All posts tagged "Foreign Film Review"

  • Mirage | Review

    Saving the Farm: Hajdu Offers Poor Man’s 12 Years A Slave Set against sprawling plains and a dusty backdrop, Mirage (aka Délibáb) unravels as a...

  • Once Upon a Time, Veronica | Review

    Sex and Candy: Gomes’ Wise, Intricate Character Study Arriving over two years after its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, Brazilian director Marcelo...

  • The Imitation Game | 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...

  • The Babadook | Review

    Consequences of Grief: Kent’s Stunning Debut Wades Through Primordial Fears Satisfying genre films are generally few and far between these days, so it’s with absolute...

  • The Mule | Review

    Mother, Jugs, and Laxatives: Sampson and Mahony’s Curious Exploration of Strange Case Based on its poster and other marketing materials for Angus Sampson and Tony...

  • Human Capital | 2014 AFI Film Festival Review

    For What It’s Worth: Virzi’s Leftist Neo-Noir a Capitalistic Parable Receiving its North American premiere last spring at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, where it...

  • Viktor | Review

    From Russia with Schlock: Martinez’s Derivative Revenge Flick While there’s certainly a modicum of perverse interest to be satisfied in witnessing the rotund Gerard Depardieu...

  • The Homesman | Review

    Jumping Claims: Jones’ Attempt at Revisionist Western Withers Under its Own Intentions Try as it might, The Homesman, Tommy Lee Jones’ first directorial effort since...

  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem | 2014 AFI Film Festival Review

    Horse & Carriage: The Elkabetzs’ Kafkaesque Interpretation of So-Called Sacred Institution The third film in a trilogy examining the relationship between a husband and wife...

  • The Tribe | 2014 AFI Film Festival Review

    Get the Picture: Slaboshpitsky’s Excellent, Memorably Pronounced Debut In a sea of derivative cinematic components, wholly original ideas seem few and far between. In a...

  • The Theory of Everything | Review

    Scenes From a Marriage: Marsh’s Distilled Look at Physicist Stephen Hawking Spanning twenty five years in their lives together and based on the memoir Travelling...

  • Open Windows | Review

    Peeping Tom: Vigalondo’s Virtual Voyeurism Thriller Too Wrapped Up in Tech In the barest possible sense, Nacho Vigalondo’s latest film, Open Windows, can perhaps be...

  • Viva la Liberta | Review

    Dead Ringers: Ando’s Self-Adapted Switcheroo a Highlight for Servillo But Little Else Politics and doppelgangers have hewn a surprisingly wide berth throughout decades of cinema,...

  • Penance | Review

    Till I Can Get My Satisfaction: Kurosawa’s Striking Psychosexual Marathon Past traumas hopelessly infecting the present factor significantly in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s monolithic psychosexual thriller, Penance,...

  • Before I Go To Sleep | Review

    Sleep, My Love: Joffe’s Effective Woman in Peril Thriller Adapting S.J. Watson’s pulpy novel Before I Go to Sleep for his second feature film (2010’s...

  • Private Peaceful | Review

    Brother to Brother: O’Connor’s Rudimentary Look at Familial Ravages in WWII His first film since that ill-advised 2001 remake of Sweet November, which sought to...

  • Goodbye to Language | Review

    Breathless Spectacle: Godard’s Three Dimensions are Child’s Play A rough-hewn yet mesmerizing appraisal of the modern world presented from a disturbingly dispassionate point-of-view is the latest...

  • 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...