Somewhere in the grey area between perverse intimacy and crippling isolation lies Maureen (Kristen Stewart in a rich, vulnerable performance), the titular Personal Shopper in Olivier Assayas's latest masterwork. Maureen's twin brother Lewis died suddenly, and they agreed that, upon death, the deceased would give the surviving twin some sort of sign. Both are mediums, … Continue reading Personal Shopper (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
Pictures like La La Land make the movies a better place.
Last week, I saw: Her (2013) - The instant the film ended, my friend asked, "And why isn't this Criterion?" Her is nothing short of brilliant, exploring universal themes of relationships and connection set in the not-too-distant future. In a similar level to Inside Out, Her is a profound and emotional statement on the human experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Le Amiche (1955) … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: July 10-16, 2016
2016 in film has been an interesting year to say the least. This summer is all but cursed, with disappointing sequels and lackluster starts to would-be franchises opening nearly every weekend. The term "box office poison" was used to describe Hollywood stars of the 1930s, but one could almost apply it to the bizarro movie … Continue reading 2016 Check-In
Last week I only saw three movies, as much more time was spent with family and friends (not a bad thing!) -- The Last Days of Disco (1998) - Whit Stillman is back with his fast-talking young urban professionals, who dress and look like the 90s but apparently are in the late 70s / early … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: June 19-25, 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