Finding 2016

2016 was an unusual year in the real world: one of political change, tragic losses, and confounding times. The world of cinema mirrored this in many ways, from rebels confronting an overpowering empire, an empowering feminist Puritan horror movie, and a blue fish trying to make sense of the ocean around her. I haven't been … Continue reading Finding 2016

Weekly Round-Up: June 12-18, 2016

Last week, I saw: Finding Nemo (2003) - First time watching with Cine-Explore, a terrific commentary-esque feature with visual pop-ups including concept art and storyboards. The filmmaker's insights on the parallels between father Marlin and son Nemo's journeys were particularly compelling. REQUIRED. Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) - This story of an aging actress and … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: June 12-18, 2016

Weekly Round-Up: June 05-11, 2016

This week had a few jumbled viewings, as I fell asleep and had to resume no fewer than three films. I watched: Tangerine (2015) - Outrageous, hysterical, and ultimately moving story of friendship between two prostitutes in a sun-bleached vision of Hollywood. Fully fleshed out characters and strong performances anchor what would otherwise be a camp-fest, … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: June 05-11, 2016

Weekly Round-Up: May 29 – June 04, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse, Night and Fog, The Immortal Story, Blue Velvet, Valley of the Dolls

Weekly Round-Up: May 15-21, 2016

Last week, I saw: Woman in the Dunes (1964) - At its best, this demented love story is an absolute thriller, chronicling the kidnapping and imprisonment of one man by a rural Japanese village. Unfortunately, this intriguing premise loses momentum and is all but buried by its 2 1/2 hour running time. NOT RECOMMENDED. Descendants … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: May 15-21, 2016

Weekly Round-Up: May 08-14, 2016

Two weeks ago, I saw: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - Ambitious mega-sequel tying together plot elements from the far reaches of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plus introducing charismatic new characters in Scarlet Witch and The Vision. I had some trouble following what was going on but I overall enjoyed it (though I don't understand … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: May 08-14, 2016

Weekly Round-Up: March 27 – April 02, 2016

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - Fiercely brilliant political puzzle, following a troubled Korean War vet piece together what happened overseas as a senator's sensational Communist accusations sweep the presses. Slightly slow at times but an overall masterwork, driven by sophisticated dialogue and genuine suspense. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) - Another one … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: March 27 – April 02, 2016