Written by Michael Clawson "Written, directed, and edited by Ted Fendt, “Outside Noise” lyrically splits the difference between conventional narrative filmmaking and the avant-garde. It’s a movie held together by the thinnest of plots..."… Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson "While it seems like the Dardennes brothers’ stock might have fallen in recent years, their distinct brand of social realism continues to be influential. Case in point: Laura Wandel’s “Playground,” the Belgian filmmaker’s feature debut..."… Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson Perceptive and patient, “Mr. Bachmann and His Class” is worth its near four-hour runtime. Directed with care and warmth by German filmmaker Maria Speth, this stimulating and affecting documentary unfolds over the course of several months … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson Shot mostly in static long takes that don’t hold much sway, what loveliness there is in the Georgian drama “Comets” is minimized by chemistry that feels forced. The story centers on Irina and Nana (Nino Kasradze … Continue reading.
Our Drink in the Movies team have compiled a comprehensive year-end piece that provides a shared look at each of our top 10 films of 2021. You can see their selected titles… Continue reading.
Written by Alexander Reams 56/100 We have now entered the era of COVID-19 cinema. I firmly believe that this will become the new plague of modern cinema. Many call the MCU or comic book films as a whole, a plague … Continue reading.
Written by Alexander Reams 78/100 As someone who grew up in a Christian household, and who still holds the religion and is a practicing member, I understand the want for that sense of community, and there is much division among … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson 80/100 The pressure and worry bearing down Su-hyeon and Ji-young (Cho Hyun-Chul and Kim Sae-byeok) manifests in slumped shoulders, heavy eyes, and hushed conversations; they may be mild-mannered by nature, but their nervousness about being abruptly … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson 80/100 A leading light in modern Chinese cinema, filmmaker Jia Zhangke is far better known for his fiction work than his documentaries. That’s not exactly surprising. Jia is widely regarded for his incisive explorations of political, … Continue reading.
Written by Michael Clawson 90/100 Rather than filing into the stream of Tokyo office workers headed to their desks like he used to each morning, Ryūhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) suddenly finds himself routinely getting in line at his neighborhood soup … Continue reading.