This week, our quartet is most enthusiastic over The Triangle, the Montana-set film that should be seen without advance knowledge of the plot. Also on the list are: the documentary Whose Streets?; Topophilia, a portrait of the Trans-Alaska pipeline; a restored Monterey Pop; revival of the still timely Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956); and on… More
Scratch any number of films and you will find a legacy of remakes, adaptations, reboots, and translations into other media. A prime example comes in the form of the new Criterion Blu-Ray edition of The Breaking Point, which has an interesting history. The film is based on a Hemingway… More
After a tender eulogy to the late Jeanne Moreau, a reduced staff discusses the Hitler-assassination movie 13 Minutes; the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap and the straight-to-video Savage Dog, and revivals of certain great crime films, Double Indemnity and Violent Saturday.
An unusually long show as the team (Ed, Jordan, Mona, and DKH) catches up on some recent releases, including Atomic Blonde, based on the comic book The Coldest City, War for the Planet of the Apes, third in the new series, Dunkirk, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (also from a comic book),… More
Among the films under discussion this week are: the family thriller First Kill with Bruce Willis; the hit-and-run mystery from France, Moka; Score, the documentary about movie music; a revival of The Connection, by Shirley Clark from 1961; more David Lynch in Dune; and Jean-Pierre Melville’s iconic Le Samourai.
For the week of July 14, here’s what’s on tap. The team discusses the new films and events Letters from Baghdad: The True Story of Gertrude Bell and Iraq, the kids movie Swallows and Amazons, Mixed Match, a documentary about donors, Bertrand Tavernier’s My Journey Through French Cinema, and the ballet of A Midsummer Night’s… More
Roberto Rossellini’s The War Trilogy still holds cinematic power 60 years later. In the twilight of its life cycle, the DVD has finally achieved – or stumbled upon – an educational and clever use of its own technology. It’s the video essay. What you… More
Among the films opening on July 7 we begin with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which receives an enthusiastic review, followed by: the WWII romantic thriller The Exception, with Christopher Plummer and Eddie Marsan; The Journey, a drama about a key moment meant to end the Irish Troubles, with Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney (both at the Living… More
This week there are enthusiastic reviews of the new version of The Beguiled, and Edgar Wright’s car chase heist movie musical Baby Driver, In the art house world there are retrospectives going on for both Jonathan Demme and Steven Spielberg. Among revivals there is the 20th anniversary of The Fifth Element, and the Church of… More