The President’s Analyst

The President’s Analyst: The 50th anniversary of a prescient classic

“We, the undersigned mental health professionals, believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of the President of the United States.” That is how a recent petition began and it gathered close to 30,000 signatures in a few weeks.…

By Jonathan Eig
Boxing Helena

Revisiting Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s ‘Boxing Helena’

David Lynch is an undeniable master of his craft, a true maverick and one the greatest surrealist filmmakers of all time. In 1993 his daughter, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, would attempt to follow in his footsteps with her bizarre and disturbing directorial debut, Boxing Helena. However, after a harsh critical response and poor box office returns…

By Corin Totin
Joel Edgerton The Gift

Reviewing Joel Edgerton’s ‘The Gift’

A beautiful young couple move into a beautiful house in the American suburbs. He has a new job and she is working freelance. Everything is perfect, right? The Gift shows us that our past can catch up with us when we least expect it, threatening to unveil secrets and turning everything upside down. Ten years…

By Stuart Greenfield
The Gift

SPOILER ALERT: Interpreting Joel Edgerton’s ‘The Gift’

Whenever a first-time writer director creates a finely-crafted and satisfying psychological thriller, as Joel Edgerton has done with The Gift, there is cause to celebrate. Edgerton’s movie, however, has an ending that is either troubling or brilliant – or perhaps both; an ending that makes us reconsider the very nature of how we view and…

By Jonathan Eig
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
A Walk Among the Tombstones

Thrillers Reviewed: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ and ‘Septimo’

I really like Scott Frank. The writer of such sharp screenplays as Get Shorty (1995), Dead Again (1991), and Minority Report (2002), Frank has worked steadily in recent years on some popular movies, but has sadly not written anything I have been interested in for a long time now. And I really like Liam Neeson.…

By Jonathan Eig
Calvary John Michael McDonagh

John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary: The Mystery of Faith and Forgiveness

“I am going to kill you, Father, because you are innocent.” That line, delivered by an anonymous and unseen penitent in the opening scene of John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary, dominates all that follows. And yet, the actual plot of McDonagh’s second feature pays little mind to the threat and all it entails. And because of…

By Jonathan Eig