Tag Archives: Benicio Del Toro

December 18

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Nine films into the franchise (if you include Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) there are certain eye-rolling tropes that one comes to expect from a Star Wars film. There will be a plan involving sneaking behind enemy lines. The Millennium Falcon (or fill in the heroic spaceship of your choice) will need to fly […]

August 18

Talking Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario on Can’t Stop the Movies

All good things must come to an end (for now at least) as Can’t Stop the Movies’ retrospective on the films of Denis Villeneuve comes to a close. Though host Andrew Hathaway and I will reconvene to talk more Villeneuve when his new film Arrival opens in the fall, we close things out with a […]

September 12

TIFF 2015: Sicario

Early on in Denis Villeneuve’ taut drug-war thriller Sicario, Alejandro, the grizzled and mysterious task force advisor, instructs FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) that “nothing will make sense to your American ears…it will all make sense in the end.” The words are meant to calm her insecurities about a mission she has no idea […]

August 29

The Auteurs: Gaspar Noé

One of the most controversial filmmakers working in cinema today, Gaspar Noé is someone who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of film and provoke audiences in the process. His films are often provocative tales that feature graphic and honest depictions of human sexuality. He is also not afraid to show the brutal ugliness that […]

June 09

The Auteurs: Alejandro González Iñárritu

One of the key figures in the new wave of Mexican films, Alejandro González Iñárritu has managed to bring something intriguing to the world of film. His unflinching depictions of death and despair often speak to the universal struggles and complexities within humanity. Recently winning an Oscar for his fifth film, and currently working on […]

March 23

The Auteurs: Julian Schnabel

Initially gaining fame as an artist, Julian Schnabel transitioned his creative passions into films that explored individuals dealing with the trials and tribulations of life. While Schnabel only has a handful of films under his belt, and an overall approach to filmmaking that differs from his peers, he has quickly emerged as one of cinema’s […]

January 24

Inherent Vice

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice is a strange mystery-comedy based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon. Set in 1970 Los Angeles, the film follows a hippie private detective named Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) on a series of misadventures. Sportello’s latest job involves helping an ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth […]

December 07

The Auteurs: Steven Soderbergh (Part 2)

After a period of successes and failures, that culminated with winning an Oscar for Traffic in 2000, the next phase of Steven Soderbergh’s career was a mixture of commercially-viable pictures and experimental works. He challenged himself creatively and took a more hands on approach in regards to cinematography and editing. Becoming a major player in […]

December 06

The Auteurs: Steven Soderbergh (Part 1)

One of the key figures in launching a new wave of American independent cinema in the 1990s, Steven Soderbergh is a filmmaker whose diverse array of films is unmatched. His films often focus on people who struggle with the realities of their situations. Whether it’s in polished studio releases or offbeat/experimental pieces, Soderbergh always keeps […]

November 08

The Auteurs: Terry Gilliam

One of the co-founding members of the famed British comedy troupe Monty Python, Terry Gilliam is a man with a distinct artistic vision. His wildly imaginative films often deal with men battling all sorts of realities. While he has gained much praise for his works, Gilliam has also been viewed as a pariah within the […]

August 04

Guardians of the Galaxy

For a company that is so self-conscious of its image, the last thing one would expect from Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy is a deliciously sly sex joke referencing the works of Jackson Pollock. Marvel may be selling Guardians as their first true family friendly film, complete with an adorable but feisty talking animal, […]