About Elly – Movie Review – Mirage

Before the cerebral no win situations expertly constructed in The Past and A Separation, the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi first cut his teeth on the looser social thriller About Elly. Here you can see many of the ideas that fill his later films, like the nature of shifting perceptions and shifting culpability. Although it is…

Kurt Cobain : Montage of Heck Review – Stain

Documentaries tend to have a rather staid approach: force a story via narration, dramatize it with talking heads, and then sprinkle the snippets of primary sources you’ve managed to collect. This is especially common when the subject matter is done and gone. HBO’s newest dredging of rock’s past explores the fascinating celebrity of the man…

Wild Tales – Growl – Movie Review

  Director – Damien Szifron 122 Minutes 2015 (originally titled Relatos Salvajes) Wild Tales is a collection of six parables that examine human behavior in modern society. Tellingly, the opening credits are set to stills of predators with steely gazes or about to pounce. The link between human aggression and animalistic tendencies is a common…

It Follows – Movie Review – Compel

It Follows is a simple horror film that is also quite remarkable, because it commits so well to using its singular concept as an extrinsic totem for fears about sexuality. Using the same overpowering synth soundtrack and languid moments that made Drive so appealing, the film constructs horror around the specter of consequences rather than…

Best Movies of 2014

Wow! 2014 was a really great year for movies! So many films this year were easy to love, with rich character studies that tackled unique situations. 2013 may have been more stylistically diverse, but 2014 finds many of our great directors at the very top of their game, creating complete and thoughtful movies that would…