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Dans Paris

Dans Paris

Can we take a moment and talk about Romaine Duris? Not to stray away from the subject of film, but where did this guy come from? The first time I saw him was in a...

Movie Review posted on 8th August 2007

The Ten

The Ten

In a sane, level-headed and clear-eyed world, early '90s sketch group The State (also a TV show) would still be practicing their ambitious and absurd brand of screwball comedy. Sadly, Scooter Libby gets fresh air...

Movie Review posted on 3rd August 2007

Colossal Youth

Colossal Youth

There's no getting around this: Pedro Costa's Colossal Youth couldn't be more difficult to comprehend, discuss, or stay awake through. And at the same time, there hasn't been a film like this in years, one...

Movie Review posted on 3rd August 2007

This is England

This is England

If Shane Meadows faltered with his vigilante drama Dead Man's Shoes, he makes up for it with room to spare in his latest, This is England. Evoking England in the early 1980s down to the...

Movie Review posted on 27th July 2007

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

We were barely getting over 300, and now this: a movie about two straight firemen who pretend to be gay to ensure that one's life insurance policy won't go to spit if he should die....

Movie Review posted on 20th July 2007

Goya's Ghosts

Goya's Ghosts

There are always clear-cut signs: a solid cast with no buzz, a good director but no release date, a topical film with a PR campaign that could best be described as non-existent. To say nothing...

Movie Review posted on 20th July 2007

Captivity

Captivity

Strapped to a rusty medical chair, Elisha Cuthbert's performance in Roland Joffe's Captivity doesn't work as either performance piece or dramatic bling. Cuthbert gets the Versace knocked out of her while being mentally tortured like...

Movie Review posted on 13th July 2007

Joshua (2007)

Joshua (2007)

Shot in wide-angled lens, the apartment in which the Cairn family resides could be any market-trading, publisher-dictating, money-horny Manhattanite's family bungalow. The rooms have respectably high ceilings, there's space for a big ol' piano, and...

Movie Review posted on 6th July 2007

Vitus

Vitus

Fredi M. Murer's Vitus may not be a fairy tale, as Murer himself is so quick to point out, but it certainly has the feel of childhood fantasy. Unlike most films about childhood told through...

Movie Review posted on 29th June 2007

You Kill Me

You Kill Me

Ben Kingsley can do just about anything, and that's basically why he is able to walk the tightrope he does. As popular and talented as Kingsley is, he also has an unmistakable air of anonymity....

Movie Review posted on 22nd June 2007

SiCKO

SiCKO

Paul Arthur recently wrote about the idea of "aesthetic ethics" in relation to documentary filmmaking in an issue of Film Comment. Arthur's argument was that aesthetic ethics are part of the visual landscape in documentary...

Movie Review posted on 22nd June 2007

Longing

Longing

After the (roughly) 7 million films concerning male unfaithfulness that were put out in the last decade, a film like Valeska Grisebach's Longing shouldn't be as effective as it is. It's not new in even...

Movie Review posted on 22nd June 2007

Evan Almighty

Evan Almighty

In hindsight, Bruce Almighty was the death knell for the Jim Carrey we know and love. This isn't completely a bad thing: Rurning away from manic comedy allowed Carrey to do the best acting of...

Movie Review posted on 22nd June 2007

Black Sheep

Black Sheep

You count them to put you to sleep and you broil them to munch on after a lazy church Sunday. They get sheared to make quite a bit of your clothes and are fluffy and...

Movie Review posted on 22nd June 2007

Lights in the Dusk

Lights in the Dusk

Like the fast food joints scattered in its minimal landscape, Aki Kaurismaki's Lights in the Dusk owes a small debt to American culture. A neo-noir in setup and structure, Kaurismaki's latest, the closer for his...

Movie Review posted on 13th June 2007

Pierrepoint

Pierrepoint

Also known as The Last Hangman, director Adrian Shergold's film about the most famous executioner in England during the World War II war crimes trials and hangings follows the long lineage of English droll drama....

Movie Review posted on 8th June 2007

La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose

The fact that Olivier Dahan's lengthy retread into the life of French chanteuse Edith Piaf has subtitles shouldn't distract you from what's going on. La Vie En Rose, though more stylish in a half-assed, Jeunet-aping...

Movie Review posted on 8th June 2007

Hostel: Part II

Hostel: Part II

Let's lay the cards on the table: Hostel, to me, was one of the coldest, most blindly-conceived horror films to get released in years, basically acting as torture porn rather than an actual film. So,...

Movie Review posted on 8th June 2007

12:08 East Of Bucharest

12:08 East Of Bucharest

Far more levelheaded than the Romanian Rashomon that some reviewers have peddled it as, Corneliu Porumboiu's striking 12:08 East of Bucharest seems to be the only film from Cannes 2006 that was justly awarded. In...

Movie Review posted on 8th June 2007

Knocked Up

Knocked Up

What separates the films and television series of Judd Apatow from the rom-com epidemic (I feel that term is fair) is a singular word: growth. Apatow's works spend time with their characters, main and supporting,...

Movie Review posted on 1st June 2007

Paprika

Paprika

Like a KB Toys that stacks Kierkegaard and Jung next to the Nerf footballs, Satoshi Kon's ballistic Paprika couldn't be more ecstatically heady or peculiarly engaging. Following in a select lineage of hyper-intelligent anime, Kon's...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2007

God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan

God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan

Can a feel-good film be made about the now-famous Lost Boys of Sudan? Christopher Quinn thinks so, and he really wants you to believe in him. Filmed during the tail-end of the second Sudanese Civil...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2007

Once

Once

For such a modest movie, John Carney's Once sure does have big ideas. Dangling precariously between rom-com and musical, Carney has called his film a "visual album," chronicling a slightly tragic love story with songwriter...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

Flanders

Flanders

For being the beacon of "world cinema discovery," Cannes has quickly garnered a track record best suited to a three-legged stallion at the Kentucky Derby. Last year, the two highest regards were given to Ken...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

Army Of Shadows

Army Of Shadows

It's hard to imagine a cinematic culture where a monumental achievement like Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 film Army of Shadows would fall into obscurity, but then again we just recently got our eyes on Killer of...

Movie Review posted on 18th May 2007

Day Night Day Night

Day Night Day Night

The 19-year-old girl featured in Julia Loktev's Day Night Day Night can only be referred to as "she" or "her" by her cohorts and only referred to as "sweetie" or "baby" by anyone else. Her...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2007

Brand Upon The Brain!

Brand Upon The Brain!

Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls (Over 18)! Welcome to the Spectacle of the Summer! Prepare Your Eyes for Popping and Your Jaw for Dropping! We Invite You to Partake in the Newest of Celluloid...

Movie Review posted on 14th May 2007

Civic Duty

Civic Duty

A year after its debut at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and a week before Julia Loktev's striking Day Night Day Night is released, Jeff Renfroe gets his chance to turn the crank on the...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2007

Away From Her

Away From Her

The act of being forgotten becomes pop-Bergman fair in Sarah Polley's Away from Her. If Polley's name rings a few bells, its because she was a rather prominent ingénue of independent cinema in the early...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2007

Triad Election

Triad Election

As with any decent gangster flick, Johnny To's Triad Election can't give up the ghost of The Godfather. In following the exploits of an up-and-coming boss, more coolly strategic than his predecessors, To has arguably...

Movie Review posted on 28th April 2007

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