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  • Arrowsmith

    Arrowsmith

    ★★½

    There is something here in the scientifically minded doctor being pulled repeatedly from his wife⁠—not that he cares⁠—and dedicated more to "science" than humanity, but what we get instead feels like merely a film going through the motions, signifying everything but dramatizing and convincing us of nothing. ⁠

  • The Whole Town's Talking

    The Whole Town's Talking

    ★★★½

    Quite good, Capra-esque material (thanks to shared screenwriters). Edward G. Robinson is great here in the double role and perfectly cast to embody a figure who is a lawless gangster on one hand and beaten down by bureaucratic excess ("The McEntire account!"). These two things are not so far apart.

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  • Capernaum

    Capernaum

    Capernaum is for people who think that the ultimate function of cinema is to make you feel sympathy for fictional people, and that political cinema is cinema that makes you feel sympathy for people who are less fortunate than you. It observes, in a frame story, the tribulations of an approximately 12-year-old boy, Zain, who fails to prevent his parents from marrying off his younger sister, runs away, and manages to fend for himself before returning home. There, he stabs…

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    Ideas about this film I am willing to entertain:
    1. We are supposed to think of Michael Stone as an awful human being.
    2. Everyone is poorly written on purpose, that's the point. Michael can't see anyone other than as a sketch of a human being that exists in relationship to him.

    Arguments about this film I am not willing to entertain:
    1. This film has any insight or anything of significance to say about Michael, the male psyche, masculinity…