All posts tagged "Foreign Film Review"

  • Summertime | Review

    An Affair to Remember: Corsini’s Enjoyable, Brightly Hued Period Piece Catherine Corsini returns with her ninth feature film, Summertime (La Belle Saison), an early 70s...

  • Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie | Review

    Filth and Wisdom: Saunders and Lumley Can’t Get Back to Where They Started From This wheel doesn’t so much as explode as it does simply...

  • Train to Busan | Review

    Here Comes the Train Again: Sang-ho’s Live Action Debut Heavy on Tropes Zombie contagion sweeps over South Korea while a random band of survivors struggle...

  • The Whispering Star | 2016 Japan Cuts Film Festival Review

    The Human Factor: Sono’s Somber Allusions to the Allegory of the Cave When one contemplates the continuously expanding filmography of Japanese auteur Sion Sono, hyperbolic...

  • Our Little Sister | Review

    Sisters Doing It For Themselves: Kore-eda’s Continued Examination of Polite Familial Discord Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda returns with Our Little Sister (aka Umimachi Diary), another...

  • Microbe and Gasoline | Review #2

    Boys of Summer: Gondry Dials Down the Mayhem for Gentle Road Film If Michel Gondry’s latest film Microbe and Gasoline can potentially be regarded as...

  • Microbe and Gasoline | Review #1

    Whimsy with Measure: Gondry’s Reflection on Youth and Imagination There are certain expectations that come with a Gondry film; his trademarks have helped to define such...

  • Right Now, Wrong Then | Review

    Two in One: Sang-soo’s Latest Delight Examines Outcomes and Possibilities Prolific South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo, who debuts annual films at various festivals every year,...

  • Cosmos | Review

    The Fault in Our Stars: Zulawski’s Uncompromised Return a Dark Hearted Farce Throughout a filmography that’s spanned five decades, including two short films and now,...

  • The Department Q Trilogy | Review

    The continued reverence for the pulpy wave of crime thrillers popularized as Nordic Noir continues with the imported The Department Q Trilogy, a series of...

  • From Afar | Review

    The Space Between Us: Vigas’ Debut a Somber, Compelling Character Portrait Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas unveils a stellar debut with stark and subversive relationship drama...

  • Ma Ma | Review

    Soap on a Rope: Medem Returns with Malignant Cancer Drama It’s becoming harder and harder to remember the relevancy of Spanish filmmaker Julio Medem, a...

  • The Other Side | Review

    Beasts of the Southern Wild: Minervini Continues Fascination with American Rural Dysfunction One can’t help but recall the refreshing yet uncomfortably toxic memories of Harmony...

  • The Unknown Girl | 2016 Cannes Film Festival Review

    The Guilt Trip: The Dardennes’ Add a Touch of Genre to Collective Guilt For better or worse, we already know what kind of quiet poignancy...

  • It’s Only the End of the World | 2016 Cannes Film Festival Review

    Don’t They Know?: Dolan Delivers a Dud with Familial Drama Though no stranger to working with French stars, Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan makes his first...

  • Aquarius | 2016 Cannes Film Festival Review

    Sign of the Times: Filho’s Formidable Examination of Life as a House For his sophomore effort, Brazilian director  crafts an intriguing character study around a...

  • From the Land of the Moon | 2016 Cannes Film Festival Review

    The Spa of Loneliness: Garcia’s Clunky Wartime Romance Though she’s perhaps still best known as a prolific actress, Nicole Garcia has quietly built an impressive...

  • Toni Erdmann | 2016 Cannes Film Festival Review

    Tony Toni Tone: Maren Ade Returns with Profound Portrait of Estranged Family Members Comedic films coming out of Germany, at least those nabbing international acclaim...

  • Staying Vertical | 2016 Cannes Film Festival Review

    The Bipedal Advantage: Guiraudie Returns to Vaguely Pernicious Themes After his 2013 breakout success with Stranger By the Lake, a nod to France’s Hitchcockian forefather...

  • Belladonna of Sadness (1973) | Review

    The Devil Inside: Yamamoto’s Cult Classic Restored to Gloriously Problematic Perversity Cinelicious resurrects one of the most disturbing, sleazy and undeniably artistic animation endeavors ever...

  • Remember | Blu-ray Review

    Ever since his 2009 mainstream breakthrough Chloe (an English language rehash of a 2003 film from Anne Fontaine), Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan has been on...

  • The Lobster | Review

    Animal Farm: Lanthimos’ Dystopic Dip into RomCom Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos makes an admirable English language debut with The Lobster, set within an original dystopic...

  • The Man Who Knew Infinity | Review

    Beautiful Mind: Brown’s Restitution for Neglected Mathematics Genius For those outside of an academic realm in mathematics, the name Srinivasa Ramanujan most likely won’t register,...

  • Viktoria | Review

    Milk of Sorrow: Motherhood and Metaphors Structure Vitkova’s Somber Debut Using intergenerational familial dilemmas to convey significant historical upheaval is certainly nothing new to fiction...

  • Wedding Doll | Review

    Dolled Up: Giladi’s Melancholy Debut on Dreams Deferred Lives and loves hampered by the desires of others provides the basis for Israeli documentarian Nitzan Giladi’s...