Le Notti Bianche (1957)

Le Notti Bianche, or White Nights, is a dark yet passionate film about love, loneliness, and sacrifice. A young man and woman, Mario and Natalia, meet by chance one night as Mario is strolling the streets of their small village. The artificiality of the sets and casual nature of their acquaintance misleads the viewer into believing … Continue reading Le Notti Bianche (1957)

“Looking” Ahead

So just three episodes in (two episodes for those of you without HBO Go) is too early to truly review the new series Looking. To be fair, I had impossibly high hopes for this series, from the same creator as one of my favorite movies Weekend (so good it’s warranted not one but TWO blog posts on … Continue reading “Looking” Ahead

Her (2013)

Spike Jonze’s Her is the profoundly simple, often heartbreaking, comedy-drama exploring a man’s troubled love life. Her takes place in the not-too-distant future, where artificial intelligence is becoming the norm and human connection is diminishing. (There’s even a great shot in a crowded subway, where everyone is spaced out to their respective electronic devices.) Joaquin Phoenix … Continue reading Her (2013)

American Hustle (2013)

Unlike its predecessor Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle is a slow-cooking picture. It takes a long time to get going, and doesn’t really explain where we’re going, but once we start rolling it becomes a cinematic dream. The exposition, weirdly, is the film at some of its clunkiest. Maybe it’s the gradual, deliberate pacing or the oddly … Continue reading American Hustle (2013)

Stromboli, terra di dio (1950)

Stromboli, terra di dio is the moody, deliberate character study of a desperate yet stubborn woman, played to perfection by Ingrid Bergman, who is pushed to the brink of madness (and possibly beyond). It begins with uncharacteristic romanticism from director Roberto Rossellini, with a dreamy, idealized love affair between woman and man in a refugee camp, … Continue reading Stromboli, terra di dio (1950)