Autumn Sonata (1978)

Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata is the troubling drama between mother and daughter, exploring themes of abandonment, resentment, and even hatred brewing over the years. Ingrid Bergman goes against type in her role as Charlotte, an uninvolved yet overbearing mother to Liv Ullmann’s subdued Eva. Ingrid as Charlotte is the most fascinating thing about this movie, playing … Continue reading Autumn Sonata (1978)

“Weekend” and “Looking”: Tragic Love Affairs

Now that the superb first season of "Looking" has concluded, we can now approach it as a singular, (sort of) complete work. It is so similar in tone and subject matter to "Weekend," and of course they are both the brain-children of the brilliant Andrew Haigh, so it’s impossible not to compare the two.

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

The breakout 2013 film Blue is the Warmest Color has been lauded as one of the most passionate, devastating love stories in recent memory. While this epic didn’t blow me away as Weekend did, it certainly was a fascinating, intelligent work that justifies its 3-hour length on an intellectual level, even if not an emotional one. This ambitious … Continue reading Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

Gravity (2013)

For as many films as we’ve gotten about space over the years, very few of them are actually about space. The worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars are metaphors representing more grounded themes, and even Aliendirector Ridley Scott described his classic as a haunted house in space. Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, however, is a true space film, deriving its thrills and … Continue reading Gravity (2013)