In Jamie Marks is Dead, the tone throughout is different. The film begins with the discovery of a body, and the discoverer seems less disturbed than shocked by what she has stumbled upon. Adapted from the Young Adult-genre novel, One for Sorrow, written by Christopher Barzak, Jamie Marks is Dead explores the disparate values that we put [...]



under the skin

The first viewing of Under the Skin, impressed me with its pacing and it ominous tone. It’s a thriller / horror film without a clearly motivated killer. The unnamed femme fatale from another part of our or some other galaxy (Scarlett Johansson) trolls around Scotland, seeking out lonely, forsaken, and single men. What Under the Skin makes [...]



The lego movie 2

The Lego Movie is a brilliant cliché. The story is far from novel as we follow average construction worker Emmitt on his journey to be relevant. Much like an animated version of The Matrix, The Lego Movie’s  easy-to-assemble Neo’s most formidable enemy is his own self-doubt and the resonating skepticism from those that surround him. This lifting [...]



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In Tony Scott’s second of four films with Denzel Washington, he explores the body through the politics of safety. A note at the beginning of the film informs us that “There is one kidnapping every 60 seconds in Latin America.” 70% of the victims do not survive. This is predominately true in Juarez, Mexico, a city that [...]



nymphomaniac volume 2 charlotte gainsbourg

Nymphomaniac Vol. 2 continues with the foreseeable consequences within any film that deals with the trope of addiction. Joe is, inevitably, going to try to find a higher high – or in this case a resurgent orgasm – and ultimately hit rock bottom, both of which she does. However, there are moments within this second installment that [...]




Ten Years Later — Kill Bill Vol. 2

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In Kill Bill, Vol. 1, Tarantino offered an homage to kung fu films, showing how easily they translate into American cinema, particularly the super hero genre, wherein a hero is created by circumstance. The Bride (Uma Thurman) is shot in the head on her wedding day and her child in utero is taken from her. When we [...]



nymphomaniac volume 1 charlotte gainsbourg

Lars Von Trier’s Nyphomaniac Vol. I is, unfortunately, disappointing. Perhaps it’s because it comes on the heels of astonishingly profound films like Antichrist and Melancholia. Certainly, the former has been misunderstood as misogynistic propaganda with a load of shock value and the latter has been largely dismissed because of a comment about the Nazi aesthetic being taken [...]



behind the candelabra michael douglas matt damon

As the title suggests, Behind the Candelabra, in part, is about deception. The archetype for twentieth-century flamboyance, Liberace (Golden Globe winner Michael Douglas), refuses to age in front of his audience with the aide of numerous plastic surgeries, wigs, and makeup. His lover cum adopted son – sorta – convinces himself that he is the only one [...]



Grand budapest hotel ralph fiennes

Hotels are a fascinating dichotomy. In their erection, they symbolize a cohesive permanence, while each of their subdivided quarters represents separation and temporality – momentary domiciles with perfunctory furnishings and individual use accoutrements like soaps, shampoos, and mouthwashes. Used once these items are thrown away. Used for a day, each room is inhabited and abandoned, like a [...]



breaking amish

In 2012, MTV’s Buckwild founded a genre that could one day be referred to as “degenerate porn,” wherein an isolated group of nine teenagers from West Virginia act crazy on a regular basis, refute the role of adulthood and avoid responsibility at all costs. As per usual, this MTV-produced show was 98% scripted, thus – much like [...]