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  • Menashe

    Menashe

    [W/O]

    (0:39)

    The very definition of a stacked deck. Hassidic law prevents widower Menashe (Menashe Lustig) from raising his son (Ruben Niborski) in a home without a mother. But on top of that, Menashe is a colossal manchild and a fuck-up. I suppose that's the kind of thing that is going for dramatic irony in today's Intro to Screenwriting courses, but mostly it's just a set-up for an inevitable triumph of love, however gosh-darned imperfect, over centuries of stodgy tradition. Why wait around for that third act to play out when I could leave early and beat the traffic...

  • Rams 23 Blue Bears 21

    Rams 23 Blue Bears 21

    ★★★½

    [7]

    Everson's comic yet precise riff on the Lumière brothers' Workers Leaving the Factory. Here we have Fans Leaving the Football Game -- in particular, fans of the Livingstone Fighting Blue Bears in Salisbury, NC, filing out following a particularly close, disappointing loss. (One woman tells the camera, "I don't care, Blue Bears still won!")

    I showed this as part of my experimental film program at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, and afterward had a lively exchange with filmmaker Abigail…

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  • Creepy

    Creepy

    ★★★

    [6]

    I miss the old Kiyoshi. The can't-be-sold Kiyoshi. Back in the fold Kiyoshi. That was the bold Kiyoshi. Remember Cure Kiyoshi? That wasn't your Kiyoshi? 'Cause that was my Kiyoshi. Damn, that was fly, Kiyoshi! You came with Kairo, Kiyoshi. That shit was fire, Kiyoshi! Even Bright Future Kiyoshi, that ill repute Kiyoshi. I dug it all, Kiyoshi. So why'd you stall, Kiyoshi? And then that Journey to the Shore? You got some gall, Kiyoshi!

    I miss the real…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★

    [4]

    If you happen to follow my Twitter feed, you'll know that I've already gotten a bit hot and bothered about this film. In retrospect, it was probably a good deal of energy wasted, or at least misdirected. I tend to forget that useless dreck like The Imitation Game is pimped on every streetcorner around Oscar season by an industry that considers movies as product, not art. Most of the time, that product is slathered in Adam Sandler, and it…