Review: Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating...In THE KIDNAPPING OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ

Michel Houellebecq, the énfant terrible of French Literature, is regarded by many as the best European writer to emerge in decades. My first Houellebecq was Elementary Particles in the late 90s- the book was repulsive, depraved, nihilistic and shocking but... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: COMMUNITY S6E03, "Basic Crisis Room Decorum," One Doggone Night At Greendale

"Basic Crisis Room Decorum" doesn't in any way shape or form attempt to wow us with a hairband scheme, wacky hijinks, blockbuster homages, or even, despite that title, sensational End-Of-Greendale crises.It starts with what sounds like some rather pressing news... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: DEATHGASM Rocks!

Not since the days of video store browsing has there been a horror movie quite as demonically satisfying as Deathgasm. This is simply because they just don't make 'em like they used to. But even when they used to, more... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: T-REX, Portrait Of A Boxer As A Young Woman

"It was just something I liked to do," explains Claressa Shields, aka T-Rex. What she likes to do is box, which sets her apart from her high school classmates in Flint, Michigan (better known to documentary film devotees as the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: All In For The MANSON FAMILY VACATION

When the Manson story broke, the hardest question on the minds of parents everywhere was 'how is it possible that seemingly good kids could be taken under such a nefarious wing and convinced to commit two of the century's most... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

ND/NF 2015 Review: Preparing For Apocalypse In PARABELLUM

It's early morning. We begin with a lush landscape. The camera slowly pans to reveal more tranquil greenery. The opening of Parabellum reminds you of the opening scene of Carlos Reygada's Silent Light, except for an imposing beat of electro... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

ND/NF 2015 Review: MERCURIALES, A Daring Little Fairy Tale In The Concrete Jungle

The film starts with a young black man getting a tour on the first day of his job as security personnel in Les Mercuriales, the twin skyscrapers, which eerily resemble the World Trade Center, situated in an industrial neighborhood in... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: UNCLE JOHN Spins Mystery, Murder, And Romance Into A Tantalizing Web

Beginning in medias res, Uncle John spins a delicate web of intrigue and mystery. The titular character (John Ashton) is introduced as he's (probably) up to no good, a suspicion that is quickly confirmed for the audience but not for... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: ONE AND TWO Adds Up To Something Almost Magical

Isolation can be a killer. For the children who are the heart and soul of One and Two, that's especially so, given that they have been raised in isolation, surrounded by a giant wall. Eva (Kiernan Shipka, Mad Men) and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: UNCLE KENT 2 Doesn't Care About This Review

...If it did, this write up would be for a very different film. One, perhaps, closer in resemblance to Uncle Kent 1 - a Joe Swanberg Sundance selection from 2011 that, by no means, begs for a sequel.So what is... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Review: INSURGENT Is Dystop-less

Part two of the big screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling series of YA sci-fi novels boasts a larger budget and sharper hairstyles than its predecessor, but remains incapable of stepping out from the long shadow cast by rival franchise... More »
By James Marsh   
  

ND/NF 2015 Review: K Transposes Kafka to Inner Mongolia

Here is a thought: what if Kafka's Castle was transposed from the cramped, dreary, dark Eastern European city to the airy, spacious word of Inner Mongolia? It is realized by Mongolian director Darhad Erdenibulag and English born Emyr ap Richard... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: SPRING, Life And The Future, Embraced With The Romance Of Cinema

"You saw me all fucked up and I am still here." So says Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) to his Italian girlfriend, Louise (Nadia Hilker), after discovering that her 'little secret' is well outside his comfort zone. It is this moment,... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: Eugène Green's LA SAPIENZA Reaches Beyond Knowledge and Beauty

La Sapienza is the latest from Eugène Green, an American born, French filmmaker known for his highly theatrical, Bressonian films. Highly esoteric, the film will undoubtedly turn off many viewers with its intentionally stilted acting where actors often address the... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

ND/NF 2015 Review: TU DORS NICOLE, A Charming, Deftly Surrealistic Slacker Comedy

Quebec based filmmaker Stéphane Lefleur's wry slacker comedy Tu dors Nicole (You Are Sleeping, Nicole) stars Julianne Côté in the title role of Nicole, a 20 something young woman with one foot still firmly lodged in childhood and the other... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: COMMUNITY S601 & 602, "Weird, Passionate, And Gross."

"And Jesus wept. For there were no more worlds to conquer..."You'll excuse me for paraphrasing Dean Pelton's own paraphrasing of Hans Gruber and Alexandre The Great, but not only was his line one of the funniest bits on the second... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: BETTER CALL SAUL S1E07, BINGO (Or, Building Up An Immunity To Electromagnetism)

Theft is at the heart of "Bingo", whether it's the Kettlemans and their theft of the money in the first place, Mike's theft of it back, Jimmy's perceived theft of the Kettlemans as clients from HHM, or Mike and Jimmy's... More »
By Simon Cocks   
  

FICUNAM 2015 Review: The Ritual of Emasculation In Genre-Bender I STAY WITH YOU

Excessive, mindless and often weird violence is being carried out by testosterone fueled male hands. Or at least, that´s the stereotype usually assigned to XY chromosome wielding part of mankind, while women are deemed the gentler sex in every... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: 6 YEARS And The Undeniable Intimacy

Young love can be so damn difficult. This is the fertile soil tilled in Hannah Fidell's 6 Years, the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut feature A Teacher. Like in that film, Fidell employs a distinctly naturalistic filmmaking style... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

SXSW 2015 Review: WE ARE STILL HERE, A Refreshing Yet Disturbing Thriller

The quiet before the storm is unsettling. It's a beautiful winter day in 1979. Anne (Barbara Crampton) and Paul (Andrew Sensenig) are driving to their new life in a new home in New England. Paul drives, calmly, while Anne emotes,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  
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