It’s impossible to watch Blue is the Warmest Color for the first time without it being the “lesbian coming of age film.” That’s not because it actually is that film, of course, but because months of controversy centered on the application of gaze theory and interviews with director Abdellatif Kechiche and actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and […]
There’s a hallucinatory weirdness to Jan Němec’s debut feature, Diamonds of the Night, which is matched only by Luis Buñuel’s Un Chien Andalou, the cinema’s flagship entry for “hallucinatory weirdness.” Němec doesn’t pile the surrealism on quite as heavily (how could he?), but he sees no issue with putting flashbacks, hallucinations, reality, and fantasy altogether, […]
Spike Jonze’s Her takes place in an unrecognizable Los Angeles (shot both in L.A. and Shanghai) in which Siri has been replaced with an operating system, OS1, that is basically sentient, able not just to talk like a human but to pick up on tone and body language like one, too. That means that people […]
Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men opens with a man (Clive Owen) ordering a cup of coffee, watching a news report about the murder of “Baby Diego,” the youngest person on the planet. People all around him are grieving the death of the 18 year-old, but the man, Theo, gets his coffee and the camera follows […]
At the time of writing, the Wikipedia page for All is Lost has a section that reads nothing more than “A man is lost at sea and struggles to survive.” The only amendment I would make is adding that he wakes up to water rushing into the interior because of a collision with a shipping […]
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Followers, It’s that time of the year again, when I’m watching more movies at such a pace, usually right before class, that I don’t even know what to do. I’ll be covering the New York Film Festival for The Film Stage, and my first review to post is of James Franco’s Child of God, which […]