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
Autumn seasons

The best and worst movies featuring seasons in their title

The theory was sound. And then I came to February. I once had a dream. A trilogy of blogs. The first would feature movies with numbers in their titles. The second – a movie for each day of the week. And finally, one with each month of the year in its name. I wrote the…

By Jonathan Eig
Saturday Night Fever

Days of the Week: From Saturday Night Fever to His Girl Friday

Sunday, Monday, Movie Days Tuesday, Wednesday, Movie Days Thursday, Friday, Movie Days Saturday, what a day Writing this blog for you…. I know a good thing when I see one. So when my blog on numbers in movie titles scored double digit comments (11, to be exact, about half of them from me), I knew…

By Jonathan Eig
greatest films - act of killing

The 25 greatest films of the 21st Century… Thus Far

Blame Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. They drew first blood. A couple of weeks back, the NY Times critics published an essay called “The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century…So Far.” It was a pretty good list, but cineastes and film fans that despise the word “cineaste” the world over began compiling their own,…

By Jonathan Eig
Cristian Mungiu Graduation

Review: Cristian Mungiu’s ‘Graduation’

In the opening shot of Cristian Mungiu’s groundbreaking 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), we see fish swimming in a bowl. Behind the bowl, a poster of New York stands as a paradise forever out of reach. That suggestion of a free world beyond the reach of everyday Romanians becomes far more overt…

By Jonathan Eig
Going in Style

Zach Braff’s lazy remake of ‘Going in Style’

This will be the second consecutive piece I have written for Curnblog which begins by referencing an earlier piece I have written for Curnblog. That may well indicate that I have written too many things for Curnblog, or perhaps that I have just run out of ideas. But if I have run out of ideas,…

By Jonathan Eig