Quick disclaimer before my review of Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1", which I watched last night: I'm a huge Von Trier fan. When it comes to his FILMS, I can kind of call myself a Von Trier apologist. I love his films, every one that I've seen: "Melancholia" was great, "The Idiots" was very good, "Dogville" and "Manderlay" are modern day classics and "Antichrist" was my #1 movie of that year so there you go. I love his films.…
An enigmatic and daring second film from an increasingly more and more compelling up-and-coming auteur, M. Blash's "The Wait" is a dazzling masterwork.
2 sisters (Chloe Sevigny and Jena Malone), their sexually confused teenage brother (Devon Gearhart) and Sevigny's lonely young daughter (Lana Green) are all trying to cope with the very recent death of the family matriarch. Sevigny gets a phone call from a "psychic" claiming the mom will be resurrected. Malone thinks Sevigny is crazy. Is she?
Josh C. Waller's police procedural film "McCanick" is notable for really only one reason: It features one of the last screen performances of the late Cory Monteith from "Glee".
Other than that, it's a slow-moving character piece, mainly focused on Det. Eugene McCanick (David Morse), who is haunted by a case from his past involving a young hustler (Monteith, spending much of the movie wearing a horrendous wig).
Though told by his Captain (Cirian Hinds, not even trying to hide…
Andrew James' big complaint about "The Broken Circle Breakdown" was that the film was emotionally manipulative as hell. I'm not disagreeing. The film IS as emotionally manipulative as hell.
However, that doesn't mean I don't feel it is a powerhouse of a film because Gosh darn it, it is.
Yes, there are slight similarities (of varying degrees) to "Blue Valentine", "Walk the Line", "Once" and the series finale of "Mad About You" but that doesn't mean this heartbreaking tale of…
"Holy Ghost People" is the latest film from Mitchell Altieri, one half of the iconic directing team known as "The Butcher Brothers". The film is an atmospheric thriller about a young drug addict (Emma Greenwell from "Shameless") who teams with a former marine (Brendan McCarthy, who looks a lot like John Hawkes) to track down her drug addled sister who away to join a religious cult run by the charismatic snake-loving pastor Brother Billy (Joe Egender, who is a dead…
Anyone who knows me knows I love Kate Lyn Sheil. The actress, currently seen in season 2 of "House of Cards" is one of my favorite actresses working today and I will see ANYTHING she is in. Well I just watched a movie with her called "Pollywogs" and it was pretty good but I had some problems with it as well.
Karl Jacob (who also co-directed the film with T. Arthur Cottam) plays a dude named Dylan, who just recently…
"24 Exposures" is kind of like Joe Swanberg's David Fincher movie.
Swanberg, one of my personal favorite directors returns to the subject matter (sorta) of his film "Autoerotic" (admittedly his worst film) as "24 Exposures" is an erotic thriller of sorts with Adam Wingard, Swanberg's "Autoerotic" co-director (and the director of "You're Next") playing Billy, a photographer who specializes in what he calls "personal fetish photos".
Billy's life soon intertwines with that of the life of a depressed homicide detective…
Joshua Sanchez's acclaimed film "Four" is set on Fourth of July and is filled with Suburban American Ennui as it tracks a night in the life of 4 characters: a closeted gay man, his daughter, his teenage lover and the daughter's druggie kinda-boyfriend.
Yes, the movie is quietly powerful and the great Wendell Pierce is wonderful here as the semi-predatory, closeted gay man. He gives a performance very different here than on his tv shows "The Wire", "Treme", "The Weber…
David Marconi's "Collision" (aka. "Intersections") is another handsomely made production from Luc Besson's Europa Corp. that would be instantly forgettable if it weren't so.... Befuddling.
Focusing on a newlywed couple on their honeymoon who cause a... well, collision, duh. The movie makes some weird choices including the use of one of my favorite songs ("This Year's Love" by David Gray) in a key scene. The song is great, of course, but even in an ironic way it doesn't fit in…
Quentin Dupieux's latest absurdist comedy romp "Wrong Cops" is essentially what would happen if you took acid while watching Harmony Korine's "Trash Humpers" and decided, while still tripping on acid to write a fan fiction story for the TV cop drama "Southland".
Unlike Dupieux's previous films "Rubber" and "Wrong", there doesn't seem to be a deeper meaning to this one. It's just a very silly absurdist romp.
But damn was it fun and funny!
Essentially it's like "Southland", following several…
Set at two separate parties several months apart - one in Staten Island before a sunset, the other in the Hamptons before a sunrise - Sam Neave's "Almost in Love" plays like a spiritual successor to Richard Linklater's "Before" franchise mixed with a little Woody Allen for good measure.
And it's great.
Sure, there is a loose plot involving a love triangle between Sasha (played by Alex Karpovsky, always great), Kyle (Gary Wilmes) and Mia (Marjan Neshat) but other than…
There was a point in time where Neil LaBute made some of the most amazing serio-comic movies about human connection, relationships and sexuality, usually based on his own hit plays ("Your Friends and Neighbors", "In the Company of Men", "The Shape of Things", etc) and featuring tons of biting satire and unexpected twist endings but more recently he has backslided into making unnecessary remakes ("The Wicker Man", "Death at a Funeral") And focusing on TV directing ("Hell on Wheels") and…