Dontnod’s Life is Strange is a rare delight in video games: one built around a cast of relatable characters that come across as human and strong as the best stories in any medium. While the medium lacks the realism and nuance of a human performance, it’s a reminder of how far games have strived when a video game story can be as bold, moving and gripping as primetime TV or award-winning movies. Continue reading Life is Strange
This film is an egg. The surface is sleek, pristine, and polished, it glistens with this sort of pristine purity, a film so in love with films, with romance and with period pieces that it would be hard to ask for a bigger love letter to Hollywood cinema in both its golden era and monster movie glory. Continue reading The Shape of Water (2017)
Christine (Saoirse Ronan), a teenager attending a Catholic school in Sacramento, insisting that everyone call her Lady Bird. She never explains the reason behind the name, but she probably imagines it conjures a person of importance like the former first lady. In reality, her life is about as pedantic as Hank Hill’s dog of the same name. It’s a goofy name, but it’s the one she wants to have. Continue reading Lady Bird (2017)
Spoilers: The film is discussed at length.
Frank Borzage’s 1930 adaptation of the Hungarian play Liliom is less notable than two other adaptations of the same material. The 1934 adaptation of Liliom was directed by Fritz Lang, one of the great German Expressionism directors who is more well known than Borzage. Liliom would later ba adapted into the stage musical Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which would be adapted into a feature film in 1956. Continue reading Liliom (1930)
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)