48 Hills

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Rating Title/Year Author
Wrong Turn (2021) Dennis Harvey I kinda hated this movie, but nonetheless appreciate that it's quite bonkers enough to perhaps someday become a kind of camp classic. If you must... EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
Test Pattern (2021) Dennis Harvey Set in Austin, Test Pattern is deliberately discomfiting, ambiguous, and ambivalent in depicting exactly the sorts of situations where in real life you'd hope for saving clarity. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
MAFIA INC (2020) Dennis Harvey Not as stylistically flamboyant or graphically violent as your Scorsese-style mob joint, director Podz and scenarist Sylvain Guy's film is nonetheless in the same ballpark, delivering the same kinds of rewards in terms of tension and intrigue. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
Silk Road (2021) Dennis Harvey This remains an interesting tale that hopefully will one day have a better movie made about it. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
Sin (2019) Dennis Harvey It's one messy, ill-contextualized section of a great man's messy life, unpleasant yet impressive, challenging yet worthwhile in a way that feels very true to the peculiarities of Russian... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Supernova (2020) Dennis Harvey Despite the performers' commitment-if also, to an extent, because of it-this movie ends up feeling like a pretentious tearjerker. It is one very much designed to let its stars run the gamut of "noble sacrifice" histrionics... EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Nomadland (2020) Dennis Harvey Nomadland a lovely, poetical film that is not plot-driven, but so cannily crafted that it never feels meandering. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Dennis Harvey The film is also an exceptional piece of craftsmanship, with a dynamic soundtrack and strong work by Steve McQueen's usual cinematographer Sean Bobbitt. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
17 Blocks (2019) Dennis Harvey 17 Blocks does offer eventual hope for positive change, despite the fact that this family has had the deck heavily stacked against successfully conquering theirs since Day One. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
Everything: The Real Thing Story (2019) Dennis Harvey A worthwhile musical-history footnote, particularly for those who'd like to explore every nook and cranny of the original disco era. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
Softie (2020) Dennis Harvey Softie doesn't necessarily provide a 360-degree view of Kenyan politics, or even its hero (who attracted some controversy himself in the last couple years), but what we do get is pretty eye-opening. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
Film About a Father Who (2020) Dennis Harvey Compromised largely of home movies covering decades, Film About a Father Who is a semi-experimental collage documentary that asks the question "How can you love people you don't know?" EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Dennis Harvey Perhaps this documentary will soon seem equally, unfortunately prescient in defining the primary pathology of our immediate future. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity (2018) Dennis Harvey It's a horribly hammy performance that has the effect of making it seem someone thought M.C. Escher required humorous condescension in order to be palatable...not a huge Escher fan, but this inexplicable choice actually left me offended on his behalf... EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Black Art: In the Absence of Light (2021) Dennis Harvey Fast-paced and engaging, Black Art is the kind of movie about art from which you emerge with a long list of artists you whose work you'll want to see a great deal more of. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
The Story of Lover's Rock (2011) Dennis Harvey While not a mainstream chart success at the time, the scene and its artists greatly influenced subsequent acts like UB40 and The Police, while also developing strong pockets of ongoing fandom abroad, particularly in Japan. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Heartworn Highways (1976) Dennis Harvey James Szalapski's documentary is very loose, with scant attention paid to these men's backgrounds, careers, or how they do/don't fit into the existing industry hierarchy. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
The Edge of the World (1937) Dennis Harvey For all the florid, often studio-bound qualities of Powell's later work, Edge is a model of economy, its stark beauty as well as melodrama determined by the grave dangers of sea and cliffs. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Sator (2019) Dennis Harvey The film does not bother springing a lot of conventional scares, and its narrative can be ambiguous to the point of outright confusion. But it's got a great, dense, dream-like atmosphere, realized in both spookily beautiful compositions... EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Happy Cleaners (2019) Dennis Harvey It's a fairly lighthearted yet realistic pulse-taking of a phenomenon hardly limited to any particular U.S. ethic or generational group now: The sense that middle-class stability is a rug being slowly, inexorably pulled out from under us. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Minari (2020) Dennis Harvey The redemptive evolution of these relationships has a familiar seriocomic arc, and if Minari is duly charming, sometimes you might wish it were less scrupulously low-key...but it will strike a lot of people as exactly right. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Puppy Love (2017) Dennis Harvey Some people are going to love this movie. I cannot share their enthusiasm, but will be happy for them. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
() Dennis Harvey It's an ambitious English-language construct whose "journey beyond space, time and death" weaves together visually extravagant, questing story strands set both today and in the 18th century. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
499 (2020) Dennis Harvey Weaving these testimonies into a poetical whole, with gorgeous landscape photography and moments of Jodorowskyesque phantasmagoria, 499 is a unique filmic essay with great depth and beauty. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
The Queen of Black Magic (2020) Dennis Harvey Any semblance of internal plot logic gets thrown out the window as the film simply piles one crisis on top of another, undermining its own atmospherics and momentum. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
The Night (2020) Dennis Harvey The Night is polished and has some visual atmospherics, but its fantasy logic isn't very well worked out, while its scares are pretty tepid. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
La casa (2019) Dennis Harvey ...it feels padded and amateurish... EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
A Nightmare Wakes (2020) Dennis Harvey A respectable effort nonetheless, albeit one not quite transporting enough to fully pull off a somewhat muddled conceptual agenda... EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
Atlantis (2019) Dennis Harvey Beautiful in the mode of photos of industrial wastelands, Atlantis sports an atmosphere of post-apocalyptic existential crisis, numbed to all violence and catastrophe. But there are also flecks of humor... EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Beginning (2020) Dennis Harvey This is a difficult film arguably more admirable for what it attempts than what it achieves, yet an auspicious debut nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
The Postman's White Nights (2014) Dennis Harvey It was just as well that he eventually returned to Russian movies...as good as anything [Konchalovkiy] has done. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Dear Comrades! (2020) Dennis Harvey A strong work from an octogenarian director still operating at top form. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
The Mirror (1975) Dennis Harvey ...a dense, complex work that grows more accessible and rewarding with repeat exposure. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Just Don't Think I'll Scream (2019) Dennis Harvey This project manages to turn found footage into an arresting first-person essay. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
The Green Fog (2017) Dennis Harvey A delightful goof... EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
You Will Die at Twenty (2019) Dennis Harvey [The film] has a beauty and confidence that suggests a major career ahead for Amjad Abu Alala, whose debut directorial feature it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Identifying Features (2020) Dennis Harvey Identifying Features has integrity, atmosphere, and a unique sense of purgatorial dislocation. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
The White Tiger (2021) Dennis Harvey When a crisis occurs, the limits of their humanitarianism are cruelly exposed. That takes Balram and the story into darker territory-a good thing for The White Tiger, which sheds its forced early high spirits to find greater dramatic focus. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Spoor (2017) Dennis Harvey ...a pretty satisfactory screen version... EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Notturno (2020) Dennis Harvey This impressionistic nonfiction survey shot over three years' course captures life amongst those fleeing civil wars, ISIS, foreign invasions and more, in the borderlands between Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Kurdistan. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
The Money Order (1968) Dennis Harvey As simple poverty gives way to an escalating, bureaucracy-clogged nightmare, Mandabi is a mix of Kafka and folk tale, humor and hopelessness. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Dennis Harvey If you don't have a mental backlog of the retro pop culture being riffed on, this film's convoluted joke may completely pass you by. But for those who can grok, it's an instant minor classic of deliberate bad taste. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Silence & Darkness (2020) Dennis Harvey A small story that might as easily have been told in half an hour as these 80 minutes. But it holds our attention throughout that span, with the climactic revelations no less chilling for being delivered with as much restraint as everything prior. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Breaking Fast (2020) Dennis Harvey Even if Fast is no deeper or less formulaic than, say, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, it does juggle a lot of disparate culture-clash baggage in amiably entertaining ways. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem (2019) Dennis Harvey However you feel about the value of cheerleading (or football, for that matter), this is an engrossing, and maddening, portrait of institutionalized misogyny and injustice. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Coming Clean (2020) Dennis Harvey It's a big subject, admittedly. But the film sometimes loses any sense of structure trying to cram everything in, and feels more impersonal than most of this director's work. Still, too much information is better than not enough... EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Blithe Spirit (2020) Dennis Harvey The original film may be 76 years old now, but very soon it will once again be the only one anyone remembers. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
Don't Tell a Soul (2020) Dennis Harvey This well-crafted, queasy movie, neither a formulaic thriller or entirely credible as drama, nonetheless ultimately pulls off a kind of backroads grand guignol that is worth a look. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
The Strong Ones (2020) Dennis Harvey Hidalgo conveys a great deal without needing to explain much, or even give his characters more than minimal dialogue. It's the kind of deceptively casual film you know will reward repeat viewing for some time to come... EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020) Dennis Harvey Brutally honest... EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021