Written by Michael Clawson 80/100 “Oh you naughty champagne. The things you made me do.” Whew! The thirst levels in this movie are off the charts. Sometimes literally, as when at least two different characters are so riled up with … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson Not Rated/100 Andy Ostroy’s Adrienne is a loving documentary portrait of Adrienne Shelly, the supremely magnetic, instantly recognizable actress and filmmaker who rose to indie stardom in the early ‘90s, but had her life tragically, horrifically … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson 60/100 A revenge thriller more determined to deliver exploitation kicks than psychological nuance, Sentinelle is generic but brisk, and solidly anchored by its lead, Olga Kurylenko. With committed, engaging intensity, Kurylenko plays Klara, a French soldier … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson 70/100 When their car breaks down on their way back to the city, a young, white artist couple, Anna and Tyler, are helped by a middle-aged black man named Clip (“as in audio clip”, he says), … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson 100/100 Cooled-down melodrama: with performances perfectly calibrated to be heightened but not histrionic, Haynes very often takes the camera and backs away, shooting through windows and doorways to actively avoid magnifying the emotion of a scene. … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson 70/100 The Nest in flyover country; tense marriage and family drama dressed up as a crime thriller rather than a horror movie, set amid the barren, snow-dusted streets and fields of small-town Utah in winter rather … Continue reading.
“The highest reaches of the actor's art begin, I believe, at the point where words cease to play a part.”Max Ophüls, Director of Letter from an Unknown Woman Links: Apple Podcasts | Castbox | Deezer | Gaana | Google Podcasts … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson 80/100 “Even when you’re with me, it doesn’t feel like you’re with me,” Eun-joo says to her husband, Heung-joo, near the end of Jang Woo-Jin’s spellbinding Winter’s Night. A late-middle-aged married couple who we meet as … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson 80/100 Giuseppe De Santis’ Bitter Rice is two great movies woven together for the price of one. The first is a richly detailed neorealist account of seasonal rice-field workers in Northern Italy, and the second, a … Continue reading.
“There's nothing better than finishing something and looking at it. Whether it be a script or a movie, it's this complete little thing that now exists and is hopefully immortal.”Cary Joji Fukunaga, Director of No Time to Die Links: Apple … Continue reading.