Cold War – 6.5

Filmed in bleak-and-white, Cold War tells the oft-told tale of a man driven by lust who gives us his career, his country, and ultimately his life enslaved by his infatuation. She does little to merit his [...]

February 21st, 2019|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Top Ten 2018

Just in time for Oscar voting, I list my favorite films of 2018. As I grow older, I find I rate films less on artistic merit or innovation or cultural relevance and more on the [...]

February 21st, 2019|Categories: Essays, Reviews|0 Comments

Capernaum – 8

A tremendously powerful film about a 12-year-old street urchin in Lebanon who alternately games the system and is thwarted by it. The depiction of Arab street life might be hard to take for the unfamiliar [...]

February 18th, 2019|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

NY Times Critics

It would be good to know that a certain critic’s taste coincided with your own, especially if that critic were on The New York Times, which is my primary source of movie information. One easy [...]

January 9th, 2019|Categories: Essays|0 Comments

Vice – 7.8

Watching this, I was two-thirds ashamed to be an American, with our recent history running from Richard Nixon through the phony justifications of the Iraq invasion, but one-third proud to live in a culture that [...]

January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Shoplifters – 8

A meditation on family, Shoplifters also hits home as a reflection on what counts as progress in Japanese society since Yasujiro Ozu's very similar films in the 1950s. Most obvious is the style of filmmaker [...]

January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Vox Pop – 3.5

The opening ten minutes was a bracingly, convincingly staged school shooting and aftermath that gave me hope for an original, relevant film. The pre-Natalie Portman Celeste character then sings her original song in response to [...]

December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

The Favourite – 7

A hysterical drama of little historical import, featuring lush scenery, gorgeous costumes and three actors at the top of their games: Emma Stone, Olivia Coleman and Rachel Weisz. Unfortunately, the characters they play aren't very [...]

December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Widows – 5

Better than Ocean's Eight, but not by much, this female heist movie had improbabilities piled on implausibilities, with enough loose threads to make a mitten. Viola Davis and Liam Neeson seemed an unlikely pair from [...]

December 18th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments

Green Book – 8

The "feel-good" movie of the year, with scene after scene of the good guys standing up to the bigots, one great song after another filling the soundtrack, and an almost entire cast of characters the [...]

December 7th, 2018|Categories: Reviews|0 Comments