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)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] The filmic transportation from the "ephemeral" to the "miraculous" - from the disguised to the unveiled - speaks volumes in unaffected feminist terms about female reality in Paris in 1961."
Wild Strawberries (1957)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Wild Strawberries" is a thematically abundant film that fluidly condenses a lifetime's worth of experience into succinct cinematic fragments under Ingmar Bergman's complex construction of abstract corollaries."
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Life Itself (2014)
Atlantic City (1980)
Stations of the Elevated (2014)
"Kirchheimer relies on formal compositions of New York's subway rail yards, elevated platforms, and surrounding locations to tell a complex tale of environmental and urban dislocation where pop art billboards inform ghetto children.."
The Rover (2014)
Me and You (2014)
The Graduate (1967)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] The otherness that Ben feels points to the film's most overlooked and underappreciated aspect; Ben is a Jew passing as an all-American WASP at a time in America when discrimination against Jews was prevalent. "
Venus in Fur (2014)
22 Jump Street (2014)
The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] George Sluizer's spellbinding adaptation of Tim Krabbé's horror novella "The Golden Egg" is such an expertly layered suspense thriller than it serves as a textbook archetype of the genre. "
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Of the hundred or so gags, jokes, and one-liners that comic genius Seth MacFarlane throws at the wall over the course of this bawdy and sometimes grotesque Western comedy, nearly half of them connect with a funny bone. "
"[VIDEO ESSAY] The visual simplicity that Kalatozov uses to establish the story allows the filmmaker to gradually - painstakingly - develop the film's thematic complexity toward a psychological and emotional crescendo..."
The Dance of Reality (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY]..."The Dance of Reality" is a loving film that dares to reconstitute atrocious familial, social, and political trespasses as violations to be forgiven in the interest of altering reality. "
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Further confirmation that no one in Hollywood knows how to tell a story on film anymore, "Godzilla" starts out promisingly enough before slipping into a snooze-fest by the end of its first act. "
Burden of Dreams (1982)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Les Blank's haunting documentary about the four years Werner Herzog spent making "Fitzcarraldo" is such an essential companion piece to the actual film that it seems irresponsible for any would-be audience member to view only one of the two."
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] For his latest filmic exploration François Ozon addresses a complex mix of sexual, personal, social, familial, gender-based, and technological issues, inexorably honing in on a striking synthesis of generational catharsis."
"[VIDEO ESSAY] A high-concept movie before there was such a thing, "D.O.A." foreshadowed the poisoning of (possibly) Yasser Arafat and (definitely) Alexander Litvinenko - via polonium-210 - by a half-century."
"Known as the screenwriter of such estimable films as "Dirty Pretty Things" and "Eastern Promises," Stephen Knight delivers a glorified one-act play that makes up for what it lacks in location variety and story-arc in keenly written dialogue. "
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Although it ends with an overwrought climax, topped off with a laughably banal cliché that unites the workers with their greedy overlord, "Metropolis" is filled with stunning archetypal imagery and grand-scale spectacle."
Rio 2 (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Between the film's white-world-order depiction of a multicultural society and its ham-fisted treatment of an ostensibly pro-ecology agenda, "Rio 2" is a confused piece of animation propaganda. "
Under the Skin (2014)
"Cousins's insanely repetitive delivery of every sentence sadly renders the documentary unwatchable - or at least unlistenable. Cousins has the annoying habit of ending every phrase like a question. Torturous."
Cesar Chavez (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] The movie reaches its goal of reminding audiences how far migrant workers have come in America since the '60s, and how far they have yet to go toward better working conditions and higher pay."
Le Week-End (2014)
Jodorowsky's Dune (2014)
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Documentarian Frank Pavich struck cinematic gold when he got the blessing from Jodorowsky and "Dune's" former producer Michel Seydoux to make a movie about Jodorowsky's journey to make the film. "
Taxi Driver (1976)