Tag: film reviews

Inception

Inception  |  Director Christopher Nolan  |  Score: 7.4 Dreams are certainly the fuel behind most significant art. Our subconscious is able to make connections between disparate, random elements creating entirely new systems of order and chaos at the speed of…

Movie Review: Monsters

Monsters  |  Director Gareth Edwards  |  Score: 6.3 In what is a storied tradition in horror filmmaking, monsters are almost always handy stand-in metaphors for the cause célèbre of the day. Ergo, ‘body snatchers’ equate to McCarthyism, Alien aliens corporate…

The American

The American  |  Director Anton Corbijn  |  Score: 6.1 Appropriately enough, the vast majority of guns in this American assassin abroad film are equipped with silencers, the bullets barely make a sound before slicing through their given targets. The film…

Red Riding: Blu-ray Edition

Red Riding: Blu-ray Edition  |  Directors Julian Jarrold, James Marsh & Anand Tucker  |  Score: 6.8 The bodies of the dead largely outweigh those of the living in this curious triptych of films based on a quartet of novels by…

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire  |  Director Daniel Alfredson  |  Score: 4.9 Watching the second cinematic installment of Steig Larsson’s wildly popular novel trilogy, I was struck with a certain kind of filmic déjà vu. Almost all the flaws…

The Messenger

The Messenger  |  Director Oren Moverman  |  Score: 7.6 Ben Foster is the kind of actor who inhabits his roles so thoroughly, the first time you see him on screen, you assume whatever character he’s playing is his sole métier…

Collapse

Collapse  |  Director Chris Smith  |  Score: 6.9 The most amazing thing about Chris Smith’s latest documentary is that even after what amounts to an 82-minute monologue by investigative journalist Michael C. Ruppert, you still can’t tell what to make…

Breathless

Breathless  |  Dir. Jean-Luc Godard  |  Score: 7.8 The cigarette smoke is so thick and luminous in Godard’s infamous 1960 cinematic breakthrough, it hangs in the air like jungle steam, most often coming from the finger-thick Lucky Strike perpetually hanging…

Splice

Splice  |  Director Vincenzo Natali  |  Score: 3.7 Things that go goop in the night. Ah, yes, the dubious genetic science monster movie, we meet again. I have a biochemist friend who is always decrying the “science” in Hollywood films…