Author: Chris Cabin

Paranoid Park

Paranoid Park

A whole new sort of entry into his ongoing homage to the city of Portland, Oregon, Gus Van Sant's boundlessly-brilliant Paranoid Park returns him to the hallways that he last visited in 2003's haunting post-Columbine...

Movie Review posted on 20th July 2010

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

Early into Stephen Kijak's fascinating documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, the obscure crooner talks about his tragic attempts at cinephilia in his early days as a musician. Arriving in England and later Scandinavia, the...

Movie Review posted on 11th June 2009

Moon

Moon

Sam Rockwell plays, ostensibly, the only character in Moon, the debut film from Duncan Jones. His role is that of Sam Bell, a meager laborer at an energy-mining colony on the moon who, lonesome and...

Movie Review posted on 11th June 2009

Dead Snow

Dead Snow

The first stateside-released film by Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola is cursed by concept in the way Donkey Punch was cursed by its title. Lesbian vampires and cave-dwelling, sperm-proxy demons are all well and good, but...

Movie Review posted on 11th June 2009

Last Year at Marienbad

Last Year at Marienbad

Upon its release in France, Alain Resnais' Last Year in Marienbad caused the streets surrounding local cinemas to be crowded by intellectuals, college students, and nouvelle vague die-hards. In the US, it posited itself in...

Movie Review posted on 10th June 2009

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

An archeological specimen from nearly two decades before the advent of the Metrocard, Joseph Sargent's expert thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, like brethren Serpico and The French Connection, is another quintessential 1970s...

Movie Review posted on 9th June 2009

The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich's seminal The Last Picture Show is a world where the parental figures are never the real parents and almost everyone in plain view is still in some way a kid, regardless of the...

Movie Review posted on 8th June 2009

Le Combat Dans L'île

Le Combat Dans L'île

Hemorrhaging lost masterpieces as if it were a newly uncovered bounty of Nazi gold, the 1960s go one more with Alain Cavalier's magnificent Le Combat Dans L'île, literally translated as "The Combat on the Island."...

Movie Review posted on 5th June 2009

Dark Mirror

Dark Mirror

For his debut feature-length Dark Mirror, the 35-year-old director Pablo Proenza has attempted to turn his heroine's fascination with light and angles -- she is a photographer and stay-at-home mother -- into his visual aesthetic....

Movie Review posted on 4th June 2009

Away We Go

Away We Go

The fifth film by British theater director Sam Mendes, Away We Go, is the most unkempt movie the director has made so far in his career. It was made while he was still in post-production...

Movie Review posted on 4th June 2009

À L'aventure

À L'aventure

À l'aventure, the latest erotic film from France's most lurid enfant terrible Jean-Claude Brisseau, is yet another film meant to be divisive and which I find myself on the fence about. The director's obsessions are...

Movie Review posted on 4th June 2009

24 City

24 City

Perhaps I just have to say it plainly: Jia Zhang-ke is the most original and hyper-modern filmmaker currently at work in the foreign film industry. He is certainly the most perceptive and important director out...

Movie Review posted on 4th June 2009

Unmistaken Child

Unmistaken Child

The new documentary Unmistaken Child, written and directed by first-time director Nati Baratz, takes the search for the returning spirit of the recently passed Geshe Lama Konchong, a praised Rinpoche Lama, as high drama. It...

Movie Review posted on 2nd June 2009

Three Days of the Condor

Three Days of the Condor

In Sydney Pollack's strange spy thriller Three Days of the Condor, Robert Redford plays a playful and somewhat geeky analyst for the C.I.A. He spends his days reading books, journals, and any manner of written...

Movie Review posted on 1st June 2009

I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar

I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar

The films of Philippe Garrel seem to be the realization of Euripides' great summation that "He is not a lover who does not love forever." Perhaps "he" is outdated; for Garrel's sect, a solid he/she...

Movie Review posted on 31st May 2009

Food, Inc.

Food, Inc.

Though not all that remarkable nor exceptional as far as documentary filmmaking goes, Food, Inc., the new work by Two Days in October helmer Robert Kenner, is nonetheless something I feel would benefit any viewer...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2009

The Chaser

The Chaser

Already slated for a Warner Bros. remake scripted by The Departed scribe William Monahan, Na Hong-jin's forceful debut The Chaser continues South Korea's recent trend of cliché-obliterating genre hybrids, walking in similar footsteps as Bong...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2009

Frontier of Dawn

Frontier of Dawn

In Frontier of Dawn, Philippe Garrel's transfixing follow-up to Regular Lovers, love means being obsessed and obsession is a form of love. At least that's the idea you get from watching how it chronicles a...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2009

Munyurangabo

Munyurangabo

Two friends walk down the road of their village, arms draped around each other. They are young and angular and look similar with the noticeable exception of their clothing: One is dressed in a dirty,...

Movie Review posted on 28th May 2009

Departures

Departures

Yôjirô Takita's Departures has come under siege since its startling upset at the 81st Academy Awards, beating out critical favorites The Class and Waltz with Bashir to win best foreign film. Such a blow to...

Movie Review posted on 28th May 2009

Grumpy Old Men

Grumpy Old Men

Grumpy Old Men, directed with general disinterest by Donald Petrie, is 100 minutes of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon pulling pranks, calling each other names, complaining and falling in love with Ann-Margret. I am suitably...

Movie Review posted on 28th May 2009

Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert helmer Stephan Elliott has translated Noël Coward's Easy Virtue, a breezy and witty take on the post-war British upper class, into a sort of gussied-up comedy of manners that falls...

Movie Review posted on 22nd May 2009

The Girlfriend Experience

The Girlfriend Experience

As modern American directors go, few are as stylistically quicksilver and urgent as Steven Soderbergh. With the notable exception of his Ocean's trilogy, the director has never fully embraced any one particular style, though he...

Movie Review posted on 21st May 2009

Summer Hours

Summer Hours

Summer Hours, the extraordinary new film by Olivier Assayas, opens on a group of kids, running and laughing around the front lawn of their grandmother's bucolic countryside manor. Their game is aimless, incorporating elements of...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2009

Jerichow

Jerichow

Unable to spare a few extra bucks for a bottle of liquor and a pack of cigarettes, Thomas (Benno Fürmann) is heading home with the bare essentials in groceries when he witnesses a car swerving...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2009

Anaglyph Tom (Tom With Puffy Cheeks)

Anaglyph Tom (Tom With Puffy Cheeks)

On the 40th anniversary of his eponymous experimental diddy Tom, Tom The Piper's Son, and a year after his major-label debut as an actor in his son's modest yet formidable Momma's Man, New York avant-garde...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2009

Bad Lieutenant

Bad Lieutenant

On radio station WFAN, a man named "Mad Dog" unwaveringly defends his beloved Mets, who are down three games against the Dodgers in the series, to a battalion of cynical and hopeless New Yorkers. Somewhere...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2009

The Education of Charlie Banks

The Education of Charlie Banks

First of all, no, that's not a typo: Limp Bizkit stuff-breaker Fred Durst has turned in his backwards red baseball cap and microphone for some nice suits and a DGA card.Strangely, however, Durst's career has...

Movie Review posted on 13th May 2009

Wise Blood

Wise Blood

John Huston's Wise Blood isn't bold-faced Americana. Rather, it is an alien planet of such thick perversity and everyday grotesqueries that one has to take pause and consider how close Mr. Huston's dystopia is to...

Movie Review posted on 13th May 2009

Rudo y Cursi

Rudo y Cursi

Already a massive hit in its home country of Mexico, Carlos Cuarón's Rudo y Cursi is a film about doomed half-brothers, made by exceedingly successful siblings.The director is the younger sibling of Alfonso Cuarón, director...

Movie Review posted on 7th May 2009

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