The Promise

Why the Armenian-Genocide Film ‘The Promise’ Is Crucial Cinema

It’s easy to be skeptical about preachy “man must” movies. You know: “Man must” not make war. “Man must” not ruin the Earth. “Man must” not be cruel to other people. The Promise (2016) is not a “man must” movie. Rather, it’s “must-see.” The film, which follows a love triangle as it progresses during the…

By Simon Hardy Butler
The Lost City of Z

Review: James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’

James Gray’s The Lost City of Z has moments that hearken back to any old Hollywood adventure epic – the grand journeys of yesteryear in which destination and discovery were the sole rewards. The music swells, the actors look stalwart, sly and in charge, and the scope widens to reveal a scenic vista worth many…

By Cory Woodroof
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
John Wick 2

Puppet the Critic Show: John Wick 2

After I saw the poster for the second John Wick film, which seemed to have a hint of the horror film The Witch in its text and tone, I became intrigued, believing that John Wick 2 was going to use horror elements, extending the myth of Baba Yaga, and what happens to the boogey man…

By Puppet
T2 Trainspotting

From Beauty and the Beast to Trainspotting 2: Is 2017 any good?

I’ve written before on CURNBLOG about why movies released at the beginning of the calendar year are generally wretched. I’d include a link here, but you all can get off your asses (figuratively; actually you only have to type a few words into a Google search) and find it for yourselves. Sorry, I’m just in…

By Jonathan Eig