The action, as it were, is mostly the exhaustively filmed grappling of two beautiful people in no-star motels.
Film Review: “Lost Illusions” — 19th Century French Corruption Makes for Thrilling Entertainment
Winner of seven Cesars, this mordant portrait of the corrupt Parisian press mid 19th century, along with the commodification of just about everything, speaks loudly to the internet era.
Film Review: “The Northman” — You-Are-There with the Viking Beserkers, Nuttiness and Magic Galore
The Northman is grounded in a manically precise capture of the Nordic world of the 9th century AD, but refracted through the lens of a whacked-out visionary in a spew of eye-popping images.
Film Review: “C’mon c’mon” — Taking Care of Kids
For a movie starring a kid, this one is adroitly crafted and goes easy on the treacle.
Film Review: “Red Rocket” — A Dog’s Life
No woman, I’m willing to bet, could have filmed the sex scenes in Red Rocket. She would have cracked up laughing or thrown up.
Film Review: Pedro Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers” — Let It Bear You Away
Pedro Almodovar’s latest, Parallel Mothers, sets up a dialectic between women’s regenerative powers and the blood-soaked history of pre-WWII Spain.
Film Review: Nicholas Jarecki’s “Crisis” — Death, Opioids, and Corporate Greed
Crisis takes on the opioid crisis – which has killed more people than the war in Vietnam — and gives corporate villainy (Big Pharma) the Hollywood treatment.
Film Review: “French Exit’ — In This Absurdist Romp a Diva Makes a Grand Exit
Defiant and tonally offbeat, French Exit mirrors, in a sense, its female protagonist, who doesn’t give a damn what the world thinks of her.
Film Review: “The World to Come” — A Haunting Female Frontier Romance
The excitement of these films – perhaps the word frisson would not be amiss – is that these women are envisioned as explorers in the land of Eros, map-makers of new terrain, discovering and inventing love as they go.
Film Review: Freud Never Asked What Men Want, “The Climb” Tells Us
The terrific The Climb looks at bro-bonding in a way you’ve never quite seen.