All posts tagged "Foreign Film Review"

  • Berlin Syndrome | 2017 Sundance Film Festival Review

    He’s a Collector: Shortland Returns to Germany for Simmering Psychological Thriller Australian director Cate Shortland, most revered for her 2013 sophomore feature Lore, returns once...

  • God’s Own Country | 2017 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Gheorghe at the Farm: Lee’s Rustic Romantic Drama Hits the Requisite Notes For those who have been yearning for a less angst-ridden and more contemporary...

  • The Wound | 2017 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Go Tell It on the Mountain: Trengrove Recruits Nakhane Toure for Defiant, Profound Debut South African director John Trengrove tackles the compelling subject of black...

  • Family Life | 2017 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Strangers When We Meet: Scherson and Jimenez Present Sibling Identity Exercise Two members of Chile’s contemporary cinema scene join forces in co-directing Family Life, an...

  • Staying Vertical | 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...

  • We Are the Flesh | Review

    Live Flesh: Minter’s Perverts the Shadows in the Cave with Delirious Debut Director Emiliano Rocha Minter (who was the still photographer on Gerardo Naranjo’s 2011...

  • Brimstone | 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival Review

    The Love of a Preacher Man: Koolhoven’s Pseudo-Feminist Western an Ambitiously Grotesque Affront Unveiling the most expensive Dutch film production since Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book...

  • Paradise | 2017 Palm Springs Film Festival Review

    The Mind is Its Own Place: Konchalovsky Returns with a Grueling, Haunting Holocaust Triptych In all likelihood, there will never be an end to cinematic...

  • The Ardennes | Review

    Brother’s Keeper: Pront’s Squalid Crime Thriller a Promising Debut Although we’ve seen certain tropes and characterizations aplenty, such as any number of disenfranchised families struggling...

  • Toni Erdmann | 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...

  • I, Daniel Blake | Review

    Brexit of Champions: Loach’s Unadorned Blue Collar Melodrama Rages against the Machine As he has been doing since he became an auteur of note in...

  • Old Stone | Review

    Stone Cold: Ma’s Bleak Debut Conveys the Uselessness of Doing the Right Thing Nice guys don’t get ahead, at least not if they’re part of...

  • Things to Come | Review

    Things Fall Apart: Hansen-Love Crafts Superb Scenario for Huppert Director Mia Hansen-Løve breathes majestic layers of complexity into her fifth feature, Things to Come, documenting...

  • I Am Not Madame Bovary | Review

    What Women Want: Feng’s Lusciously Filmed Satire a Wearying Critique on Cultural Custom Prolific Chinese director Xiaogang Feng, whose films are often well-regarded box office...

  • Cosmos | Blu-ray Review

    Kino Lorber announced US distribution rights to Polish auteur Andrzej Zulwaski’s Cosmos shortly before news broke of the filmmaker’s death following a struggle with cancer...

  • Evolution | Review

    Island of Lost Boys: Hadzihalilovic’s Triumphant Return to Enigmatic Filmmaking French director Lucile Hadzihalilovic returns to the director’s seat for the first time since 2004’s...

  • Free Fire | 2016 BFI London Film Festival Review

    Gunfight at Boston, MA: Wheatley’s Portrait of a Vicious Shootout Massachusetts, 1970s. More precisely, the docks of Boston, where plans for a weapons trade at...

  • Una | 2016 BFI London Film Festival Review

    Breaking the Taboo: Andrews’ Courageous Analysis of an Agonizing Affair A young woman confronts her predator after an interval of fifteen years in the taut...

  • Tampopo (1985) | Review

    Noodles and Co.: Itami’s Ramen Saga Retains Delightful Flavor Before the categorization of a cinematic movement affectionately referred to as ‘food porn,’ Japanese director Juzo...

  • Creepy | Review

    Social Disease: Kurosawa’s Aptly Titled Thriller Returns to Expressions of a Serial Killer Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa does double duty this year releasing two extravagant,...

  • The Handmaiden | Review

    Women in Revolt: Chan-wook’s Sumptuous Period Drama Wrestles with Romance, Revenge Following his 2013 English language debut, Stoker, South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook returns to...

  • True Crimes | 2016 Warsaw Film Festival Review

    Cold Communist Files: Avranas Paints Unorthodox Procedural into Mincing Eurotrash A late addition to the Greek Weird Wave thanks to his 2013 sophomore title Miss...

  • Aquarius | 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...

  • Being 17 | Review

    Changing Times: Téchiné Skews Youthful with Enjoyable Drama Director André Téchiné manages his most emotionally rewarding venture in well over a decade with Being 17,...

  • Betty (1992) | Review

    Betty’s Blue: Chabrol’s Compelling Character Study of Victimhood and Agency Claude Chabrol, dubbed the Alfred Hitchcock after rising out of the Nouvelle Vague, began his...