RSS feed for C

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • The Kindergarten Teacher

    The Kindergarten Teacher

    ★★★½

    Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance holds together a sharp but slight psychological drama about a teacher who tries to nurture the poetic genius of one of her students.. The Kindergarten Teacher treads the line between adoration and obsession, mentorship and oppression.

    It slips too easily into black and white territory, and the supporting characters aren't drawn as well as the leads. But Colangelo still manages nuance in her exploration of Lisa's psyche, her need to protect the burgeoning talent of young Jimmy, without realising that she might be the one smothering it.

  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★★½

    Very refreshing instalment in the Disney behemoth. I did wish the pig were in it for more of the film. Moana was strong, and single minded and a good protagonist. But Maui was a bit of a douchey bro and all the women had to suffer for his ego. I suppose that's a pretty accurate representation.

    The songs were great, the animation crisp and there's nothing to not like about this.

Popular reviews

More
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop

    Exit Through the Gift Shop

    ★★★★½

    It's confounding. It's thought-provoking. It's unexpected. All the things a good documentary should be.

    Makes you think about what art is; where do you draw the line between creativity and delusion? What makes art?

    The documentary in itself is nothing like what I've watched before. It takes your preconceived notions and flips it on your head. Extraordinary.

    I'm still blown away, speechless really.

    "I think the joke is on... I don’t know who the joke is on, really. I don’t even know if there is a joke."

  • Half Nelson

    Half Nelson

    ★★★★

    Ryan Gosling gives a layered performance in a role that hints at the potential he showed fully in Drive. Doing so much with so little, Gosling lays bare the empty life of a drug addict struggling to get by. Shareeka Epps matches him brilliantly as the guarded young girl who won't take no for an answer. Unwittingly discovering Gosling's character Dan Dunne's secret, she ends up being the one holding him up, rather than the other way around. Their chemistry…