Audaciously lascivious, Walerian Borowczyk's "The Beast" is a strange blend of eroticism and severely questionable taste that straddles the line between embarrassingly watchable and patently offensive for its entire running time. A lurid tale of beastly lust and contemporary social strategy, the drama shocks, titillates, amuses, and may even sicken. It is a strange mix.
Revolving around a household attempting to marry-off a past-his-prime son, "The Beast" follows as two stories intertwine. First is the tale of the son, his…
A quiet, symbolically lush drama about loneliness and rebuilding, Craig Zobel's "Z for Zachriah" casts its post-apocalyptic tale in serene and melancholy shades. Accessible and deeply felt, the film does not leave a lasting impression; but it is compellingly told and realized.
Introducing an instantly engaging Margot Robbie as a survivor of some suggested cataclysmic event, the film follows as she realizes she is not alone in her rugged world. Meeting two men who share her plight, she and the…
"Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.
"Whiplash," Damien Chazelle's 107-minute-long ode to mentors, musicians, and motivation, is a taut and mesmerizing piece of filmmaking. A quick-moving and engrossing drama that explores the roles of teacher and learner, parent and child, Chazelle builds a film that brims with energy and emotion, bursts with authentic character beats, and soars with a percussive and narrative brilliance.
With its powerful performances, crackling direction, and riveting story, "Whiplash" is a truly great piece of work.
Chazelle's story is built around Miles…