There is No Evil

There is No Evil Review by Marina Ashioti Share this Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof Starring Baran Rasoulof Mohammad Seddighimehr Zhila Shahi Anticipation. Despite an excessive 150-minute runtime, a fair share of abrupt tonal shifts and a somewhat heavy-handed execution of metaphors threatening to rob the anthology of power and cohesion, the dramatically consistent depictions of contempt, grief and rage bring an adequate sense of uniformity. Rather than being caught between poetry and censorship, Rasoulof strays from the stronghold of allegorical aesthetics and instead adopts a necessary and uncompromising antagonism against…

Blue Bayou

Enjoyment. In Retrospect. Chon gives a strong performance as Antonio, and the supporting players are equally charming, but the script is weak and often clichéd, featuring a tangle of subplots which don’t quite mesh. Share this Share this Justin Chon’s melodramatic tale of immigration and injustice in present-day America is undermined by a clichéd script.There’s no doubt that the subject matter at the heart of Justin Chon’s Blue Bayou is compelling and prescient – it focuses on the injustice of foreign-born adoptees in the United States being deported due to…

Ari Wegner on how she created The Power of the Dog’s visual identity

Jane’s quite an outdoorsy person, she grew up around horses and cattle, so she has some kind of idea that when the scene says ‘thousands of cattle go over the ridge’ it’s easier said than done. Then we started doing storyboards, and as Jane was drawing she kept going off the edges of the rectangular board templates. How a director likes to work infuses into the film and I really enjoy as I’m getting to know someone beginning to understand not only how they want the film to look, but…

West Side Story

The individual performances are all fine, but there’s no dynamism and connectivity. Sorry to be maudlin, but it’s a fact. Zegler is decent – clearly on the level with the fairytale aspects of the material. With three quarters of a century in the bank, and a workhorse ethic that has resulted in roughly a film every other year, we’re eking ever closer to the end zone of one of cinema’s most illustrious careers. Individual elements work, but just flat and stiff in the main. In the history of dramatic art,…