Weekly Round-Up: January 10-16, 2016

Big week last week, between the Golden Globe awards and the Academy Award nominations announcement - awards season has officially begun and I've got my work cut out for me as far as seeing all the nominees! Last week, I saw: Descendants (2015) - Terrifically addictive Disney Channel Original Movie about the kids of Disney … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: January 10-16, 2016

45 Years (2015)

The latest masterpiece from Andrew Haigh, 45 Years, is a patiently told drama about a woman (Kate, played by Charlotte Rampling) who finds her marriage with Geoff (Tom Courtenay) in crisis. The body of his long-lost-love Katya, who was in the picture before Kate and Geoff ever met, has been found decades after she died in a horrific accident. … Continue reading 45 Years (2015)

Weekly Round-Up: November 15-21, 2015

This past week was exceptionally Criterion-heavy - between prepping for the Criterion Blogathon and my bi-annual "Criterion binge" (that is, a binge of Criterion movies to know whether or not they must be purchased during the Barnes & Noble half-off sale). As such, this was an especially rich week for film viewing: The Cabinet of Dr. … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: November 15-21, 2015

The Musical Pulse of Andrew Haigh’s “Weekend”

This essay is part of the superb collection of pieces in the Criterion Blogathon, hosted by Criterion Blues, Speakeasy, and Silver Screenings. Visit the full roster here for a multitude of insights, commentaries, and reviews on some of the finest in cinema history, by some of the best bloggers around! Between my numerous entries on Weekend and … Continue reading The Musical Pulse of Andrew Haigh’s “Weekend”

Criterion Blogathon Starts Tomorrow!

Something's cooking! Very excited to participate in a Criterion Blogathon this week, joining hundreds of other blogs in writing about one of our favorite topics - the films, actors, and directors of the Criterion Collection! My piece on Andrew Haigh's Weekend (2011) will be posted this Friday. Can't wait to see what others in the blogging community have to say … Continue reading Criterion Blogathon Starts Tomorrow!

Greek Pete (2009)

Greek Pete is the bizarre, semi-documentary, arguably-pornographic, story of a young British man who aspires to be the best male escort he can be. We follow Pete around for the course of a year, from intimate interviews to him meeting with his clients to celebrating the holidays with his “family” of other male escorts. Compared to Pete, … Continue reading Greek Pete (2009)

“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.