Scorpio Rising (1970)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Evocatively transgressive and subversively poetic, "Scorpio Rising" is a cinematic rebel yell against the fiercely anti-gay hypocrisies of American culture that still dog society in the 21st century."
American Sniper (2015)
Loitering With Intent (2015)
The Humbling (2015)
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
A Serbian Film (2011)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] ...Spasojević invites the viewer to compare his made-up pornography of death to the similar underlying nature of capitalism's commercial cinema of the West and its attendant sponsors. "
Vengeance Is Mine (1979)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] a richly woven polemic that encompasses turbulent generational shifts in Japanese identity caused by World War II. Iwao Enokizu isn't waiting for God to make things right when only everything is wrong."
The Interview (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] There is an innocent nostalgia and precious regard for all things whimsical and romantic in the films of Jacques Tati. There is also a certain je ne sais quoi that is innately French. "
Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)
A Most Violent Year (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Writer-director JC Chandor's first three films ("Margin Call," "All is Lost," and "A Most Violent Year") combine to reveal a masterful auteur staking out a singular filmmaking career that overshadows Hollywood's constant barrage of garbage"
The Imitation Game (2014)
The Homesman (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] The allegories and subtexts that Jones explores here appear as ancient cultural artifacts that require the viewer to think deeper into the narrative substance and form being presented. Nothing is spoon-fed."
Pandora's Box (1929)
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Little Fugitive (1953)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Made in 1953 by three confident filmmakers, "Little Fugitive" is as much an invaluable filmic document of post World War II New York as it is an enchanting incipient work of independent cinema."
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Goldfinger" set in stone the formula for what would become cinema's longest running and most reliably entertaining franchise. Regardless of how many installments have come since, "Goldfinger" retains its reputation as the best of the bunch."
Mr. Turner (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Mike Leigh's reputation as an unrivaled inventor of cinematic dramaturgy once again over-delivers on his promise. How, you might ask, is that possible. Such is the nature of Mike Leigh's incomprehensible genius."
The Kid (1921)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "The Kid" is significant in cinema history because it is one of the first films to combine comedy and drama as a succinct filmic form. It is a nurturing comic movie that never gets old, regardless of how many times you watch it."
Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS (1974)
Kill the Messenger (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Kill the Messenger" is a frustrating movie. It fails both as a brief biopic and as a political thriller. It works somewhat as a sketch character study, but that's not enough to satisfy a movie audience."
Inherent Vice (2015)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] The best thing the movie does is that it reminds us that we too will wither and die - some sooner than later. Eat some pizza. Smoke a bowl. Any of those experiences will far surpass the one you will have watching "Inherent Vice.""
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1960)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] All attempts fail at forcing a by-the-numbers narrative template on a fact-based story about unlikely bedfellows uniting against Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's mid '80s reign of anti-union and anti-gay rhetoric and public policies."
The Boxtrolls (2014)
"This animated 3D children's picture is as clumsy, tone-deaf, and useless as they come. Laika, the Oregon animation production company behind "Coraline" (2009) and "ParaNorman" (2012) takes more than a few a steps backward."
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] a seamless balancing act. Equal parts true-crime exposé, dysfunctional love story, and Depression-era think piece, the picture underscores American police departments' longstanding proclivity for short cuts to justice, i.e. murder."
Incompresa (Misunderstood) (2015)
The Zero Theorem (2014)
"Terry Gilliam's further slide down the stairs of filmic entropy is best summed up in an oft-repeated phrase by his latest film's hypochondriac protagonist Qohen Leth, "Q" for short. "We are dying." "
The Identical (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] A shoo-in for a spot on any worst movies of 2014 list, this poorly constructed slice of propaganda, courtesy of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), is so unintentionally campy you can't help but laugh."
"Graphic novelist Frank Miller once again shares directing credit with Robert Rodriquez toward creating a sequel that is every bit as narratively gripping and visually stunning as their original "Sin City" (2005)."
Love Is Strange (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Society Is Mean" might be a more applicable title, for it is not the palpable human connection of tenderness that seems "strange," but rather our culture of intolerance that comes across as most bizarre."
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Alain Resnais's transcendent filmic parlor game remains an innovative and exquisitely executed example of minimalist filmmaking, used to evoke mystery, romance, and a sprinkle social invective."
The Trip To Italy (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Everywhere you look, history keeps rearing its inevitable head for Coogan or Brydon to tickle when they aren't feasting on Italian food and wine. This is a vacation you'll want to go on more than once."
Meet John Doe (1941)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Even if its romantic tension gets muddled, and the film's pacing and editing go out the window in the third act, "The Hundred-Foot Journey" manages to connect its head, heart, and stomach..."
Get On Up (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Awesome! Between Chadwick Boseman's riveting portrayal of James Brown and this film's pitch-perfect kaleidoscopic narrative form, "Get On Up" is the kind of musical biopic that audiences await with bated breath."
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)