Ailey

Eager to be immersed in this Sundance-acclaimed portrait of a groundbreaking choreographer. Published 7 Jan 2022 Share this Poeticism ebbs and flows throughout Wignot’s impressonistic mediation, fluctuating in parts. Enjoyment. To its credit, the film is faced with the impossible task of understanding a notoriously closed-off subject, and has no qualms in making transparent its frustration in its inability to probe deeper. In Retrospect. Quite incongruous for a documentary on dance to commit so heavily to static talking heads. Through a treasure trove of previously undiscovered audio recordings, Ailey’s personal…

Why What’s Up, Doc? remains a perfect screwball comedy

In 1971, he had amassed eight Oscar nominations for his coming-of-age drama The Last Picture Show. With What’s Up, Doc?, Bogdanovich stuck to this tried and trusted formula. Why, why, why?” She smiles demurely. The particular brand of slapstick comedy and barbed romance in What’s Up, Doc? Chaos – always of the slapstick variety – inevitably ensues when the owners of these four bags wind up at the same hotel and the bags get accidentally muddled up. Modern attempts at the screwball are not so brave. Ultimately, a messy car…

Minyan

“Thieves, adulterers, homosexuals… I take them all. Eric Steel has previously directed two great documentaries, The Bridge and Kiss the Water. Having previously directed two documentaries, 2006’s The Bridge and 2013’s Kiss the Water, Minyan marks Eric Steel’s first venture into narrative filmmaking. Though simple by definition, the principle is far from it in practice, particularly in 1980s Brooklyn where the Jewish community consisted of immigrants still dealing with the postwar traumas that kept once faithful followers from returning to the teachings of the Torah. Washed up apartments and freezing…

The 355

We were doing a great job!” A true CIA-sanctioned torture apologia. It’s girl power, but neoliberal wine mom girl power. Bless this movie’s sheer misplaced ambition. Penélope Cruz’s performance is impeccable, but the casting had sparked controversy since its first trailer dropped. Published 7 Jan 2022 Share this Toss it in the girlboss pile. Maybe the real terrorists were the friends we made along the way? Let down by a silly, coarse script and a spotty plot, the cast –despite everything – actually manages to pull off their roles. The…

Wes Anderson’s is making an other Roald Dahl adaptation for Netflix

Of course, this isn’t Anderson’s first dalliance with the prose of Roald Dahl, having already brought his Fantastic Mr Fox to the screen back in 2009. (Curiously enough, the same broad-strokes plot as Fritz Lang’s silent classic Dr Mabuse the Gambler, a connection that Anderson can surely be counted on to have already made.) Of course, these unethical choices eventually come back around to Henry, and he finds that “more than his eyes have been changed by his studies,” as the official synopsis details. Cumberbatch should fit in nicely with…