Reviews

Frankie & Alice Review

Frankie & Alice Review

The eight individuals in total credited for Frankie & Alice under story and screenplay make terribly tempting—too tempting for many, no doubt—the allure of an arguably insensitive joke. But to suggest the movie might share the dissociative identity disorder of its subject is ... Read More »

Mistaken For Strangers Review

Mistaken For Strangers Review

I am a twentysomething, white, middle class, American male with depressive tendencies and artistic aspirations, which is a convoluted way of saying that I’m a big fan of The National, a band that captures the joys of feeling down like few else can. It was with a mixture of trepid... Read More »

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Review

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Review

For most of human history, it wasn’t all that hard to find the “end of the world,” to fall out of society and venture to a place where you would never have to see other people again. Society’s grip on any individual was fairly weak—if you didn’t like the rules, it wasn’t hard to ... Read More »

10 Rules for Sleeping Around Review

10 Rules for Sleeping Around Review

“I’m reaching for the bottom” chirp the peppy pop lyrics of the song over which 10 Rules for Sleeping Around’s opening credits unfold, and oh what an apt sentiment it is. Leslie Greif’s soi-disant sex comedy reaches for the bottom and doesn’t stop there, sinking beneath the surfa... Read More »

Full Frame: Light Fly, Fly High Review

Full Frame: Light Fly, Fly High Review

A young woman from the lower caste, or Dalit, in southern India named Thulasi dreams of becoming a professional boxer. While the stigma of being Dalit already constitutes one obstacle to her dream, Thulasi finds that in the women’s boxing world are other, hidden obstacles to movi... Read More »

Reel World Film Festival: Millions Review

Reel World Film Festival: Millions Review

Millions doesn’t work half as well as I think it wants to. While that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad film, it does mean that it’s not all that good of one. With a more talented director or a more natural sounding script, the picture could have been a great deal more than w... Read More »

The Unknown Known Review

The Unknown Known Review

Though well designed and quite entertaining, Errol Morris’ latest documentary, The Unknown Known (2013), unfortunately does more to obscure than to inform. Morris’ patented focus on content without paying attention to how form is part of a film’s narration—and especially importan... Read More »

Jaime on Criterion: Hoop Dreams Review – NP Approved

Jaime on Criterion: Hoop Dreams Review – NP Approved

Leaving behind one of Japan’s greatest gifts was hard to do, for my first stop on my new journey through the Criterion collection. As I walk on my path, I start to get the feeling I might be back in my home country of North America. Turns out I’m in Chicago, in an empty basketbal... Read More »

ReelWorld Film Festival: The Red House Review – NP Approved

ReelWorld Film Festival: The Red House Review – NP Approved

Alyx Duncan’s debut feature is one of the best first films I’ve ever seen. She is absolutely assured in everything she does in this film, which is a lot. She not only wrote and directed it, but she’s also credited as one of the cinematographers and a producer and about half a d... Read More »

Full Frame: The Hand That Feeds Review

Full Frame: The Hand That Feeds Review

The Hand That Feeds is a film documenting the struggle of twelve employees as they take on the powerful investors who own a well known New York restaurant franchise over poor working conditions and unfair wages. Or at least that’s what this documentary is supposed to be about. In... Read More »

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