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)