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  • As Tears Go By

    As Tears Go By

    ★★★

    Until 2013's The Grandmaster, Wong Kar-Wai's biggest hit in his homeland was his debut feature As Tears Go By. In this film, the new director is largely riffing on the degrees of criminality coming-of-age story of Marin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1974) and his past writing scripts for genre films. With its traditional narrative structure and character arcs with stylish formal flourishes, Tears can be seen as both an announcement of Wong as a filmmaker and an outlier within his filmography.…

  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★★

    The sexual frankness and elliptical storytelling of The Insect Woman would foreshadow artist and newly minted filmmaker Teshigahara Hiroshi’s international breakthrough Woman in the Dunes (1964), a film teaming with sexuality and the director’s artistic sensibility towards the experimental. The surreal formal techniques the director used in the film are representative of his two characters’ descent into physical and spiritual pits. An entomologist on a mission finds his way into a desert village and is persuaded into helping a woman…

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  • Autumn Leaves

    Autumn Leaves

    ★★★★½

    Underseen prime Aldrich that predates MARNIE and VERTIGO in which the suspense is made from working through human trauma. Noirish shadows and Aldrich's fractured mise-en-scene reflects its protagonists' psyches.

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    ★½

    Lifetime movie as art film. Tilda can only gape so much. Give her a break. Something to be said about emotional, psychic connections between mother and son, just not in this film.