Holy fucking shit ...
I posted this (to no one) on Facebook — my brief thoughts on the film:
I didn't hate it. But I certainly didn't love it. I'm not even sure I LIKED it.
There are elements that impressed me — I thought Affleck was great, loved Wonder Woman, and applaud the idea of casting Jeremy Irons as Alfred.
But overall I found it an exhausting, aesthetically ugly thing. Jesse Eisenberg was awful. The introduction of the JL characters was laughably dumb.…
It is the exclamation point in the title of “Aferim!” that seems to illustrate its creators’ intentions. A harsh, unflinching Romanian drama set in the 19th century, the film is – against all odds – very, very funny. (The title means “Bravo,” and, the Wiktionary tells us, it often has an ironic meaning.)
Using the tropes of a Western and utilizing real narrative situations and dialogue from historical documents, “Aferim!” feels like an angry shout against the unbendable laws of…
From May 2015, my review for Buffalo.com:
The mysterious, wondrous “Clouds of Sils Maria” finds three individuals – director Olivier Assayas and stars Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart – at the peak of their powers.
Surprised to see “Twilight” mega-star Stewart’s name in that company? Don’t be. While some scoff at her talk show appearances and vampire flicks, she has proven herself a more than capable performer in films like “Adventureland,” “The Runaways” and “Still Alice.”
But you have never…