The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist is a true gift for fans of The Room

I’ve rarely seen an audience respond to a film as raucously as I did at a recent preview screening of James Franco’s new film, The Disaster Artist. And it’s hard to blame them. This comedic account of the making of The Room by Tommy Wiseau, the most celebrated bad film to grace the silver screen…

By James Curnow
Dirty Harry

Siding with ‘Dirty Harry’ on the Use of Violence in Movies

Think anyone in the history of movie-watching ever felt sorry for serial killer “Scorpio” in the 1971 Don Siegel policier Dirty Harry? What, no one at all? Not even when Clint Eastwood’s Inspector Harry Callahan tortures the guy by stepping on his injured leg after shooting him on a football field? Or when he stabs…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Blade Runner

Nudity, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and the Hollywood Gaze

The biggest problem with Denis Villeneuve’s misfire of a sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is not its sizeable length. Nor is it the fact that the music at the climax misguidedly referenced Vangelis’ wistful primary theme from Ridley Scott’s original 1982 film Blade Runner—a melody that calls attention to the fact that Hans Zimmer…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok – The God of Thunder Trades Hammer for Humor

2017: a year in which a movie about The Goddess of Death is the gut-busting comedy of the year. Irony has rarely been penned so beautifully, and so surprisingly signed off by a major, family-friendly studio. Thor: Ragnarok, the latest title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is as much like its predecessors as Shakespeare is…

By Cory Woodroof
The Florida Project

Review: The Florida Project finds sunshine in the rain

At numerous times in Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, the director and co-writer splices together two starkly different realities. One – the city of dreams, where tucked between the highways and residential Orlando lies Disney World, the other happiest place on Earth, where people take family vacation, spend honeymoons and anniversaries, ride roller coasters, stay…

By Cory Woodroof
la fille inconnue

Review: La fille inconnue (The Unknown Girl)

You know that old saying “Lesser Dardennes is still better than most anything else?” OK, it’s not an old saying because I just made it up. But it should be. Because with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes, movies that fall several notches down on their list of achievements are significantly better than the vast bulk of…

By Jonathan Eig
Mother!

Movie Review: Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!

About ten years back, I went to a play at one of my local rep theatres. If I remember right, it was an American premiere, but I suppose that doesn’t really figure into the story. The next day, I was inspired to send a $100 contribution to the theatre, with the accompanying note. “I saw…

By Jonathan Eig