Tag Archives: Romance

Love & Mercy (2014)

Sometimes there’s nothing wrong with a film, it just doesn’t grab you. Love & Mercy is a fine film. It has solid performances, an atypical approach to the band film, and solid stints of music. I wonder if it’s my general indifference to the ‘60s music scene or maybe it’s the lack of context that holds the film back. Compare Love & Mercy to Inside Llewyn Davis, a film brimming with context and a vibrant sense of place and time. Continue reading Love & Mercy (2014)

The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

Sometimes, the idea of a film is better than what exists. Duke of Burgundy is such a film. A story of sex, desire, and butterflies. There’s a lot to like here: The clinical tone, the kinky side of sex, the dynamics of submission and power expressed through sexuality. And the film does it all tastefully without any nudity and leaving a lot to the audience’s imagination. Continue reading The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

Jane Got a Gun (2016)

The elephant in the room is Lynne Ramsay being pulled from the project. It’s a shame, because there’s a great film inside here, but it’s so clearly in the hands of the wrong director. Gavin O’Connor does an admirable job, but it’s clear he’s out of his depth. Warrior and Miracle are interesting explorations of the softer side of masculinity where Jane Got a Gun is a look at the harder side of femininity. This is Ramsay’s jam. Her films Movern Callar and We Need to Talk About Kevin are fascinating explorations of this idea. Continue reading Jane Got a Gun (2016)

Queen of Earth (2015)

Elizabeth Moss is aces here. It made me poke around in her filmography and realize she hasn’t quite made it in Hollywood yet. She gets some bit parts in big movies, but hasn’t been the lead in any top-tier films. But she’s fantastic in everything I’ve seen her in. She’s amazing in the bits of Mad Men I’ve seen and a fantastic lead in Top of the Lake. And she was to die for in The One I Love. I wonder if she’s a bit too odd. Her face is unconventional, as is some of her mannerisms, but that’s part of what makes her performances much more distinct from your typical actress. I’d love to see her make it big because more people need to be exposed to her work. Continue reading Queen of Earth (2015)

The Lobster (2015)

Greek writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos has a knack for creating films that are both deeply disturbing and riotously funny. While I found Dogtooth to be distressing to the point of hating it, Alps is one of the funniest films of the past five years, a bone-dry comedy about a disturbing service. The Lobster is a worthy followup that focuses on the perils of modern romance. Continue reading The Lobster (2015)