If Coin Heist teaches us anything (other than committing fraud is, you know, bad), it’s that filmmakers still can’t fully invest in social media stars and vice versa.
At this point in his career, music video director Benny Boom is more of an imitator than a filmmaker. His feature film debut Next Day Air, a violent crime/comedy driven by half-baked druggies and misunderstandings, was definitely inspired by the early work of Quentin Tarantino. Boom’s latest project 48 Hours to Live plays as a three-way collision between the trippy in-your-face antics of Argentinian provocateur Gaspar Noé, your average American television crime drama, and dance sequences seen in…
Sieranevada is an often charming, occasionally tedious, and relentlessly honest family drama written and directed by Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu).
With his previous doc Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, director/cinematographer Andreas Johnsen kept his camera rolling and lingering; even when little amounted on screen. The film was in need of direction, but Johnsen ignored this fact.
Jason Statham has proven himself as an action star, but I still believe his performances are only as good as the filmmaker he’s been paired with. In the case of Mechanic: Resurrection, Statham is jumping through the same hoops, but he’s doing so in a way that mirrors the entertaining ridiculousness director Dennis Gansel sets up.
California Typewriter is expectedly kitschy. Doug Nichol’s documentary focuses on the title writing tool-turn-antique, and stems off in different directions to explore the typewriter’s influence through its existence.
Horror cinema is often limited to its wheelhouse of established fears – ghosts, demons, strangers, monsters, or disturbing details. Horror hounds are always looking for different scares though, and are always welcoming of a filmmaker’s ambition. Failure is still an option, but the best case scenario is that these directorial risks pay off and make lasting provocative impressions – much like Babak Anvari’s Under the Shadow. It’s an incredible horror film that deals with not just the supernatural, but also…
I appreciate movies like Sean Mewshaw’s Tumbledown. As someone who is asked on a daily basis for movie recommendations, Tumbledown provides me with a safe, warm suggestion for easygoing audiences.
It’s pointless to review Solace. How do you sum up a crime drama that you’ve reviewed so many times before? What else can you say about the lack of ambition in Anthony Hopkins’ recent roles? I’m at a loss with Solace, a new whodunit from director Afonso Poyart starring Hopkins as a psychic who assists two FBI agents (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish) track down a serial killer. Imagine a very serious reenactment of that Saturday Night…
It’s business as usual for Office Christmas Party, the latest exercise in R-rated edginess being applied to an otherwise toothless situation. Audiences may have been given a dose of this same seasonal comedy in Bad Santa 2, but a more relevant comparison is between Office Christmas Party and 2011’s A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.