Category Archives: film

Best Films of 2014

Here is my list of the best films of the year, along with links to those I’ve had the chance to review: 1. Inherent Vice 2. Mr. Turner 3. National Gallery 4. The Immigrant 5. Under the Skin 6. Venus … Continue reading

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R. I. P. Mike Nichols

From cutting-edge standup to New Hollywood cinema and beyond, his influence was incalculable. Here’s my take on The Graduate, one of his all-time masterworks.

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Le Jour Se Lève (Marcel Carné, 1939)

“Le Jour Se Lève typically gets shoehorned, along with a handful of other collaborations between director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, into a filmic historical movement known by the oxymoronic catchall “poetic realism.” But, in many ways, it’s more … Continue reading

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Demons 2 (Lamberto Bava, 1986)

“Looking spectacular on Synapse’s otherwise barebones Blu-ray, Demons 2 trades in its predecessor’s penchant for wall-to-wall gore in favor of surreal shocks and quasi-Cronenbergian craziness.” Read my entire review of Lamberto Bava’s surreal successor to Demons, out this week in … Continue reading

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The Vincent Price Collection II (Various, 1959-1972)

“The Vincent Price Collection II trumps the sophomore slump through the inclusion of several top-notch films, an overall excellent audio-visual presentation, and a bevy of bonus materials from Shout! Factory.” Read my whole review of Shout! Factory’s admirable followup, out … Continue reading

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Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski, 2013)

“Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur is a deceptively simple two-hander. Superficially, the film seems to unfold as a textbook study of role reversal (that staple of the psychodrama) in the tragicomic mode.” Read my whole review of Polanski’s perversely engrossing … Continue reading

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Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)

“Like the anonymous entwined bodies glimpsed in its opening moments, things tend to commingle in Alain Resnais’s revolutionary first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour. Marguerite Duras’s oblique script builds on an ever-shifting groundwork of spatial and temporal indeterminacies, a structural technique … Continue reading

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