Monthly Archives: July 2016


Zero Days – 6.5

2016-07-22T22:25:31+00:00July 22nd, 2016|Film Festival, Reviews|

The story is better than the storytelling. How many people do we need to hear saying, "I can't comment," in order to grasp that a virus to destabilize Iran's nuclear program is a state secret, an obvious fact to begin with. Then there is the problem of how to film computer code, which supplies the [...]

Microbe and Gasoline – 5

2016-07-16T21:49:57+00:00July 16th, 2016|Film Festival, Reviews|

A summer piffle - watchable mainly because it was French. Nothing was believable, or terribly charming, if that was the justification. Two young boys on an adventure, but it didn't make us care about them or identify with any of their experiences. How much better was Mud, for example.

The Innocents – 6.8

2016-07-15T04:28:59+00:00July 15th, 2016|Reviews|

For me, this was too much of the same thing. It was beautifully shot - one of those films you remember as black-and-white, even though it was in color, with every other shot framed like a painting, a Vermeer or Hammershoi or Tooker. The lead actress was easy on the eyes, but the nuns all [...]

A Man Afar – 5

2016-07-10T01:23:13+00:00July 10th, 2016|Film Festival, Reviews|

I was left totally blank - which, not coincidentally, was the main character's only expression - by this story of an older dental technician in Caracas who picks up young men for his sexually deviate purposes and doesn't mind being beaten up, rejected and exploited. Then at the end he maybe manipulates his young charge [...]

The Lobster – 7

2016-07-10T01:11:53+00:00July 10th, 2016|Reviews|

Just as art can be abstract or surrealistic as well as realistic, there's no reason a movie can't deviate from realism into an alternate world such as this, where people are not allowed to remain single and if they do not remarry in 45 days will be transformed into an animal of their choice. (Isn't [...]