Amour Fou (2015)
"What keeps the mÚlange compelling is the sense of transience that Mann has been nurturing in his recent work. His fascination with characters who have no nation beyond their own immediate selves reaches a kind of emblematic apotheosis. "
On the Bowery (1957)
Les MisÚrables (2012)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Another Earth (2011)
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Black Death (2011)
A Somewhat Gentle Man (2011)
"Hans Petter Moland's film is either a jack of all trades, master of none -- well-rounded but unclear in its overall intentions -- or an experiment in balance whose results are difficult to ascertain. "
The Keep (1983)
The Tree of Life (2011)
A Woman Under the Influence (1975)
After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
"Reichardt, working as she did in Old Joy from a short story by Jonathan Raymond, is unwilling (as she was in Old Joy) to either romanticize or condescend to her characters' self-willed marginality. "
V for Vendetta (2006)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Iron Man (2008)
Superman Returns (2006)
Ghost Town (2010)
Street of Shame (1956)
"The film's cinematography utilizes an unusual technique for a Mizoguchi film, the close-up, whereby the camera gets steadily closer to each protagonist as the various causes of their downfall to prostitution are revealed. "
"Sandwiched between Gondry and Bong's variously euphoric entries, Carax's contribution seems either a work of deep cynicism from an inveterate party-pooper or a welcome satirical sour note from one of the great talents of 80s and 90s French cinema. "
"Ultimately, like Lazarescu, Ovidiu becomes a mere cog in a social and economic system that would chew him up without a moment's consideration, and it's Puiu's goal to elevate this and other such stories above their banality and into the realm of myth. "
Bigger Than Life (1956) (1956)
"Always a shrewd melodramatist, with a particular eye for the domestic space, Ray builds this sense of conflict into the Avery home itself, with its frequently competing horizontal and vertical patterns. "
The Ruins (2008)
"The shock Waters's cinema offers, then, is not transcendent, but almost reflexive, implicating the viewer in the awkward complexities of his own humanity and forcing him to either celebrate it or run screaming away. "
Lou Reed's Berlin (2008)
"Schnabel's set design, onstage projections, and postproduction add a good deal of visual noise to Reed & company's aural variety, which reproduces the album with a mixture of professional exactitude and unpredictable cacophony. "
This Is England (2007)
Somers Town (2009)
"As in all of Meadows's films, Somers Town emphasizes the importance of character and particularly of camaraderie amongst male characters--here, teenagers who nick clothes from the local laundry, get drunk in the park, and furtively investigate masculinity "
Shuga (Chouga) (2007)
""I knew it would come to this," hisses Sharon when finding Lisa lurking around her beautiful Brentwood home--at which point I exclaimed, "Me too!"--and then the fun (and, for many, the entire purpose of the film) starts. "
The Kingdom (2007)
"A good deal more Transformers than Syriana, a movie that drapes a crisp, lightly browsed copy of The Economist over an enormous pubescent boner for grinding metal, busted glass, and crackling gunfire. "
The Killing of Sister George (1968)
"Melodrama, slapstick, romance, exploitation, and psychological horror all vie for dominance throughout the film, giving it an air of fickle, feminine hysteria, which the graphic sex scene at the end of the film makes still more difficult to pin down. "
Blind Mountain (2007)
"With its complex (and, at times, deeply problematic) intersection of an educated outsider with the stubborn realities of rural life, Blind Mountain explicitly harkens back to those classic works from the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, like Yellow "
Gran Torino (2009)
Four Nights With Anna (2008)
"Grey and waterlogged, Jerzy Skolimowski's Four Nights with Anna is something like the Eastern European answer to Rear Window and Chungking Express, a deeply gothic, but no less romantic tale of voyeurism, breaking and entering, and secret love. "
Cold Souls (2009)
The Brothers Bloom (2009)
Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004)
Into Great Silence (2007)