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  • Minnie and Moskowitz

    Minnie and Moskowitz

    ★★★½

    It's not my favourite Cassavetes film, and honestly I can understand anyone who might be annoyed by the movie's relentless shoutiness. There's barely a scene where people aren't screaming at each other or breaking out into a fight. 

    If it weren't so damn charming, or just so alive in that uniquely Cassevetian way, then it would be easy to hate. But it is charming, and is full of this infectious lunacy that kinda wears you down by the end. Also- Gena Rowlands is queen, and the photography is just gorgeous.

  • The Big Risk

    The Big Risk

    ★★★★½

    I've been watching a lot of Sautet recently, and also a lot of Melville, and it's interesting to see the intersection between them that is Classe Tous Risques.
    Sautet's approach to the policier is a lot warmer, but also a lot more sad. Fatalism sits high on the agenda of both directors, but it feels particularly acute here thanks to Sautet's compassion for his characters. Abel has shot himself into a corner, and now all he can do is wait.…

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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★½

    For my money, Shane Black is the funniest screenwriter alive. This is unwieldy and brilliant.

  • Wind River

    Wind River

    How dismayingly unsurprising to find a film about the ill-treatment of Native American women treating all of its female characters, and all the Native Americans, so poorly.

    As Jeremy Renner stalks around, boringly saving the day again and again, it gets increasingly hard to understand the acclaim that Wind River received. Besides the gratuitous rape scene and the frankly bizarre Mexican standoff/slaughter, little happens. There's no pace, just countless scenes of men riding snowmobiles. There's no mystery when it comes…