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The Reunion Movie

The Reunion

Anna Odell’s The Reunion is split into two distinct halves, each half appearing to be directly inspired by a different film. The first half, called “The Speech”, clearly owes a lot to Thomas Vinterberg’s The Celebration. It opens at a 20 year class reunion, where everyone appears to be having a great time. Things change Read More
The Wind Rises Movie

The Wind Rises

Following his recent announcement of a retirement from directing, it’s difficult to ascribe any thoughts to Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises without also finding the analogue between himself and his subject. Both are concerned with the aspirations of a life’s work and the implausibility of trying to assess this work in hindsight. Rather than trying Read More
Le Week-End Movie

Le Week-End

If the success of films such as The Best Exotic Marigold, Hotel, Quartet, and Philomena have proven anything, it’s that there is certainly an audience for films with older ensembles. One that perhaps isn’t being fully served. Romance and excitement aren’t just for teenagers and 20-somethings, and even though Hollywood may be a young person’s game, there’s Read More
My Brother the Devil Movie

My Brother the Devil

My Brother the Devil, director Sally El Hosaini’s first feature length film, takes us deep into the heart of London’s housing projects. We follow the story of two brothers, Rashid and Mo (played by James Floyd and Fady Elsayed, respectively) in an Egyptian immigrant family. Rashid, the elder, is a drug dealer with local gang Read More
Grigris (SF Indiefest) Movie

Grigris (SF Indiefest)

Director Mahamat Saleh Haroun spends no time establishing the main draw of Grigris' title character; in the opening moments we see the young, disabled dancer (played by non-professional Souleymane Démé) busting some moves on the dance floor to a rapturous audience. It's a captivating sight, watching Démé writhe around the club while using his paralyzed Read More
Jeune & Jolie Movie

Jeune & Jolie

Following the well-received In The House, François Ozon returns with yet another voyeuristic character study with Jeune & Jolie (French translation: Young and Beautiful). Over the course of four weather seasons, the film follows a sexually driven adolescent striving to discover herself while pushing boundaries that society sets in front of her. This is a Read More
Big Bad Wolves Movie

Big Bad Wolves

If you’ve heard of Big Bad Wolves, it’s could be because of Quentin Tarantino. Late last year he declared Big Bad Wolves to be the best film of 2013. It really doesn’t come as a surprise that Tarantino is wrong, but it’s easy to see why he is so taken with the film. Heavily inspired Read More
Reaching For the Moon Movie

Reaching For the Moon

An examination of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop’s pivotal years spent in Brazil in the 1950′s and ’60s, Reaching For the Moon is an ironically literal, trite, unpoetic biopic that likely wouldn’t have been met with approval by its late subject. The film revolves around Bishop’s (played here by Miranda Otto) relationship with spirited Brazilian Read More
Everyday Movie

Everyday

Michael Winterbottom is a director who’s not afraid to fully commit himself to an idea that he likes. Whether he’s teaming up with actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon for three diverse but equally funny films (24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, and The Trip) or exploring the erotic side Read More