Category D Reviews

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 […]

Simon Killer (Antonio Campos, 2013)

Simon Killer is essentially Leaving Las Vegas repackaged and diluted for the Hipster age. Instead of an alcoholic moving to the blood-sucking, soulless and hopeless city of Las Vegas, it’s a post-grad, elecro-rock-loving kid moving to Paris to get over a break-up. Leaving Las Vegas showed the dark-side of the glamorized but unlikely dreams of […]

Looper (Rian Johnson, 2012)

“Time travel hasn’t been invented yet, but in 30 years, it will have been.” It’s a line we hear more than once during Rian Johnson’s Looper, and in its use of the future perfect, it brings with it a degree of certainty. It’s not that time travel “will be invented,” which is still a prediction, […]

Number Seventeen (Alfred Hitchcock, 1932)

Alfred Hitchcock is a name that has come to define cinema in all its forms, be it in reflexive commentary on the art itself (Rear Window), mastery of mise-en-scene (Vertigo), suspenseful, powerful stories (North By Northwest),or by subverting and redefining all we hold dear in a sharply written horror show (Psycho). But regardless of what […]

Tiny Funiture (Lena Dunham, 2010)

Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture depicts a college graduate who returns home and finds herself without occupation, a boyfriend, and even an identity. Generally, such a description only scratches the surface of a film, but Tiny Furniture is content to be just that. Its minimalism is not inherently a flaw. In fact, minimalism is what allows […]

Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)

Style over substance is an all-too-common sin, and one that Paul Thomas Anderson succumbs to without much fight in Punch-Drunk Love (2002). The film follows lonely Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) in his search for love and his exploitation of a promotion that will earn him an abundance of frequent flyer miles (real-life inspiration: David Phillips). […]

The Dark Knight Rises

I figured a fitting first entry would be on the most anticipated film of the year. Fair warning first off: This review will contain major spoilers, and it is not recommended reading until you have seen The Dark Knight Rises. The Dark Knight Rises is the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s genre-redefining Batman trilogy, a franchise […]