Monthly Archives: March 2014


The Past – 7.9

2014-03-24T00:17:38+00:00March 24th, 2014|Reviews|

Among the things we don't know: why Celine tried to kill herself; why Marie didn't book a hotel for Ahmad; why Naimi lied to Lucie; why Marie is marrying Samir; why Ahmad left Marie; and, in the final shot, whether Celine is brain dead and whether Samir wants her to be. For each question, director [...]

The Wind Rises – 7.9

2014-03-19T21:06:03+00:00March 19th, 2014|Reviews|

A fascinating look from a Japanese point of view at the engineer responsible for Japan's World War II airplanes. The view was ambivalent: Jiro was following his dream and didn't seem concerned about where it led. The movie was matter-of-fact, acknowledging the disaster of the war, but not judgmental. The view was also sheer artistry: [...]

Omar – 8.2

2014-03-02T02:42:35+00:00March 2nd, 2014|Reviews|

This was a gritty, heart-stopping thriller, with twists and turns to the very end. It portrayed the harsh conditions Palestinians suffer under Israeli occupation, but that was the context of the movie, not its point. Whom can you trust, is all really fair in love and war, how far does friendship go - these were [...]

August: Osage County – 8

2014-03-02T02:30:37+00:00March 2nd, 2014|Reviews|

If Nebraska was bleak, the Oklahoma of Osage County was bleaker, and hotter and the family more dysfunctional and meaner, in a deep, searing way. The film read as a play transported to the screen, not least because of the haunting echoes of the great American playwrights - O'Neill, Williams, Albee. Every line and every [...]

Gloria – 5

2014-03-02T02:15:18+00:00March 2nd, 2014|Reviews|

1:45 was a long time to wait for Umberto Tozzi's rendition of our favorite dance song. It was a thrilling moment to see Gloria shed her glasses and let loose to her eponymous tune, but there wasn't much of interest that came before. She had a very pleasant smile and was good company and her [...]