Jun 21, 2012

To Rome with Love

Woody Allen’s cinematic tour of Europe, having taken us to London, Barcelona and Paris, now sets down in Rome. There’s an obvious Fellini tribute in how the movie is framed, à la Roma, with a Ro...
Jun 21, 2012

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

I enjoyed the Hudson Valley and Catskills settings of PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING, where I used to spend a lot of time, and which have a picturesque charm. They also seem a little frozen in tim...
May 15, 2012

Elles

I went to this for Juliette Binoche, who is my choice for the finest international film actress of her generation. She does not disappoint. But ELLES, even though it traverses familiar thematic territ...
Mar 29, 2012

4:44 • Melancholia

The last day on earth, if it were known in advance and calculated to the minute, would surely be the greatest case of a watched pot never boiling in history, until, of course, it did.  With 4:44: TH...
Mar 13, 2012

Silent House

The advance notices have been a bit unfair to Chris Kentis and Laura Lau‘s SILENT HOUSE. They have made it impossible to experience the film’s aesthetic structure – it was ostensibly shot in...
Feb 16, 2012

Hugo

Judging by HUGO, 3D has come a long way since The Creature from the Black Lagoon, which, if you see it in revival, is a fun glimpse of ’50s pop history, but as cinema, well… Counterintuiti...
Feb 11, 2012

Shame

In the most memorable scene in Steve McQueen‘s SHAME, Carey Mulligan sings a version of “New York, New York” stripped of romanticism and false promise, utterly resigned to the fact t...
Feb 7, 2012

Crazy Horse

Frederick Wiseman‘s documentary about a Parisian erotic dance club, which I went to upon hearing of its profound sociological content from the New York Times, is every bit as engrossing as promi...
Feb 1, 2012

Coriolanus

My suspicion is that a lot of people would find this film version of Shakespeare’s CORIOLANUS to be tough going, and for a good ways into it, I was one of them. The early images struck me as heavy-h...
Jan 27, 2012

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I have no doubt that, if compelled under pain of death and force of arms to watch Meryl Streep play Maggie – or, somewhat more willingly, to see Michelle Williams portray the pitch-perfect Marilyn ...