Category Archives: International

High Life review — Arty sci-fi lost in space

Directed by Clare Denis | Written by Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox, and Nick Laird | 113 min Clare Denis leaves behind her colonial concerns and her French language films—her most recent being the diverting Let The Sunshine In—for an English debut set in deep space. To call it retro-futurist would be a stretch, but it…Read More

Carbon Arc Reviews — Winter 2019 Season

Carbon Arc Independent Cinema's most recent season has concluded. As a programmer I am grateful to have been able contribute to the screening selection, though as a volunteer I wasn't able to see every film that showed. The ones I missed, disappointingly, include Rafiki, Capernaum, Styx, Birds Of Passage, and Ziva Postec: The Editor Behind The Film Shoah.…Read More

Stockholm review — Cancel this Swedish vacation

Written and Directed by Robert Budreau | 92 min Stockholm is a stultifying experience at the movies due to the picture's sheer lack of identity. Writer-director Budreau gave us a mediocre Chet Baker biopic, Born To Be Blue, and here he's back with another bland, lifeless picture. Stockholm introduction includes the tag line: "based on an…Read More

Cold War review — Potent love story spans decades

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski | Written by Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki, and Piotr Borkowski | 89 min Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida from 2013 was an Oscar winner and high water mark for the Polish filmmaker, whose 2004 same-sex romantic drama My Summer of Love launched Emily Blunt into the cinematic universe. Accordingly, my expectations for this film were outsized, and it did not…Read More