Author: Jay Antani

Tyson

Tyson

As James Toback's Tyson opens, what hits you first is the technique. The idea behind the project is pretty simple -- essentially, this is an extended interview with infamous boxer Mike Tyson as he reminiscences...

Movie Review posted on 22nd April 2009

Perestroika

Perestroika

Deeply personal, fiercely political, whimsical and unpredictable in style, and direct in voice, writer-director Slava Tsukerman's Perestroika resonates across personal, national, global, and even cosmic levels, all at once. After 17 years of self-imposed exile...

Movie Review posted on 20th March 2009

Shuttle

Shuttle

One has to wonder if it ever occurred to writer-director Edward Anderson while making his thriller Shuttle how truly vile and reprehensible his project was. The hook, I'll admit, is pretty nifty: Two attractive young...

Movie Review posted on 12th March 2009

Tokyo!

Tokyo!

Tokyo! is a curious conundrum. The movie is a triptych of short films about the titular metropolis made by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Joon-ho Bong, three non-Japanese filmmakers. Each tries to offer up personalized...

Movie Review posted on 27th February 2009

El Norte

El Norte

Gregory Nava's El Norte has come to be regarded as the definitive portrait of the experience of undocumented Latin-American workers in the United States. Released in 1983, Nava's film has lost none of its lyrical...

Movie Review posted on 13th January 2009

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Between 1989 and 2003, the nation of Liberia, on the western, sub-Saharan coast of Africa, collapsed into a civil war between the government of the despotic Charles Taylor and a coalition of warlords. Boys were...

Movie Review posted on 10th November 2008

Eden

Eden

Few things are tougher to watch, in real life or in the movies, than someone's heart slowly breaking. Such is the case with Eden, in which Billy and Breda Farrell's marriage lies in a state...

Movie Review posted on 7th November 2008

Splinter

Splinter

Director Toby Wilkins' debut feature Splinter is a fast-paced, well-crafted bit of sci-fi horror with plenty of gore and thrills to keep audiences amped up and on-edge for much of its tight 85-minute running time....

Movie Review posted on 31st October 2008

Humboldt County

Humboldt County

Writer-directors Danny Jacobs and Darren Grodsky cite Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces as a major inspiration behind their debut feature Humboldt County. Indeed, both films involve lost young men who feel alienated from their fathers,...

Movie Review posted on 21st October 2008

Charlie Wilson's War

Charlie Wilson's War

Director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin made two exceedingly smart choices in adapting George Crile's book Charlie Wilson's War. First, they consented to a brisk 95-minute running time, rather than fall prey to the...

Movie Review posted on 21st December 2007

Smiley Face

Smiley Face

Smiley Face is Gregg Araki's entry into that hallowed genre of the stoner comedy, of which Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle may be the most resent minor classic (a major stoner classic seems...

Movie Review posted on 16th November 2007

Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger Than Paradise

Jim Jarmusch's debut feature Stranger Than Paradise seems both a throwback to the American independents of the '60s and '70s, and a harbinger of what was to come in the years following its release. The...

Movie Review posted on 11th October 2007

Rescue Dawn

Rescue Dawn

In 1997, Werner Herzog made Little Dieter Needs to Fly, a documentary about German-born American Navy pilot Dieter Dengler who, in the early days of the Vietnam War, was captured and held in a Laotian...

Movie Review posted on 4th July 2007

Eagle Vs Shark

Eagle Vs Shark

The only measure of a comedy is whether you laughed, and how hard. As comedies go, the Kiwi import Eagle vs Shark, doesn't register more than halfway up the comedy meter. Writer-director Taika Waititi manages...

Movie Review posted on 15th June 2007

Bug (2007)

Bug (2007)

On my way out of William Friedkin's latest Bug, I overheard a gentleman in the lobby say to his companion that he hopes everyone involved in the picture fires their agents. The movie could mean...

Movie Review posted on 29th May 2007

Fletch

Fletch

If you were in junior high or high school when Fletch came out, the movie holds enormous nostalgia value, particularly if you also happened to live in L.A. at the time (like me). Fletch revealed...

Movie Review posted on 4th May 2007

The Hoax

The Hoax

Everybody loves a good con artist, a guy who can bluff his way into or out of anything. He's isn't violent, not a gangster, but a smooth-talking charmer whose poker face doesn't flinch no matter...

Movie Review posted on 6th April 2007

Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story

Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story

Talk about your reputation preceding you. In Alan Conway's case, however, it wasn't his reputation, but that of a certain notoriously elusive filmmaker named Stanley Kubrick. Brian Cook's Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story follows...

Movie Review posted on 23rd March 2007

After The Wedding

After The Wedding

Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's After the Wedding is about orphans, literally and figuratively, for every character in it has been orphaned in one way or other from their proper lives. In bringing her themes to...

Movie Review posted on 14th March 2007

The World's Fastest Indian

The World's Fastest Indian

"You live more in five minutes on a bike... than some people live in their lifetime," says the plucky, gravel-voiced Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins), early on in writer-director Roger Donaldson's The World's Fastest Indian. That...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Conversations With Other Women

Conversations With Other Women

Try to watch director Hans Canosa's Conversations with Other Women twice and in quick succession. The memories that haunt the film's reunited lovers subtly inform every look, line, and gesture between them. For that reason,...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

The defeat of the titular arch-villain in the Bond series' inaugural Dr. No provides the fly in From Russia with Love's revenge-motivated ointment. Seeking to mete out payback on James Bond (Sean Connery) for eliminating...

Movie Review posted on 4th January 2007

49th Parallel

49th Parallel

A contingent of Nazi naval officers are stranded on the Canadian mainland after their U-boat, on the prowl in Hudson Bay, is destroyed. They resolve to trek across Canada, then either cross the border to...

Movie Review posted on 28th December 2006

Green for Danger

Green for Danger

You know those old-time British murder mysteries that take place in a manor on a dark and stormy night? One of the aristocrat guests at the manor gets murdered, or his wife does. Upstairs and...

Movie Review posted on 17th December 2006

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

The defeat of the titular arch-villain in the Bond series' inaugural Dr. No provides the fly in From Russia with Love's revenge-motivated ointment. Seeking to mete out payback on James Bond (Sean Connery) for eliminating...

Movie Review posted on 5th December 2006

Viridiana

Viridiana

"I don't have ideas," Luis Buñuel once stated in an interview for the French television show, Cinéastes de Notre Temps. "It's all instinct." That 1964 interview is included among the supplements in Criterion's just-released DVD...

Movie Review posted on 3rd December 2006

Fists in the Pocket

Fists in the Pocket

Little over halfway into Marco Bellocchio's acid-dipped 1965 debut Fists in the Pocket, the criminally malcontent Alessandro (Lou Castel) and his happy-go-lucky sister Giulia (Paola Pitagora) chuck their deceased mother's furniture into the backyard of...

Movie Review posted on 21st November 2006

Factotum

Factotum

While Bent Hamer's Factotum isn't equal to the source material, it's a must-see for all of us fascinated by Charles Bukowski, by his persona as much as his words. Adapted from the namesake novel by...

Movie Review posted on 18th August 2006

Conversations With Other Women

Conversations With Other Women

Try to watch director Hans Canosa's Conversations with Other Women twice and in quick succession. The memories that haunt the film's reunited lovers subtly inform every look, line, and gesture between them. For that reason,...

Movie Review posted on 14th August 2006

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

Here's a prime example of what happens when fascinating subject matter falls prey to inept filmmaking. Lian Lunson's Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man is a frustrating mess, redeemed intermittently by a few solid musical performances...

Movie Review posted on 5th July 2006

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