Anderson has a taste for the epic. It was always there, from the sprawling spectacle of “Boogie Nights” (1997) to the experimental spider web narrative of “Magnolia” (1999) and the magnificent fireball of ambition and greed that was “There Will Be Blood” (1997). “The Master,” Anderson’s sixth feature, is epic, but in its own […]

‘Moonrise Kingdom’: the Anderson formula

‘Moonrise Kingdom’: the Anderson formula

When you ask people in the industry what makes a good film, one of the most common answers is ‘a good story’. This is what is missing in most of Wes Anderson’s films. I remember watching other audience members walk out of “The Life Aquatic” early on, just as I was getting my teeth into […]

Le Havre (2011)

Le Havre (2011)

  Aki Kaurismäki is one of those directors whose work is impossible to confuse with anyone else’s. Certainly, his style could be compared to Béla Tarr’s in the somberly staged performance of the actors. The Hungarian master’s work is more stately in its pace, though, with a blanket of chiaroscuro drawn across every frame. Kaurismäki’s […]

DIFF 2012 Reviews: ‘Extraterrestrial,’ ‘Bindlestiffs,’ ‘Quick,’ ‘Robocop’

DIFF 2012 Reviews: ‘Extraterrestrial,’ ‘Bindlestiffs,’ ‘Quick,’ ‘Robocop’

“Extraterrestrial” Director: Nacho Vigalondo Writer: Nacho Vigalondo Starring: Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, Julián Villagrán “Extraterrestrial” is a movie I’ve been excited about for a while, in part because of how it was marketed – the small, almost invisible glimpses of the alien ships in the posters, and the creative viral marketing aspect to it all. […]

Things I Don’t Understand (2011)

Things I Don’t Understand (2011)

Someday, everyone you know won’t exist. Tomorrow doesn’t matter until it’s today. No one makes it through life unscathed, in one way or another. These are just a few of the lessons found in “Things I Don’t Understand,” a small indie rumination with big pretensions. In his follow up to his debut feature “…Around” (2008), […]

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