Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

The first scene of Dallas Buyers Club is disorienting, immediately confounding the viewer with obscured vision, indecipherable gasps, and lack of context. The next several scenes are similarly abrupt, provocative, and compelling. It sets the stage for what feels like a film. Turns out your gut reaction is wrong, though. This movie, while starting with promise, … Continue reading Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave may have a clear title, but this film is anything but what you’d expect. It is not the saccharine-sweet pat on the back like Spielberg’s Lincoln or anything warm-fuzzy like Roots. Steve McQueen has hit his third home run in a row with this gritty, haunting story of American cruelty. In some ways, it almost … Continue reading 12 Years a Slave (2013)