Her Idiot Brother: The Color Wheel

At a breezy 83 minutes, the film’s snappy dialogue—largely improvised, as is a hallmark of the genre—maintains a neat energy. The set-pieces are terrific, but the duo’s final conversation—a nine-minute single shot—is among the most gripping and dramatic that the subgenre has yet produced. Continue reading Her Idiot Brother: The Color Wheel

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Shelter from the Storm: The World Cinema Showcase 2011

Cross-posted from The Corner. One of bFM’s long-standing slogans has been “Shelter from the shit.” If you’re despairing at all the pathetic stabs at romantic comedy, insipid pseudo-sci-fi ‘thrillers,’ and tween-aimed re-treads of age-old fables—not to mention the imminent onslaught of Justin Bieber in three hideous dimensions—on offer at your local multiplex, despair no longer: the World Cinema Showcase exists to provide you the same … Continue reading Shelter from the Storm: The World Cinema Showcase 2011

A World of Hurt

A World of Hurt By Hugh Lilly One of the best films of 2009—and one of the finest representations of the psychological and physical effects of war ever depicted on screen—is finally being released in New Zealand. The Hurt Locker follows a US Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team in post-invasion Iraq, and focuses in particular on the interactions between three men on that team … Continue reading A World of Hurt

World Cinema Showcase 2010, part II: Fish Tank / Road, Movie / Bronson

World Cinema Showcase 2010 By Hugh Lilly Fish Tank Andrea Arnold | UK | 2009 | 123 mins. Writer-director Andrea Arnold, whose first feature Red Road was a bleak, hard-nosed drama about a CCTV operator’s voyeuristic streak set in dreary Glasgow, returns with Fish Tank, which, to the surprise of many awards pundits, won the BAFTA for Best British Film this season. Katie Jarvis is … Continue reading World Cinema Showcase 2010, part II: Fish Tank / Road, Movie / Bronson