Uncut Gems (2019) – Dir: Josh Safdie (Heaven Knows What) and Benny Safdie

Adam Sandler disappears into the role of young, Jewish hustler and degenerate gambler, Howard Ratner, with big dreams and a sharp mind. A wife who loathes him and doesn’t understand him, but his kids love him. His girlfriend is in love with him and she is sweet and devoted, even if it is somewhat difficultContinue reading “Uncut Gems (2019) – Dir: Josh Safdie (Heaven Knows What) and Benny Safdie”

The Deal (2008) – Dir: Steven Schachter (The Wool Cap)

William H. Macy as Charlie and Meg Ryan as Deidre star in this quirky drama about depression and the mainstream industry filmmaking process. It’s more about filmmaking than depression, but it’s a depressing picture of the industry. Not to worry, though, there are artists who defy the system and things seem to improve for themContinue reading “The Deal (2008) – Dir: Steven Schachter (The Wool Cap)”

The Five Obstructions (2003) – Dir: Lars Von Trier (The Idiots, Dogville) and Jorgen Leth (The Erotic Man)

One of my favourite Von Trier films, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s better than his fiction. If you want to understand me, watch this movie and you might half get it. Probably one of the best films about the creative process and it is approached as an art experiment. This movie isContinue reading “The Five Obstructions (2003) – Dir: Lars Von Trier (The Idiots, Dogville) and Jorgen Leth (The Erotic Man)”

The Zero Theorem (2013) – Dir: Terry Gilliam (Monty Python, The Fisher King)

Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) is Qohen (pronounced Ko-en) Leth. His boss the interesting nerd, Joby (David Thewlis) often mispronounces Qohen’s name, calling him Quinn. Joby is angsty and anxiety-ridden, he’s a little bit crazy. Thewlis’s Joby lacks presence. He doesn’t really follow through with the character. Joby is an administrator, an overseer of the ITContinue reading “The Zero Theorem (2013) – Dir: Terry Gilliam (Monty Python, The Fisher King)”

Living on One Dollar (2013) – Dir: Ryan Christoffersen and Zach Ingrasci

What would life be like if you had to survive on one dollar per day as your only income? Four middle class, suburban, male, college students travel to a small rural village in Guatemala, called Pena Blanca, to try and answer this question. And also what would it be like to explore that world havingContinue reading “Living on One Dollar (2013) – Dir: Ryan Christoffersen and Zach Ingrasci”

Last Days Here (2011) – Dir: Demian Fenton and Don Argott

The title remarks upon a 54 year old crack and heroin addict who appears to be on his last legs. Robert Liebling is a fading rock star, who never had his big moment. Pentagram was a heavy metal band described as a street version of Black Sabbath. Liebling was their singer. Despite being an extremelyContinue reading “Last Days Here (2011) – Dir: Demian Fenton and Don Argott”

A Dangerous Method (2011) – Dir: David Cronenberg (eXistenZ, The Fly)

Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) is mentored by Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) to attempt to study and practice an experimental medical approach called talking therapy. He tries it out on a serious patient, Sabina (Keira Knightly.) She has physical tics and jerks, irrational reactions to the smallest things. When she is committed to the hospital inContinue reading “A Dangerous Method (2011) – Dir: David Cronenberg (eXistenZ, The Fly)”

Sleepers (1996) – Dir: Barry Levinson (Toys, Donnie Brasco)

Beautifully haunting music sets the scene. Jason Patric as the grownup Shakes gives a sufficiently haunted and fitting narration for the innocence stolen from these kids, because of a stupid prank. Hell’s Kitchen – sweaty ass neighbourhood in New York. You know the place, the place you grew up hating. Spent your childhood and willContinue reading “Sleepers (1996) – Dir: Barry Levinson (Toys, Donnie Brasco)”

Leaving Las Vegas (1995) – Dir: Mike Figgis (Timecode, Cold Creek Manor)

It has been stated that nothing changes in this tragic drama film. That because we find meaning in a story from the change in values between the beginning and the end, and the reason for that change, that there is no change in Leaving Las Vegas and therefore no meaning. I disagree. A man, BenContinue reading “Leaving Las Vegas (1995) – Dir: Mike Figgis (Timecode, Cold Creek Manor)”

Temple Grandin (2010) – Dir: Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard, Volcano)

Claire Danes undergoes an impressive transformation to become the aggressively shy and curious, passionate, compassionate, amazing mind of Temple Grandin, the protagonist of this story. She is a young student with Aspurgers syndrome and an interest in cows. She has the mind of an engineer, but she also understands animals. From an early stage, sheContinue reading “Temple Grandin (2010) – Dir: Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard, Volcano)”

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