My Top 20 Films of the Decade: v. 0.0

Talking to a friend of mine the other day, we found ourselves musing over what the best films of the decade were. He had his own ideas, and I had at least three which immediately came to mind, which led me to say, off-handedly, that I should compile a list of the decade’s best at…

2016 Rising, Actus Tertius: Reflections

It’s time to close the door on 2015. Past time, even. But I wanted to round off this awards season, as patchy as my coverage of it may have been, with a poll (seen above), some statistical fun, and some reflection on my awards past.

European Film Awards Nominations

The European Film Awards recently announced their nominations. You can argue their relative prestige, but analyzing lists of nominees is so much fun that I don’t really care. European Film: Force Majeure Ida Leviathan Nymphomaniac – Director’s Cut Winter Sleep

THE CONGRESS Review – ***½

“Robin Wright, playing a fictionalized version of herself, agrees to be digitally scanned so her avatar can star in films indefinitely; 20 years later, this technology reaches an absurdly logical conclusion. Absolutely fascinating look at celebrity culture run amuck, much of it in surreal animation representing a hallucinogenic alternate world. Beautifully made by Ari Folman,…

THE ZERO THEOREM Review – ***

The name Terry Gilliam and the words “checkered career” seem to go hand in hand. After Time Bandits was a hit, both Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen fell victim to studio politics, and the latter, which had gone well over-budget, was a massive bomb. But The Fisher King was a success (even winning an Oscar for Mercedes Ruehl’s performance), and 12 Monkeys became…

The NBR Project: 2013

Good God, how long was it since I first decided to do this project? (7 months? Shame, shame.) And I haven’t even made all that much headway. I’ve still got a ton of Top 10 films from over the years to watch, but I’ve been trying to watch more movies from my collection lately, so,…

MOOD INDIGO Review – **

I confess I’m at a disadvantage here. I’ve only seen the shortened North American release version; it was cut from around 130 minutes in France to around 90 minutes here. This was apparently in response to mixed reviews from the French release, and according to some, especially Boyd van Hoeij at Indiewire, the film is…

VENUS IN FUR – ***

Venus in Fur is, to put it plainly, a trifle. A trifle is hardly the worst thing a film could be, but for a critically-acclaimed outing from an Oscar-winning director, I expected a little more. But let’s break down the Rotten Tomatoes consensus on the film. “Provocative, funny, and brilliantly acted, Venus in Fur finds Roman Polanski in…

SNOWPIERCER Review – ****

Anticipation can be a killer. I looked forward to Snowpiercer for so long–and that long in part because of a battle between Harvey Weinstein and Bong Joon-ho over which cut to release in North America–that I was quite reasonably afraid that the end result would be a letdown. And while my first viewing was most enjoyable, I…