Feb 18, 2013

Side Effects

I can’t imagine a subtler thriller than Steven Soderbergh’s SIDE EFFECTS, if, that is, it is a thriller at all. For one is never quite sure, until the whole thing is over, just what sort of movie ...
Jan 30, 2013

Amour

The critic Stanley Kauffmann once listed what he saw as the key differences between theatre and film. His most interesting and yet least developed point was that what he calls “the effects of death...
Jan 12, 2013

Anna Karenina

I saw Joe Wright’s ANNA KARENINA a while ago and didn’t know what to think about it. This is not to say that I did not have feelings, thoughts, and sensations while watching it, that some of those...
Jan 4, 2013

On the Road

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road  was a literary rush when I read it sometime in the 1980s, the perfect expression of a sort of counter-mythology to the mainstream myth of the American Dream. The Dream m...
Jan 4, 2013

Tabu

I admit to a certain disappointment in the Portuguese director Miguel Gomes’s TABU, widely praised as a neo-surrealist masterpiece, and indeed with a number of engrossing qualities. It is visually s...
Dec 29, 2012

A Royal Affair

I took great pleasure in A ROYAL AFFAIR. For one thing, it acquainted me for the first time with an historical event of considerable drama and importance, involving a struggle for the throne of Denmar...
Nov 23, 2012

Price Check

If I had to have a newly appointed Boss from Hell in a regional office of market research for a chain grocery corporation who starts off her tenure with a symbolic firing, makes the company Halloween ...
Nov 21, 2012

Skyfall

Now that Moore, Roger Moore has declared that Craig, Daniel Craig has overtaken Connery, Sean Connery as the best Bond ever, it may be time to reflect upon the whole Bond enterprise and why it has end...
Nov 14, 2012

Holy Motors

In HOLY MOTORS Denis Lavant plays Oscar, a gnarly and dissipated man who is driven around Paris in a limousine to keep “appointments” for which he dons costume and makeup and performs violent or o...
Nov 12, 2012

Café de Flore

Antoine is happy, the narrator of CAFÉ DE FLORE informs us, in the presence of the blond mistress for whom he has left his wife as a result of a shared glance at a Quebec nightclub It was an instanta...