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  • The Return

    The Return

    ★★★★½

    This is what I was hoping for when I watched Leviathan. Glad to see Andrei Zvyagintsev finally hit the right spot for me. Incredibly this is a debut film.. Kind of astounding. I need to watch Elena now..

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★★½

    I feel like an idiot, but if some one who knows Sofia Coppola's work better than I can give me some tips, I'd be very grateful.

    I found the large portion of both this film and Marie Antoinette to be devoted to gossip. It seems like everyone is gossiping about everyone else.

    Am I supposed to read these characters as sympathetic? As realistic? As a caricature of certain cultural archetypes? Is it co-opting of negative female stereotypes to try and…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    Whiplash, as a movie, is quite good. Fantastic even. But as it relates to, specifically, being/becoming good at an instrument, I had a hard time suspending my disbelief, which kind of sucks because it killed a lot of the potential for payoff at the end.

    Here's a little back story:

    Before cinema, before philosophy, before writing, or even before my first truly romantic relationship... I fell in love with music. I first discovered music's potential as a senior in high…

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

    Guillermo del Toro's representative work, Pan's Labyrinth, is the fantasy tale he always wanted to make. Two of his previous films, Cronos and The Devil's Backbone, were fantasy films. They both featured a child within the prominent role. They both subverted typical monster movie tropes by making the "monsters" sympathetic figures. But the completion of everything del Toro had longed to achieve was found in one, very special, labyrinthine world of fantastical monstrosities.

    Pan's Labyrinth world was as such:

    Set…