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“Escape from New York” is Lovably Corny

April 22, 2020

Despite the depression possible in this dystopian vision of America, in the sight of an unlit skyline, Carpenter’s movie becomes a rebellious middle-finger, an anarchistic-anti-authoritarian punk growl dedicated to those fed-up with a broken world.

The popularity of pandemic movies has risen recently. (Courtesy of Facebook)

Coronavirus in the Context of Pandemic Movies: A Deep-Dive Into “Outbreak” and “Contagion”

March 25, 2020

But the film’s real prescience, and the way it best resonates with the current feelings surrounding the coronavirus, comes from the deep cinematic suspense that’s milked out of the contagion.

Film Forum Flicks: “The Whistlers” versus “Wild Goose Lake”

March 11, 2020

Instead of sophisticated murderers and sexy courtesans, there’s an unmistakable lower class feeling about “Wild Goose Lake.” It’s grittier and more realistic when characters do bad things not to make it big but just to make it at all.

“The Cordillera of Dreams” narrates a war waged in the Andes mountains. (Courtesy of Facebook)

“The Cordillera of Dreams” Explores Heartbreak of Political Trauma

March 4, 2020

A deep mournfulness forms a tangible layer over the whole of the film, serving as a sad foil to the urgency of its politics.

Unfortunately, Director Li Cheng’s newest film “Jose” is too slow and inconclusive, failing to fully come alive. (Courtesy of Facebook)

“José” Struggles to Fully Captivate

February 12, 2020

Our leading man José (Enrique Salanic) is a 19-year-old down on hard times in poor places.

Kitty Green’s “The Assistant” captures systemic abuse in the workplace. (Courtesy of Facebook)

“The Assistant” Captures Cyclical Office Abuse

February 5, 2020

It is carefree anonymity, chosen to prove that this drama could play out in any office, and that it does play out, again and again and again.

It’s a fit feeling for the time and the place of the film, but the implied carnage and resulting cynicism is never properly shown on screen.

“1917” Battles With a Lack of War Scenes

January 22, 2020

It’s a fit feeling for the time and the place of the film, but the implied carnage and resulting cynicism is never properly shown on screen.

Stephan James, Sienna Miller, Chadwick Boseman and Taylor Kitsch star in “21 Bridges,” explores cops in NYC. (Courtesy of Twitter)

“21 Bridges”: A Parable on Corrupt Police Officers

December 4, 2019

You probably recognize the name “21 Bridges” from the 6’ by 3’ promotional posters they’ve managed to plaster up at every other D train stop. That’s not the only way it’s an especially New...

Hassan Fazili's daugher finds a way to entertain herself on the trek to the EU. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Midnight Traveler Takes Viewer on a Journey

September 25, 2019

“Midnight Traveler” is a grimy, grainy, rare type of film: the personal documentary. Pieced together from about three years worth of footage shot entirely on a mobile phone, “Midnight Traveler”...

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