Monkey Business - Marx Bros Comedy

From Feathers to Fields: Our 10 Favourite Comedies, 1930-1945

It is a mystery that plagues pop psychologists and culturists alike. What happened to the American sense of humour? American film comedy, which dominated the world in the silent era with towering figures like Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd, took a few years to figure out the new synch sound medium in the late ’20s, and…

By Jonathan Eig and Simon Butler
Damien Chazelle's Whiplash

Forget the Oscars: Here are 2014’s Best Films and Performances

Show of hands, how many of you have seen Cavalo Dinheiiro? Maybe you know it is as Horse Money. The Portuguese documentary from director Pedro Costa tied for third in the 2014 Sight & Sound critics poll, making it the highest-ranking documentary on this respected list. Didn’t catch it? How about Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to…

By Jonathan Eig
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

This is a little embarrassing. As a self-proclaimed Jim Jarmusch fan, I was very eager to see his latest movie, a refreshingly quirky take on the vampire genre. I even wrote a rather long piece on Only Lovers Left Alive, which you can read here. So did I have egg on my face when I…

By Jonathan Eig
American Sniper

American Sniper: Chris Kyle, Clint Eastwood, American Manhood

American Sniper, an account of the life and times of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the most lethal sniper in American history, bears the classic marks of a Clint Eastwood film. Eastwood’s career, intentionally or unintentionally, has always been deeply entangled with ideas of masculinity – ideas which cumulatively seem to suggest an overarching vision of…

By James Curnow
Inherent Vice

The Inherent Vice of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice

Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice) occupies the ground halfway between the calm competence of Easy Rawlins (Denzel Washington in Devil in a Blue Dress, 1995) and the affable idiocy of the Dude (Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski, 1998). Of course, as L.A.P.I.s go (that’s Los Angeles private detective, for the acronymicly-challenged), you…

By Jonathan Eig
Under the Skin

10 Great Films Made on a Small Budget in 2014

Warning: What follows has something to do with math. But don’t worry. It’s not very complicated. I can’t read a balance sheet. The only thing I know about sines is that I am a Capricorn. Cosines? My parents cosigned my first car loan. Anything with the word “multivariable” scares me more than Russell Crowe singing.…

By Jonathan Eig

One Movie Fan’s Most Anticipated Films for 2015

As hard as it is to believe, the year in 2014 movies is over, and another year of cinema is about to begin. Anticipating movies is half the fun, and 2015 has often been described as one of the biggest years for film in quite some time. I mean, think about it. Jedis, dinosaurs, Pixar,…

By Cory Woodroof