Category D- Reviews

Compliance (Craig Zobel, 2012)

“Inspired by true events.” “Based on a true story.” Those are two common phrases that sometimes precede a fiction film and tell the audience that a similar occurrence in real life is the basis of the film. The key words are “Inspired by” and “Based on,” not “true.” This is still a fictional film, which […]

Rubber (Quentin Dupieux, 2010)

“No reason.” That’s what a character in Rubber says directly to the audience in the film’s first scene. Why was E.T. brown? “No reason.” Then it attempts humor, rather unsuccessfully, as it asks why the president was assassinated in Oliver Stone’s JFK, and why some people like sausage and others don’t. “No reason.” Why did […]

Pieta (Kim Ki-duk, 2013)

Kim Ki-duk’s 18th feature, Pieta, takes its name from the moment that Mary cradled the body of the Jesus’ dead body, and in particular art that depicts such a moment. Watching Kim’s feature, one would think that he took the name solely to provide some kind of spiritual meaning to his film, as it contains […]

The Place Beyond The Pines (Derek Cianfrance, 2013)

The Place Beyond The Pines makes it clear: Derek Cianfrance is being touted as an important new voice in American independent filmmaking, partially because he has had the fortune of working with similarly touted actors like Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling (star of both Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines) and now Bradley Cooper, […]

Brick (Rian Johnson, 2005)

Very few things make a cinephile giddier than a genre-conscious homage film—at least in theory. When such films are done right they are far more than a just a trivia game where viewers try to guess the reference. They build genre tropes from the ground up, serving to enlighten with regards to film history, provide […]