Bergen International Film Festival 2016 There’s an inherent predicament in Werner Herzog’s more contemporary work. As a man many would regard as one of the foremost documentary filmmakers of all time continues to push out brilliant and idiosyncratic work, he cannot … Continue reading BIFF 2016: Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
It is film festival season again, and we are ready to cover Bergen International Film Festival in Norway for the third consecutive year. BIFF 2016 marks the festival’s seventeenth anniversary, and as always their program is varied and huge; heavy festival … Continue reading Movies to watch at BIFF 2016
The Cannes Film Festival kicks off this week, and as a small appetizer for those who are attending – and consolation prize for those of us who are not – we’ve gotten two clips from Xavier Dolan’s sixth feature film, Juste la … Continue reading Watch to clips from Xavier Dolan’s Juste la fin du monde
Times have changed since J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise was published in 1975, but with Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel, we get a vigorous reminder of how untruthful that actually is through a kinetic juncture of excessive decadence as the residents of a hierarchic high-rise collectively erupt into chaos.
There is a moment in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity that made me realize a crucial truth about the latter half of the director’s oeuvre. Continue reading It’s all in the frame: Children of Men and the unspoken stories
A few years ago a Russian indie rock band called Biting Elbows gained worldwide attention when they released a violent and effects-heavy music video with a first person perspective, directed by the band’s frontman Ilya Naishuller. Now Mr. Naishuller has … Continue reading First Person Action: Hardcore Henry’s strange kinship to Video Games and Virtual Reality
Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love (lo sono l’amore) is a grandiloquent and sensual epos about love, family and legacy, where Tilda Swinton gives perhaps the most idiosyncratic performance of her (very impressive and diverse) career. Guadagnino and Swinton are back in collaboration with A Bigger … Continue reading Review: A Bigger Splash
There are moments in Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York that deserves to stand next to the works of our greatest philosophers, and while it may be premature to declare it Kaufman’s magnum opus, I don’t think it’s unfair to say … Continue reading Review: Anomalisa
I did not expect to like this movie at all, quite the opposite in fact. When I heard Michael Bay was set to direct a movie about the Benghazi attacks, I was certain it would turn out to be a tasteless exploitation of the tragic events that occurred on September 11. 2012, and this notion was only reinforced when Bay said “it avoids the politics”. So, imagine my surprise when it wasn’t a complete and utter mess.