Movie Reviews

Boyhood
Published by on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 1:14pm | 0 Comments

Series of films portraying a single character’s life during different time periods is nothing new to cinema. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, however, crafts a singular narrative about a young boy from kindergarten to his first weekend in college, and was produced for just a handful of days each year for twelve years. This production method required faith in the crew and a disciplined approach to keep the project alive, a concept that is truly visible in the film’s storyline.

The Conspiracy
Published by on Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 12:06am | 0 Comments

The shouting matches and the vociferous activism of conspiracy theorists tend to fall on deaf ears. It’s not that they are wrong; it’s that their ideas and links are so far-fetched or conflicting that they themselves appear legitimately crazy.

Published by on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 9:00am | 0 Comments

Spy thrillers are bound to become more complex with the NSA leaks uncovering a massive global surveillance system, and A Most Wanted Man is perhaps the first film to take a crack at it. Adapted from John le Carré’s eponymous novel, A Most Wanted Man extends the spy genre enough so that it’s original, but not to the point where it’s unrecognizable.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Published by on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 6:00am | 0 Comments

Rise of the Planet of the Apes overcame the typical problems of reboots, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also does not fall into the traps so many sequels fall victim to, like being rushed to production and over-anticipated. Instead the film stands on its own, not having to rely reasserting the world or any of the timelines created in Planet of the Apes.

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.

Snowpiercer
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. Johannes Vermeer may have been one of those people, as the method to produce his photorealist paintings in the 1600s has never been replicated.

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.

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