Tag Archives: Films

Mother! (2017)

Mother! weaves so many threads and asks so many questions that grappling with the whole picture in less than 1000 words is daunting. In many ways, the film is about the entire history of humanity condensed into one house and two hours of run-time. Evoking both the life-cycles of The Fountain and the Judeo Christian traditions of Noah, writer/director Darren Aronofsky uses Mother! to meld of his Eastern and Western ideas into one film. Continue reading Mother! (2017)

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

What is the power of a story? As much as people enjoy stories, it’s often easy to dismiss stories, especially works of fiction, as things that hold little power or meaning. The self-important and pragmatic will often dismiss works of fiction as “just stories,” the kind of material meant to teach children basic moral lessons or feed the minds of less high-minded people. Continue reading Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Jamaica Inn (1939)

Alfred Hitchcock’s British productions are strange ebb and flow of unsuitable projects, promising pictures, and magnificent works. By the time he makes The Lady Vanishes, his voice is clear. The building tension and the dry, dark humor produced many lovely films. But Hitchcock continued to struggle in the British film system and Jamaica Inn would be his final British production: a frustrating picture maligned by studio politics. Continue reading Jamaica Inn (1939)

Okja (2017)

From scene to scene and performance to performance, Okja is an ever-shifting, tonally inconsistent mess. On moment it’s a shrill satire, the next moment a heartwarming children’s story, and the next moment an earnest activist drama. It’s an intriguing mess, one that is hard to pin down because of how many pieces are at odds with each other, but not everything interesting is also good. Continue reading Okja (2017)

The Salesman (2016)

Asghar Farhadi continues to write and direct some of the most gripping dramas in all of cinema. His breakthrough film About Elly (2009) is a restrained, broiling drama that would go on to define his films. A Separation came out two years later, was nominated for a best foreign film Oscar and demonstrated that Farhadi had a captivating style of filmmaking. In 2013 he made The Past, a coproduction with France with a story of Iranian immigrants caught up in dark secrets being unearthed. Continue reading The Salesman (2016)