Reading Time: 3 minutes Combat ruins good character. So wrote Jonathan Shay in Achilles in Vietnam. In this psychological classic, he synthesized state of the art PTSD knowledge with a deep dive into Homer’s epics. In Benediction, writer/director Terence Davies reaches the same conclusion with his portrait of Siegfried Sassoon, British poet of the Great War. Davies also reminds […]
Reading Time: 9 minutes To celebrate AAPI month, we honor the Asian-American filmmakers who have changed the landscape of cinema. The Curse of Quon Gwon (1917) -dir. Marian E. Wong Only two of an estimated seven or eight reels (approximately 35 minutes) survive of the earliest known Asian American produced feature, and any copies of the screenplay or production […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Writer/director David Lowery post-modernizes the Arthurian legend, with fabulous results.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The Card Counter may not be the 9/11 movie we want, but it’s the 9/11 film we deserve. We’d love to think firefighters rushing into the Twin Towers are the best representation of the American spirit, but sorry, an MP from Abu Ghraib and a private military profiteer carrying on with impunity are far more […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes The standup comic veers from hilarious to dark in this brilliant, claustrophobic capture of a COVID year.
Reading Time: 4 minutes A superb overview of the AIDS crisis awaits perusers of the book and documentary of the same title, both brainchildren of journalist David France.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Two new films – a dark comedy and a conventional whodunit – reflect our efforts to find meaning in the face of violence.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage are delightful sparring partners over a high-stakes legal guardianship scam.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The latest horror film from A24 will resonate uncomfortably with those who were once zealous young converts.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Werner Herzog and co-director Clive Oppenheimer wrap up my first (and hopefully, last) stay-at-home film fest with a geek-tastic look at meteorites.