Melancholia (2011)

By Bryan Nixon. The notorious Dogme 95 elitist Lars von Trier hanged Bjork (Dancer in the Dark, 2000), forced Jorgen Leth to remake his 1967 short The Perfect Human in the red light district of Bombay (The Five Obstructions, 2003), and showcased the genital mutilation of Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg […]

‘Where there are Mines Lives the Devil’ – Altiplano

By Amy R Handler. Award winning filmmakers Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth have woven magic like none other in their most recent feature, Altiplano(2009). But viewers beware… This highly potent masterpiece is not for children, or the faint of heart. Perhaps the sorcery lies in Altiplano’s form, which simultaneously […]

Bride Flight: A Psychological Joyride

By Amy R Handler. Bride Flight (2008) is a haunting masterpiece that combines the strength of Dr. Zhivago with the ambiguity of The End of the Affair. The result is a psychological joyride of epic proportions. Based upon the bestselling, novel of the same name, Bride Flight focuses upon three […]

The Ides of March (2011)

By Bryan Nixon. The Ides of March functions as a raging soap opera that concerns itself with affairs within the campaign trail for the presidency of the United States of America. The presidential candidate in question is Mike Morris (George Clooney), a moral and suave democrat whose religion is the […]

One Trick Pony: The Spurlock Brand

By Daniel Lindvall. The only truthful ads are those that tell you they’re lying, claims Ralph Nader in Morgan Spurlock’s documentary, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011). As per usual with Spurlock his new film is based on one simple and calculatedly controversial idea: to make a film about branding, […]

On the Endless Road to Nowhere

By Amy R Handler. It’s difficult to know where reality ends and fiction begins in Monte Hellman’s most recent movie, Road to Nowhere(2010). And even when we’re informed that what we’ve just seen is true, we feel less at ease then ever – and wonder what games Hellman, and scriptwriter […]

A Somewhat Gentle Man

By Amy R Handler. Comedy is one of those strange and elusive phenomena that troubles even the most sensitive critical connoisseurs. It is all the more difficult to capture and sustain in a feature length film, and many have tried and failed. Luckily for us, Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland […]

Rogue Tire on Killing Spree

By Amy R Handler. Quentin Dupieux’ (a/k/a musician, Mr. Oizo) newest feature about a rogue tire-turned-serial killer and obsessed stalker, is everything cinema should be, but more often is not. A TIRE? you ask. Yes. You heard correctly, and believe it or not there’s enough in this 82-minute powerhouse to […]

Inner Realism, Danish Style

By Amy R Handler. Many filmmakers have explored the inner world of performers, but few do it as masterfully as Danish director Martin Zandvliet (Angels of Brooklyn). Teamed with actor extraordinaire, Paprika Steen (Okay), their feature Applause (Applaus, 2009) is nothing short of remarkable. Told from the perspective of Thea […]

When We Leave (2010)

By Amy R Handler. When We Leave (Die Fremde, 2010) is a simple art house drama that packs a huge socio-political wallop. It is one of those rare and tricky films where all its component parts seem to work against each other, but really move as fluidly as a well […]