Tag Archives: SF

April 06

The Auteurs: Terry Zwigoff

Among the group of filmmakers who helped to make the documentary film genre a viable place in the world of American cinema, Terry Zwigoff is a figure that has managed to carve out his own unique space in independent films. Similar to those he has profiled in his documentaries and narrative films, Zwigoff is an […]

March 14

The Auteurs: Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen is a filmmaker who has made quite a name for himself thanks to films that capture the darker aspects of humanity. Starting out in the world of art, his artistic background is prominent in his trio of celebrated cinematic works. Though he only has three films to his credit, McQueen has already become […]

March 08

Eddie the Eagle

For anyone that has followed the world of ski jumping, or British Olympic history, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is considered a legend. Despite having never won a medal, he proved that dreams can come true if one is determined to make them happen. In Dexter Fletcher’s biopic of Edward’s life, aptly titled Eddie the Eagle, […]

February 16

The Auteurs: Alejandro Amenábar

Among one of the finest figures in Spanish cinema, Alejandro Amenábar is a filmmaker who arrived on the scene during a new wave of Spanish films in 1990’s. His films often tell stories of struggle and darkness while effortlessly reconfiguring genre tropes and molding them into something new. Whether exploring themes of death or examining […]

February 11

Hail, Caesar!

The latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, Hail, Caesar!, is a tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood and its changing climate in the 1950’s. The premise follows a fixer named Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) who, aside from cleaning up the usual messes the industry does not want the public to know, is tasked […]

February 02

Regression

Written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar, Regression is a psychological thriller revolving around a detective, Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke), tasked with investigating a sexual abuse case in a small Minnesota town in 1990. The case initially seems clear cut as John Gray (David Dencik), the father of the 17-year-old victim, Angela (Emma Watson), turned himself […]

January 20

The Revenant

Alejandro González Iñárritu latest film, The Revenant, is a dramatization about a particular period in the life of legendary American frontiersman Hugh Glass. Based on a novel by Michael Punke, and set in 1823, the film opens with Glass (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and his son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck) leading Captain Andrew Henry’s (Domhnall Gleeson) […]

January 06

The Auteurs: David Lynch (Part 4)

Part 4: (2003-Present) Fully embracing digital media, David Lynch continues to make works of art on his own terms. Jumping from features to shorts to commercials to everything in between, Lynch’s creative juices show no signs of slowing down. Of course this is good news to for his fans, especially those who are eagerly awaiting […]

January 05

The Auteurs: David Lynch (Part 3)

Part 3: (1993-2002) After several highs and lows, this particular period found David Lynch defying expectations. While he continued to make films that challenged audiences, he also showed that he was still more than capable of making works that had mainstream appeal. Hotel Room After two-years of working in television, David Lynch was planning to […]

January 03

The Auteurs: David Lynch (Part 1)

If there’s one filmmaker in the late 20th Century whose name is synonymous with the world of surrealism it’s David Lynch. With films ranging from the strange and violent to odd tales of Americana, Lynch is a filmmaker that refuses to limit himself. Whether it’s in film, television, music, art, or literature, Lynch is an […]

October 28

Steve Jobs

Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs is an unconventional bio-pic about the co-founder of Apple Computers. The film is told in three different time periods, around three different landmark products being unveiled between 1984 and 1998. Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, the film explores the life of Steve […]

October 04

The Auteurs: Jacques Tati

Among one of the masters in the art of comedy, Jacques Tati was someone who could effortlessly blend humor with social commentary like no other. He took the pantomime style of Charles Chaplin and infused it with a whimsical persona that was infectious. Though he only made six feature films, and a handful shorts, in […]

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 […]

August 02

The Auteurs: Bennett Miller

Though he has only made four feature films, Bennett Miller has quickly become one of the most intriguing filmmakers currently working in American cinema. He crafts fascinating character studies of real-life individuals who find themselves in unique and complicated situations. The characters in Miller’s films are figures whose environments play a crucial role in the […]

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 […]

June 06

Mad Max: Fury Road

From director George Miller, the man who introduced the world to Mel Gibson, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a film that not only continues the story of cult hero Max Rockatansky, but also redefines how audiences will forever look at action films. He reinvents the notion of a man searching for redemption by turning it […]

June 02

Aloha

In the world of art, there’s a saying that whenever someone gets very comfortable with their work they’re screwed. Whether it’s in literature, painting, music or films, no one should become relaxed in what they do. Aloha is the perfect example of this. The story and ideas offer nothing that is surprising or engaging. The […]

May 08

The Auteurs: Bong Joon-ho

One of the figures of the Korean New Wave movement in the late 1990s/early 2000s, Bong Joon-ho is a filmmaker that is known for making dark films that defy convention. Never wanting to be pigeonholed as a filmmaker, Bong continually challenges himself by tackling various genres. His films always manage to offer some glimmer of […]

May 05

Clouds of Sils Maria

Written and directed by Olivier Assayas, Clouds of Sils Maria is a film that revolves around an actress, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche), who is coping with aging in an industry that celebrates youth. Enders is asked to take part in a remake of Maloja Snake, a play by Wilhelm Melchior about the tragic relationship between […]

April 02

Wild Tales

Written and directed by Damian Szifron, Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) is a film that definitely lives up to its namesake. Set in Argentina, the film is an anthology that revolves around six very different stories which all share themes of violence. It explores how people can either benefit from or succumb to acts of vengeance. […]