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  • Neruda

    Neruda

    ★★★½

    Like Jackie, inflected with playful nuanced brilliance, but once again Larrain's film exercise flattens flimsily, and even more swiftly and fatally.

    Both films show a man in command of his form, and both have a transporting, satirical beauty delighting in the folkloric narrativity, flawed motives and gallant mechanics betwixt the personal and political, but too specified in a cumbersome chambered manner for the time being to capture the full-bodied worth of prior films.

    Larrain is carving out a lively little…

  • Simple Men

    Simple Men

    ★★★

    I have been better at what I do
    I have been better at what I do
    I have been better at what I do

    Unremarkable brothers-seeking-father dirge when held up against the recently viewed and vivaciously indelible likes of Trust and Amateur. Simple Men never quite manages to transcend a modest level of convention critique exercise (as per Hartley's shorts) into something living, breathing and caterwauling, but still offers enough mildly diverting Hartley style hang-out with tropes skewered on the barbeque. An also-ran, which once again captures his filmic equivalency to the burgeoning alt rock explosion.

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  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★★½

    A couple years ago, this film was firmly in my Top 50. I haven't seen the film for a couple years now, and by the time I did my top 100 Letterboxd list, this was no where in sight. I've decided this film requires a rewatch.

    This film is a delight from Cronenberg. It mixes various little film influences together into a great little story. But the film wouldn't work without the acting. Mortensen gives one of his best ever…

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★½

    Believe the hype.

    Gravity has been earmarked in many ways as the 'next Avatar' for quite a while now, in terms of changing the game when it comes to the cinema experience. Plus, it comes with a strong pedigree. Children of Men was my film of the 2000s (actually my favourite film since my birth in '88), plus Cauron is a technically taut director capable at delivering transportive and magical universalist stories which appeal to the mainstream and art-house, young…