Audiard: Dheepan (2015)

March 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

From a distance, Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or-winning film looks like social realism. For one thing, it’s a film about immigration – in this case, from Sri Lanka to [...]

Stone: The Daughter (2016)

March 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

I almost didn’t see The Daughter, Simon Stone’s first feature as film director after a long stint at the Belvoir. From a distance, it looked like exactly the kind of [...]

Ferrara: Ms. 45 (1981)

March 8, 2016 // 2 Comments

Although Abel Ferrara had released one or two features prior to Ms. 45, this rape-and-revenge extravaganza really feels like his first sustained transition from adult to [...]

The Staircase (2004)

March 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

If one single genre defined television in 2015, it was true crime. Bookended by The Jinx and Making a Murderer, it suddenly felt as if “quality” television had fled [...]

Craven: Cursed (2005)

February 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Wes Craven’s follow-up to the Scream trilogy – and his last film, along with Red Eye,  before My Soul To Take in 2010 – is one of the most perplexing horror films I [...]