Movie Reviews

Teenage Movie

Teenage

Weekends have only existed since 1908. Nirvana is as old now as The Beatles were in the ’90s. Betty White is older than sliced bread! These are pretty mind-boggling things to think about; time can be tricky like that. Matt Wolf’s Teenage, based on a book by Jon Savage, revolves around the origins of the titular phenomenon that Read More
Next Goal Wins Movie

Next Goal Wins

The story at the center of sports doc Next Goal Wins is classic underdog material: American Samoa’s national football (soccer) team is notorious for suffering one of the worst losses in the history of the sport, losing to Australia 31-0 in 2001. The failure haunted the team for years, particularly their emotionally scarred goalie, Nicky, who’s watched the ball Read More
Hateship Loveship Movie

Hateship Loveship

2013 was the year for Saturday Night Live alums to break out of their comedic roles to star in smaller indie dramas. First there was Will Forte who set aside his MacGruber impersonations for a more serious father and son road trip film in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. In Hateship Loveship it’s Kristen Wiig who boldly Read More
The Creator of the Jungle (Hot Docs review) Movie

The Creator of the Jungle (Hot Docs review)

The Creator of the Jungle tells the story of Garrell, a man who has spent 45 years building a giant playground in a forest. He started as a child, and with age the scale of his work increased dramatically. He first manipulated the stream running through the forest, making dams and ponds as he saw Read More
Watermark Movie

Watermark

Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky (Manufactured Landscapes) bottle the immense power and omnipresence of water, earth’s mightiest element, in their stunningly cinematic film Watermark. Assembling jaw-dropping footage of rivers, dams, rice paddies,  abalone farms, and more, they’ve created a visual feast, instilling a sense of utter smallness in the presence of the godlike blue bodies Read More
Only Lovers Left Alive Movie

Only Lovers Left Alive

You couldn’t ask for two actors better suited to play a couple of sharp-featured, hipster vampire lovers than Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, two actors who’ve hit the absolute peak of coolness at this point in their respective careers. And who better to direct them than Jim Jarmusch, the indie godfather who always seems to Read More
Oculus Movie

Oculus

Don't be fooled by Paranormal Activity and Insidious getting mentioned in the marketing for Oculus. While those films (or, more specifically, their franchises) are about big jolts and loud noises, Oculus surprisingly goes for a more subdued and unsettling approach. Mike Flanagan, the director of Absentia, returns with a feature length adaptation of his short Read More
A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness Movie

A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness

The central figure of Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness takes the form of a silent man (musician Robert A.A. Lowe). The film is comprised of three acts, with Lowe providing the only connective tissue between them. We first see him as part of an Estonian commune, where Read More
Mistaken for Strangers Movie

Mistaken for Strangers

Considering Mistaken for Strangers centers around the well-known indie rock band The National (the title of the documentary comes from one of their songs), it would be safe to assume that fans of the band will get the most out of the documentary. But that’s not necessarily the case here. There are only a handful Read More