Irvin Malcolm

Irvin Malcolm

Film critic. Screenwriter. Nerd.

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  • Four Roads

    Four Roads

    ★★★★

    This is an eight-minute short film from Italian director Alice Rohrwacher posted on MUBI. I don't usually write reviews on short films. I watch them. I log them on Letterboxd. Boom. But I felt the need to write one on this. The film was shot in April 2020 during the early months of the pandemic. Alice took an old camera, an old film and a zoom lens and went around filming her neighbors, socially distanced, in the Italian countryside where…

  • A Life at Stake

    A Life at Stake

    ★★★

    An unemployed architect is roped in by a beautiful femme fatale into a seemingly on the up and up real estate business proposition but ends up seducing him into an adulterous affair. Watching this B-noir film, it honestly feels like it was cobbled together from parts of better classic film noirs. It made me think, "Hmmm. Maybe I should watch that or that or that." A young (and I must say, pretty hot) Angela Lansbury plays the femme fatale role…

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  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…