Monthly Archives: March 2013

Blue Caprice (Alexander Moors, 2013)

Blue Caprice begins with archival footage of shootings by the Beltway snipers accompanied by actual 911 phone calls. It’s the only documentary aspect of a film that, by the writer’s account, is a “hypothesis” of what may have led to the Beltway snipers, and indeed, the credits include a note that the film is based […]

To The Wonder (Terrence Malick, 2013)

Over at No Ripcord, my review of To The Wonder, the latest from Terrence Malick. http://www.noripcord.com/reviews/film/wonder

Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2013)

Is it bad on purpose, or is it just bad? If it is bad on purpose, what does that tell us? After the initial shock, the reliving of various James Franco monologues—most of all an off-the-rails, materialistic “look at all my shit!” moment that is funny on multiple levels—these are the questions that will determine […]

Ginger & Rosa (Sally Potter, 2013)

This was one of my favorites at NYFF, after Amour and Holy Motors. My review is up at The Film Stage: http://thefilmstage.com/reviews/review-ginger-rosa/

Beyond The Hills (Cristian Mungiu, 2013)

Also up at The Film Stage is my review of Mungiu’s follow-up to one of my favorite films, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. I was fortunate to see this one twice before reviewing it, and the result is, I think, one of my better reviews. Check it out right here: http://thefilmstage.com/reviews/review-beyond-the-hills/

The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980)

The Elephant Man is an example of how not trying to do too much is sometimes the most you can do. Today, we see David Lynch as a director who never really just “pulls a Lynch.” There always exists separation from one movie to the next, and although you can easily draw comparisons and common […]

Reality (Matteo Garrone, 2013)

In the early days of television, the cinema had a tendency to insert critical discourse, sometimes in obvious ways, sometimes in more subtle ways. To name a few, you had the explicitness of Elia Kazan’s A Face In The Crowd, still one of the most complex and thoughtful understandings of media to be put to […]