Tag: Film Review

Film Adaptation: On the Road

On the Road | Director Walter Salles | Score: 5.2 It’s not that I’m entirely unsympathetic to director Wallter Salles and screenwriter Jose Rivera and their largely ineffectual adaptation of the Jack Kerouac beat manifesto. In much the same way…

Film: Stoker

Stoker | Director Chan-wook Park | Score: 4.4 It’s not often that a team of sound designers is asked to carry the majority of the story in a feature film, but Chan-Wook Park’s peculiar gothic thriller relies so heavily on…

Documentary: The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers  |  Director Dror Moreh  |  Score: 6.6 Dror Moreh’s Oscar-nominated documentary opens with an aerial view of a maze of city streets somewhere in Israel from high above, through what appears to be a (simulated) military satellite camera,…

Film: West of Memphis

West of Memphis | Director Amy Berg | Score: 6.6 So, let’s go back to 1993, in the small Arkansas city of West Memphis (which could also be called Far East Arkansas for where it’s positioned in the state). On…

Film: Quartet

Quartet | Director Dustin Hoffman | Score: 5.2 You don’t have to work terribly hard to figure out why a greatly acclaimed and well-seasoned actor would choose to make a rare directorial effort with a film whose basis consists of…

Film: Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty | Director Kathryn Bigelow | Score: 7.7 The film opens black. A wash of noise rises up: TV news reports, frantic 911 calls, military and emergency radio toggling. At first it’s hard to pinpoint what we’re listening…

Film: Rust & Bone

Rust & Bone | Director Jacques Audiard | Score: 7.2 There is a watery trope played throughout French writer/director Jacques Audiard’s film, which begins with a dreamlike swirl of waves, bubbles and submersion in blue-tinged liquid, interwoven with close-up images…