REVIEW: Vice (2018)

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The following is a review of Vice — Directed by Adam McKay.

In recent years, comedy filmmaker Adam McKay has successfully changed his reputation in Hollywood. He was once thought of as one of the great funny-man directors of the industry, with such films as Anchorman and The Other Guys. But with 2015’s The Big Short — a film about the financial crisis of 2008 — McKay became known for his unconventional techniques in covering a disastrous true story. It didn’t work for everyone, but, for the most part, I really enjoyed his first foray into this style of political filmmaking.  Continue reading “REVIEW: Vice (2018)”

REVIEW: Burning (2018)

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The following is a review of Burning (‘버닝‘) — Directed by Lee Chang-dong.

There are a couple of news reports during the first hour of Lee Chang-dong’s Burning. During the reading of these reports, the frustrated Lee Jong-su (played by Yoo Ah-in) is walking through his family home, a farm house so close to the North Korean border that he’s able to hear North Korean propaganda out in the open. As he is walking through the house, we hear how his generation is struggling to find work in South Korea, and we also see President Donald Trump on a television screen. Continue reading “REVIEW: Burning (2018)”

REVIEW: The Favourite (2018)

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The following is a review of The Favourite — Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

When I first saw the brilliant-but-beautifully-absurd The Lobster a couple of years ago, I was wildly impressed with this ‘new’ director that I thought I had come upon. That was an extremely assured but absurdist-to-the-bone English-language debut, and he followed it up with The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which is another successful but very odd film. I’ve enjoyed both of these English-language films, so I was, naturally, intrigued by his next inspired and auteurist foray into English-language filmmaking — The Favourite. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Favourite (2018)”

REVIEW: Cold War (2018)

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The following is a review of Cold War (‘Zimna wojna‘) — Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War for three Oscars including Best Director and Best Foreign Language Film. The day before last, I finally got to see the European Film Awards-darling, and, today, I’m ready with a review of one of the best films not in the English Language from 2018. Continue reading “REVIEW: Cold War (2018)”

REVIEW: Før Frosten (2019)

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The following is a review of Før Frosten (also known as ‘Before the Frost‘) — Directed by Michael Noer.

Før Frosten is Michael Noer’s fifth narrative feature film. Noer, whose last feature film was the remake of Papillon starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek, has returned to his native country to make a dirty and cold period drama about the pursuit of happiness and survival in 19th Century Denmark. Continue reading “REVIEW: Før Frosten (2019)”

76th Golden Globes Results: Reaction – Special Features #42

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association had not gone gaga for Gaga (or A Star is Born). Glenn Close made the Best Actress-Oscars category into a true battle. Roma performed well. Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody both overperformed, and the film critic community is not happy about it. Let’s talk about all of it. Continue reading “76th Golden Globes Results: Reaction – Special Features #42”