Writer and Film Critic
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed 2022
Were I to excavate a central theme within the 2022 year in film, it would be that the super-rich are destroying any and all attempts at upholding a civilized society. The Menu, Glass Onion, Triangle of Sadness, Bodies Bodies Bodies, Confess, Fletch, even The Batman all explore this motif, sometimes with humour and sometimes with an ominous admonitory. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed does neither because documentarian Laura Poitras doesn’t really need to. None of the actual declarations, affirmations…
Compartment No. 6 2021
To quote a great animated series about an anthropomorphic horse: All we have in this terrifying world are the connections we make.* Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s second feature takes that sentiment and cloaks it inside a somewhat old fashioned romantic-comedy scenario. The theme is a familiar one: A young Finnish woman (Seidi Haarla), living in Moscow as a student and having a rather cooled love affair with her professor, takes a train trip to the arctic port of Murmansk to…
The General 1926
I'm not sure why people scoff at old movies. They are still new to those who have not seen them.
The Hottie & The Nottie 2008
Even though I can't quite recommend the film, I do recommend the DVD commentary for those who want to hear over and over again how "Paris has such a big heart".