Month: November 2018



I’ll admit to confusion when I learned that Steve McQueen – a filmmaker whose choices in projects lean more toward the conceptual and abstract – was going to make Widows, an obvious genre piece. That confusionRead Full Review


Creed II

Creed II retreads on familiar Rocky mythology in ways that Creed rewrote it. This sequel is an act of simple reconstruction, as opposed to the first film’s deconstruction. Not only do Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed and SylvesterRead Full Review


At Eternity’s Gate

It’s fascinating to me that a director as distinct as Julian Schnabel always finds himself making biopics, one of cinemas most traditional genres. With At Eternity’s Gate, Schnabel tells the story of Vincent van Gogh, withRead Full Review


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The tales within The Ballad of Buster Scruggs are collectively somber, though some certainly more than others. That the film comes from the Coen Brothers will always, on its own, make it more interesting, but toRead Full Review



Winning the Palme D’or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in 2018 seemed like a crowning moment for internationally-renowned film director Hirokazu Kore-eda. His latest film, Shoplifters, won the top prize at the festival, but unlikeRead Full Review


Boy Erased

The protagonist of Boy Erased leads an incredibly normal life. His father runs a Ford dealership in their Arkansas town, while his mother is a hairdresser. He succeeds in high school, plays on the basketball team,Read Full Review


Bohemian Rhapsody

I think one day we will get a documentary about the making Bohemian Rhapsody, a film that took nearly a decade to get made, went through a carousel of leading men and directors, was constantly pushedRead Full Review


The Other Side of the Wind

I’d imagine that most people who get around to The Other Side of the Wind – which is now available on Netflix – will wonder if this is a mess of a film, only hailed asRead Full Review


Monrovia, Indiana

The piercing of eyes of Frederick Wiseman take a look at a small town in America’s heartland in Monrovia, Indiana. As usual, Wiseman’s film has no talking heads, no narration, no guiding voice outside of Wiseman’sRead Full Review