I could write a book on this film. Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy is one of those rare films that continues to yield more and more meaning, nuance and depth for me with each viewing. I’ve already written about the idea of originality both in art and life in my original review. I’ve also written about how Certified Copy uses ambiguity in order to offer a self-reflexive critique of cinema in two separate academic projects. I could write about the deep themes of this film from several different angles, but this time I’ll write about the aspect of the film I’ve written about the least: what Certified Copy has to say about human relationships.
Die Hard: With a Vengeance is an odd duck. As an action film, it’s not all that strange, but for a Die Hard film, there are some choices that left me scratching my head, even though I liked the end result. Getting past the Die Hard name, there’s a good action film here, but one that is also problematic. Continue reading Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
It’s difficult to write about In the Mood for Love in terms of theme because much of the film is concerned with ephemeral, almost inexpressible feelings. Still, the characters’ quest for understanding and the relationship that forms out of that creates an interesting space for writer/director Wong Kar Wai to contemplate the nature of human companionship.
I want to like Young and Innocent. The cast is charming, there are enough of the right beats and jokes along the way to keep me hooked, but there are just as many missteps and poor plotting choices along the way to make the film a mess. Continue reading Young and Innocent (1937)
What is Hellraiser: Bloodlines? Its chaos. There are three films that are slammed together into something that is supposed to run together, but it doesn’t work. Yes, there are little threads that loosely connect everything, but it never feels like a cohesive film made by a group of people over a period of time. It’s as if three crews got three different scripts and made three different films. Continue reading Hellraiser: Bloodlines (1996)