All posts tagged "Foreign Film Review"

  • Song of the Sea | Review

    Of Myth and Men: Moore Dons Skin of the Irish Selkies To Craft Stunning Children’s Tale of Family Heritage You can probably count the number...

  • Leviathan | Review

    On the Waterfront: Zvyagintsev’s Sprawling Opus of a Modern, Devouring Regime Back with his fourth feature, Leviathan, Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev succeeds in cinematic sublimity...

  • Zero Motivation | Review #2

    Band of Girls: Lavie’s Acerbic, Confident Debut Exacerbated ennui is explored to comedic effect in Tayla Lavie’s striking directorial debut, Zero Motivation, which explores life...

  • Zero Motivation | Review

    A “Staple” Female-centric Portrait: Lavie Adds Dark Charm to Bureaucratic Military Milieu With a subject so entrenched with weight and political correctness, there seems to...

  • Video Interview: Krzysztof Zanussi (Foreign Body) – 2014 Toronto Int. Film Festival

    We sat down with Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival after the premiere of his new film, Foreign Body. Zanussi,...

  • Pioneer | Review

    Oil!: Skjoldbjaerg’s Latest an Icy Conspiracy Thriller Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjaerg has remained a hard director to peg ever since his celebrated 1997 debut, Insomnia,...

  • Miss Julie | Review

    Touch of Class: Ullmann’s Update of Classic Text Ultimately Lifeless There are a scant few equals to the texts of playwright August Strindberg’s, his 1888...

  • Wild | 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...

  • 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...