REVIEW: Bones and All (2022)

Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell in BONES AND ALL — PHOTO: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures / Warner Bros. Pictures.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino — Screenplay by David Kajganich.

Call Me By Your Name was my introduction to the work of Italian auteur Luca Guadagnino. In my review of Call Ne By Your Name, I went to great lengths in emphasizing the power of cinema, the universality and transformative nature of Guadagnino’s film, and a couple of the incredibly well-realized performances in said film. Since then, I’ve seen a few additional films of his, but none of them have reached the heights of his 2017 coming-of-age masterpiece. When I first heard about the fact that Guadagnino had made a new coming-of-age film also starring Timothée Chalamet, I became very curious. When I found out that it was supposed to be a cannibal romance film, my eyes widened in surprise. Bones and All, his cannibal romance, is probably my second favorite film of his. That said, it definitely isn’t as easy of a film to, ahem, ‘eat up’ as his 2017 film was.

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REVIEW: Fire of Love (2022 – Documentary)

L to R: Maurice and Katia Krafft, in blue winter jackets, gaze upon a volcano in the distance as smoke, steam and ash swirl behind them, in a scene from FIRE OF LOVE (Credit: Image’Est)

Directed by Sara Dosa — Narrated by Miranda July — Available on Disney+ now.

Sara Dosa’s Fire of Love chronicles the careers of famed French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft from their early blossoming romance that took them close to burning hot lava to the unpredictable dangers of the gray volcano eruptions that eventually took their lives. Along the way, the documentary makes sure to emphasize how they were somewhat different, but also how devoted they were to one another, and how they eventually dedicated their lives to communicating the dangers of certain volcanoes and the need for proper timely evacuation.

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REVIEW: Cold War (2018)

Theatrical Release Poster – Kino Swiat

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)”

RETRO REVIEW: Before Sunset (2004)

Theatrical Release Poster – Warner Independent Pictures

The following is a retro review of Before Sunset — Directed by Richard Linklater.

There is a quote in this movie that sort of explains very well the differences between the outlook of Before Sunrise and the worldview of Before Sunset. Very late in the film, Celine tells Jesse that “reality and love are almost contradictory to me.” In Before Sunset, one character has absorbed the romance that another had previously exuded but now is almost absent of. 

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RETRO REVIEW: Before Sunrise (1995)

Theatrical Release Poster – Columbia Pictures

The following is a retro review of Before Sunrise — Directed by Richard Linklater.

For the longest time, I had wanted to finally watch Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed Before Trilogy, but I somehow never found the time — until now. This week, I watched the trilogy from start to finish over the course of maybe 30 hours. One of the greatest surprises about this Before Trilogy marathon was how hard I fell in love with the elegant young love story that Linklater presented in the first film about the unlikely lovers, Celine and Jesse.

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REVIEW: La La Land (2016)

Theatrical Release Poster - Summit Entertainment
Theatrical Release Poster – Summit Entertainment

The following is a review of La La Land – Directed by Damien Chazelle

They don’t make movies like they used to. Cinema is dead. – Odds are that you’ve encountered similar sentiments online or by the water cooler this past year. 2016 was, somewhat unfairly, called a bad year for movies, when it was just a bad year for summer blockbuster films. As is always the case with discovering new films, you have to know where to look.

It is all about finding the right talents, the right studios, or the premises that will pique your interest. Sometimes the right movie for you is one that reminds you of great classics but still isn’t blind to the nostalgia it’s feeding on. With a charismatic and charming cast, a brilliant director, and a genre that people are sometimes turned off by, La La Land is here at the right time to breathe new life into our love of movies.  Continue reading “REVIEW: La La Land (2016)”