All posts tagged "Foreign Film Review"

  • Perfect Sisters | Review

    Sister, My Sister: Brooks’ Uneven Debut Fumbles Producer Stanley M. Brooks makes his directorial debut with Perfect Sisters, one of those tawdry sounding stories about...

  • Cuban Fury | Review

    1, 2 Step: Griffiths’ Debut Features Solo Frost in Winning Performance Though it may not command a notable shelf life in your memory, and even...

  • Ilo Ilo | Review

    Singapore Slump: Economics Brushed Aside in Chen’s Gem Debut In his autobiographical debut Ilo Ilo, young Singaporean helmer Anthony Chen delivers a beautifully simple story...

  • Under the Skin | Review

    Female Perversion: Glazer’s Latest a Strange, Hypnotic Exploration of the Body Feminine It’s been over a decade now since Jonathan Glazer’s exciting and strange sophomore...

  • Nymphomaniac: Volume II | Review

    Get Into the Gloom: Von Trier Evades Easy Answers in Darker Second Chapter of Sexual Odyssey You can forget about love as well as any...

  • The Raid 2 | Review

    Badass Berendal: Gareth Evans Delivers a Bloody Good Time Bigger is palpably better. In Gareth Evans’ eagerly anticipated and ambitious sequel to his 2011 cult...

  • Alan Partridge | Review

    Alpha Comedian: a Partridge in a Fair Tree Steve Coogan is known to North American audiences as the successful writer and lead actor of Philomena,...

  • Nymphomaniac: Volume I | Review

    The Girl Can’t Help It: Von Trier’s Indelible First Chapter a Sobering, Ruminative Examination of the Last Cinematic Frontier In today’s modern world, where cinematic...

  • Just a Sigh | Review

    Brief Encounter: Bonnell’s Latest a Breezy, Gallic Affair With his fifth feature, Just a Sigh, (a butchered translation from what really should be The Time...

  • Blood Ties | Review

    Blood Simple: Canet’s English Language Debut an Enjoyably Prostrate Epic For his English language debut, actor/director Guillaume Canet arrives with Blood Ties, a remake of...

  • Himizu | Review

    Suffer the Children: Sono’s Social Dystopia a Melancholy Landscape It appears that 2014 will be a year that sees a flood of Sion Sono’s back...

  • Ernest & Celestine | Review

    Cute in Court: Bears and Mice Controversially Live In Harmony We are not for lack of anthropomorphized mice nor bears, from all the way back...

  • Le Week-End | Review

    Meant to Be Spent Alone: Michell’s Latest a Welcome Return to Quality Filmmaking After a pair of mainstream US misfires, South African born director Roger...

  • Enemy | Review

    Identical/Identity: Villeneuve’s Doppelganger Thriller a Kafkaesque Dead Ringer You can forget the pulpy throes of the dark hearted Prisoners, the recently released collaboration of Jake...

  • The Art of the Steal | Review

    Art Bitch: Sobol Turns to the Dependable Heist Drama with Mixed Results Flying in on the feathery laurels of Kurt Russell (once again donning a...

  • Grand Piano | Review

    Player Piano: Interesting Ideas Churn Into Nonsensical Slog in Mira’s Third Outing Back with his first film since the 2010 potboiler, Agnosia, Spanish director Eugenio...

  • Journey to the West: Conquering Demons | Review

    A Demon in My View: Chow Returns with Rousing, Comedic Action Director Stephen Chow returns with Journey to the West: Conquering Demons, his first film...

  • Honey | Review

    Helps the Medicine Go Down: Golino’s Winning, Striking Debut Actress Valeria Golino hinges an intriguing character study around the thorny topic of euthanasia, with her...

  • Stalingrad | Review

    Back in the U.S.S.R.: Bondarchuk’s Latest a Visual Feast and Narrative Folly Arriving with a small coterie of distinctive firsts, actor/director Fedor Bondarchuk’s latest directorial...

  • The Wind Rises | Review

    Miyazaki’s Swan Song A Somber Flight Of Fancy Earlier this month, legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, writer and director of such masterpieces as Spirited Away, Castle...

  • Black Out | Review

    Black and Mild: Toonen’s High Octane Adaptation a Bit Derivative If you could imagine The Hangover remade as a drug fueled action thriller with stylizations...

  • Easy Money: Hard to Kill | Review

    Man of Straw: Kinnaman Beginagain in Energetic Yet Paltry Sequel While Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s 2010 film Easy Money kicked off his lucrative international status,...

  • Love is in the Air | Review

    Pressurized: Sagnier and Co. in a Charming Rom-Com Straitjacket For his first solo film as director, Alexandre Castagnetti nabbed the talented Ludivine Sagnier to headline...

  • Stranger By the Lake | Review

    Wet Hot French Summer: Guiraudie’s Bold, Scintillating New Film Idiosyncratic filmmaker Alain Guiraudie is set to take the art house by storm with his bold,...

  • Wetlands | 2014 Sundance Review

    Soggy Bottoms: Wnendt’s Latest an Extravaganza of Delightful Perversity German director David Wnendt’s adaptation of Charlotte Roche’s novel, Wetlands, is a bildungsroman unlike any other;...