Recent Reviews

 

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

I was led on expecting an old fashioned women’s picture of a slightly stressed mom who needs a vacation or a flight of fancy and got hit with something heavier. Uh, uh, I mean ugh, somebody needs to give Cate Blanchett a tranquilizer and sedate […]

 
 

The Farewell

About 80 minutes into the deftly and emotionally supple 98-minute total of The Farewell, a major character darts out of a major family function and is seen running through […]

 
 

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s skill is too pruned and too precise to not make an interesting picture, a compulsively entertaining one and the freedom to make an eccentric one. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a supremely textured throwback […]

 
 

Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)

Sergio Leone often goes for pure visual storytelling without dialogue, but everything indeed is a sophisticated puzzle piece. At the time in 1969, Once Upon a Time in the West was thought of as an overblown western […]

 
 

The New World (2005)

In which Terrence Malick opens up the aperture of his camera to capture exquisite rays of natural light on Jamestown circa 1607, only to give us a limited geographical sight of it all. That flustered me about The New World when I first saw it in 2005 […]

 
 

The Perfume of Yvonne (1994)

The luscious French erotic drama/reverie The Perfume of Yvonne is a neglected piece by director Patrice Leconte who had revered international success in the 1990’s […]

 
 

Christiane F. (1981)

It’s like having your head washed in a toilet for a little more than two hours. Christiane F., from Germany, is one of the heralded foreign films of the early 1980’s, aggrandized by the shock value […]

 
 

Midsommar

The first image looks for a moment like a mood-setter throwaway, but director Ari Aster holds his camera on it. You look closer to see how peculiar it is, then realize, if the director is letting us gaze on this […]

 
 

Yesterday

The fast cutting is everywhere in Danny Boyle’s musical comedy Yesterday. But instead of being frenzied or disorienting, it is quite exemplary for […]

 
 

Dumbo (1941)

The 1941 Dumbo was the fourth Walt Disney film and a rush job for the studio, it is lean in the storytelling department running at a nimble 64-minutes […]

 
 

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 opens in a rainstorm where one of the toys is in danger of getting swept down the drainpipe, and what the message is imparting to its little ones […]

 
 

The Dead Don’t Die

Sleepy and mentally squishing to the point you walk out dumb and dumber after it’s over. If there’s one thing I learned in the course of two hours it’s that I cannot trust […]