All posts tagged "Foreign Film Review"

  • 1,000 Times Goodnight | Review

    Words and Pictures: Binoche Dominates Poppe’s Familial Drama Norwegian director Erik Poppe makes his English language directorial debut with 1,000 Times Goodnight, featuring an internationally...

  • Life of Riley | Review

    Time to Leave: Alain Resnais’ Elegant Swan Song Alain Resnais, that reluctant member of the French New Wave, passed away in March of 2014, not...

  • The Dark Valley | Review

    Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance: Prochaska’s Grimly Pleasing Revenge Yarn Selected as Austria’s entry for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, The Dark Valley is perhaps...

  • Revenge of the Green Dragons | Review

    Dragon Seed: Lau & Loo’s Dissatisfying NYC Chinese Gang Saga Martin Scorsese appears as executive producer on Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the...

  • The Golden Era | Review

    A Complicated Life: Hui’s Sprawling Biopic as Malcontented as Its Subject Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s extensive filmography has been largely unavailable, though she’s steadily...

  • Felony | Review

    Patch of Blue: Saville’s Sophomore Film Lost in Endless Ellipses For his first film since his 2007 feature debut Noise, Australian director Matthew Saville returns...

  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya | Review

    Princess from the Moon: Takahata Bows with Feminist Spin on Fable Following the news of Hayao Miyazaki’s possible retirement after the release of 2013’s The...

  • Diplomacy | Review

    Paris is Burning: Schlondorff Continues Plumbing the Depths of WWII Playwright Cyril Gely (who also wrote the play upon which Safy Nebbou’s 2010 film Dumas...

  • Housebound | Review

    Home is Where the Horror Is: Johnson’s Ozzie Horror Tickles Rather Than Chills Fans of Peter Jackson’s early works of zany, comedy horror will most...

  • The Goob | 2014 London BFI Film Festival Review

    Goober is Great: Norfolk Sets the Scene for Myhill’s Debut Rebellious youths riding motorbikes down dirt roads aside, while there are some similarities to Pawel...

  • The Imitation Game | 2014 London BFI Film Festival Review

    Cracking the Code: Tyldum’s English Debut Delivers Thrills Although mathematician Alan Turing OBE was responsible for creating a machine capable of solving the unsolvable Nazi...

  • Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead | Review

    Dead Again: Wirkola Outstays Welcome of Outlandish Gimmick For those that were generally amused by Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola’s breakout festival hit Dead Snow (2009),...

  • Wild | 2014 TIFF Review

    Peaks and Vallée: Witherspoon Eats, Prays, Hikes When Cheryl Strayed’s memoir was released in 2012, the climate for gender politics was different. The book’s popularity soared...

  • Automata | Review

    I, Robot: Ibanez Saddles Asimov for Arresting A.I. Concoction Spanish director Gabe Ibanez makes an impressive sci-fi entry with his sophomore feature, Automata, an exploration...

  • For Those in Peril | Review

    Fish Out of Water: Wright’s Debut a Visually Arresting, Moody Allegory The mythological significance of the sea inflects and infects Paul Wright’s somber directorial debut,...

  • Félix et Meira | 2014 TIFF Review

    What’s Under the Hat?: Giroux Proposes Unorthodox Paradox Confectioned with a what makes us different makes us the same counterargument, Maxime Giroux’s third feature is...

  • Partners in Crime | 2014 TIFF Review

    Something Scandalous: Teenage Anxiety as a Reflection of Culture In many ways, Taiwanese director Jung-chi Chang’s sophomore feature, Partners in Crime, is very much like...

  • The Liberator | Review

    Plowing the Sea: Arvelo’s Portrait of Famed Leader Hardly Revolutionary Arriving with all the earmarks of a truncated and incredibly abridged version of history in...

  • The Blue Room | Review

    Blue in the Face: Amalric’s Simenon Adaptation an Exquisite Enigma Though actor/director Mathieu Amalric’s last directorial effort, On Tour (2010), landed him a Best Director...

  • The Little Bedroom | Review

    Good Grief: Nuanced Dramatic Debut Lands Long Awaited Release in US Initially premiering at the Locarno Film Festival in 2010, the directorial debut of Stephanie...

  • Corbo | 2014 TIFF Review

    Vive la FLQ: Revolutionary Tactics as Performance of Identity With Corbo, Mathieu Denis’ second feature-length film, the Quebecois director has established an auteur focus on...

  • Pride | Review

    The Climate Was Changing: Warchus Revisits 80s Set Instance of Activism British director Matthew Warchus first appeared in 1999 with his directorial debut, Simpatico, based...

  • Lilting | Review

    Common Grounds: Khaou Strikes Graceful, Observant Notes in Debut A moving, and sharply wrought screenplay supported by several elegant performances marks Cambodian born director Hong...

  • The New Girlfriend | 2014 TIFF Review

    The Skin I Live In: Ozon’s Exquisite New Exploration of Gender Subversion For his most playful and delightfully creepy film in years, Francois Ozon adapts...

  • Eden | TIFF 2014 Review

    In The Garden Of Garage: Hansen-Løve Recounts Brother’s Coming of Age During the Rise of House Music Thanks to her brother Sven’s involvement in the popularization...