11. The Box

Richard Kelly made one of the most challenging movies for teenagers across America when Donnie Darko came out. He confounded America with his follow up, the bat-shit (but underappreciated) Southland Tales. Then he made The Box....and....well, this week we delve deep into the proverbial box inside all of us...or something...my head hurts.

June 4th, 2014

Salesman and the changing nature of the documentary

Documentary films have become ubiquitous in a culture that embraces the ease and hard-lined format of reality series. The problem is that these films have also become disposable as they tend to preach to the choir, more so than not. Salesman serves as a comparison of what went wrong with the documentary format, and rambling ensues.

May 22nd, 2014

3 Women and the Dismal World That Makes Them 1

Robert Altman was a true auteur who could not be tamed. Just look at the weirdness he produced with big-studio money when they tagged him onto a Popeye project. But he was a master of understated personal films, and he used a woman's perspective the way that few male directors ever did, not only treating them as people but making the unpopular statement that a man was not the answer to a woman's problems. 3 Women stands out as a highlight among those films.

May 20th, 2014

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