Monthly Archives: November 2013


12 Years a Slave – 8

2013-11-15T06:39:57+00:00November 15th, 2013|Reviews|

Potent, powerful, punishing - it is hard to imagine a film that could better capture the human misery of slavery in America. Everyone acts their appointed role in this tableau, although I didn't quite understand what Brad Pitt was doing on the scene. Once the black man is considered chattel, rather than humanity, all else [...]

Blue is the Warmest Color – 8

2013-11-15T06:23:57+00:00November 15th, 2013|Reviews|

Swann in Love is a minutely detailed account of a love affair, focusing entirely on Swann's feelings, day by day, every moment of longing, pleasure, and above all, jealousy. Nothing really happens; there is no climax or denouement; it is just a portrait, of Swann in love, and how that love affects and changes him. [...]

Skipping the Festival

2013-11-04T00:48:35+00:00November 4th, 2013|Film Festival|

After five years of faithful attendance at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival I am prepared to let it pass me by this year. Part of the reason is the lackluster quality of the films I have seen the last two years. For several years, festival entries dotted, and even topped, my Top Ten lists; [...]

Counselor – 5

2013-11-01T03:55:53+00:00November 1st, 2013|Reviews|

I felt I was wallowing in a Vogue feature, every shot was oh-so-glamorous - and just as artificial. Nothing in the story computed, however. The "Counselor" was a cipher: there was no clue why Penelope Cruz loved him, why Javier Bardem or Brad Pitt befriended him, what he was doing in the movie or where [...]