The Beauty of Eternity: “Clouds of Sils Maria” Review

Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria is more than just another meta-film because it’s a film about more than its own subject matter—that is, theater—but about the ontology of art in relation to our perceptions of our own modern culture through time and so Assayas has achieved a monumental feat in creating a film that’s…

Film of the Week: “Husbands”

9/7/2015-9/14/2015 John Cassavetes’ “Husbands” is a film filled with kinetic energy from start to finish and it is Cassavetes’ focus on movement in the film that partly helps define it. “Husbands” begins with a montage of images that recall Chris Marker’s 1962 “La Jetée,” in which the narrative is told through a series of still-images…

Consumer Creation: “Ex Machina” Review

Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina” may be another film amongst many concerning the Frankenstonian relationship between master and creator but what separates “Ex Machina” from not only its contemporaries but also its predecessors, is the film’s thematic roots in modernity—specifically the internet culture which has come to define the current generation at hand. “Ex Machina’s” main…

Film of the Week: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

8/30/2015-9/6/2015 Chantal Akerman’s “Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” is not an easy film to watch; with a run time of a little over three hours (although this pales in comparison to Sátántangó and Shoah, whose runtimes are seven and nine hours respectively) and a focus on long takes as well as a…

Film of the Week: “Do the Right Thing”

8/22/2015-8/29/2015 Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” was a film that was not only contemporary for its release but also ahead of its time. Released in 1989—over two decades ago—“Do the Right Thing’s” political backdrop is both more than relevant in modern America but is still able to spark a conversation on race relations and…

Teenage Fear: “It Follows” Review

David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows” is a horror film that is both modern while simultaneously paying subtle homage to the horror films that paved the way for it; the main cast is comprised of a group of older teenagers, who, driven by the same sex culture which drove their predecessors to death in other horror…

Film of the Week: “Spider”

8/14/2015-8/21/2015 Today, David Cronenberg stands as a contemporary director in the pantheon of auteurs. Having a process in at least directing and writing or producing many of the works that have earned him this title, (“Stereo,” “Scanners,” “Videodrome,” and “eXistenZ,” to name a few) Cronenberg’s name calls upon images of human disfiguration, odd forms of…