Movie Reviews

My Favorite Movie!
Published by on Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:05am | 0 Comments

An impressive result for an extra-low-budget debut, My Favorite Movie! takes on complex narrative forms and unashamedly balances between camp and banality, even if the former is its ultimate savoir.

Life Itself
Published by on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:00am | 0 Comments

There is no doubt that Roger Ebert, one of the most prolific and well-known movie reviewers in American history, would have a film produced to pay tribute to his career at some time. By the end of his career, Ebert had covered the film industry for nearly half of cinema’s lifespan, popularized a specific hand-gesture beyond its normal capability, and invited the world to see his late-life health problems.

Published by on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:00am | 0 Comments

Director Bong Joon-ho turns conventional themes of predestination and socio-economic disparity on their side. Where many political films express economic dichotomy vertically as a bottom to top comparison--think Metropolis or last year’s Elysium-- Snowpiercer portrays this horizontally as a group of rebels push forward from the tail to the engine.

They Came Together
Published by on Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

They Came Together breaks down the clichés and tropes of conventional romantic comedies, specifically from Woody Allen and films featuring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Director and co-writer David Wain returns to his zany and semiotic ways with his Wain-world cast and partners, as well as many SNL alumni and contemporary talents for a refreshing pastiche on the predictable rom-com.

Tim's Vermeer
Published by on Monday, July 7, 2014 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

The recent television series Cosmos tells stories of how scientists, or at least people who we perceive as working with the scientific method, discovered complex concepts that were either forgotten by time, or overshadowed by how much they pushed forward our understanding of science.

Published by on Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 9:00am | 0 Comments

Anthony Bourdain has turned everyone into foodies, but the heart of American cuisine is not on the tube or high-end restaurants. Chef re-envisions food not as a bourgeoisie delicacy where everything is served to perfection with drizzles of sauces and expensive ingredients, but as an opportunity to relate to the working class with regional and ethnic staples.

Published by on Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 9:00am | 0 Comments

Let us rejoice that since 1990s there is finally a summer blockbuster that really is for everyone. Damn your family, what about spectators up and down the intellectual spectrum? Godzilla is just that: a nod to the half-century old Japanese franchise, a complete reversal of the 1998 American remake, and a refreshing action film that features digital effects that support the plot and characters.

Steve Chong Finds Out That Suicide Is a Bad Idea
Published by on Monday, May 26, 2014 - 9:00am | 0 Comments

With Steve Chong Finds Out That Suicide Is a Bad Idea, director Charlie LaVoy reveals himself to be a promising young talent, even if his film falters from a cliché, underdeveloped script and a wet-behind-the-ears leading man.

Under the Skin
Published by on Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:00am | 0 Comments

An effective cinematic examination of woman as pursuer—she with the ‘female gaze’ driving around the streets of industrial Glasgow attempting to lure men that are walking alone into her van and eventually to their deaths—would require a woman beautiful enough for her targeted males to disregard her ‘way’ while in total trance of her ‘means’. An actress that looks like Scarlett Johannson would be perfect.

I Believe in Unicorns
Published by on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 9:00am | 0 Comments

Davina (Natalia Dyer) is an idiosyncratic young girl who has just one friend at school and her mother has a debilitating illness. She falls in love with the older Sterling (Peter Vack), a chain-smoking loner who lives on the fringes with his rusty sports car. They start a romance and take to the road with their quirky sensibilities. But Sterling’s past with a violent father slowly creeps into their relationship while they traverse the American landscape.