Molly’s Game

Molly’s Game

A true story doesn't always mean an interesting story and it certainly doesn't always mean a good film.  The history of cinema is littered with turgid true tales.  Often even an interesting truth can make for a less than fascinating couple of hours in a darkened cinema.  The formula for turning the truth into movie [...]

A Story of Children and Film by Mark Cousins 

A Story of Children and Film by Mark Cousins 

***This review was originally posted on myfilms2010*** This is not the story of children in film. This is a story of children in film.Maybe though it isn't really a story at all.Maybe story isn't all that important.Children are important.Childhood is important.This is a poem about children and about childhood.This film is poetry in motion.This film is, like all great poetry, pure [...]

Hostiles

Hostiles

The themes, iconography, stories and imagery of the Western rarely stay out of the mainstream for very long, right now "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri" is one of the most talked about and anticipated films of the year (already) and despite its contemporary setting it is, very clearly, a Western.  "Hostiles" though is  Western, [...]

On Body and Soul

On Body and Soul

A slaughterhouse serves as the setting for this darkly comic and genuinely unsettling film from Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi.  Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival it is a beautiful film in many ways despite several shocking and disturbing moments. Endre is the financial director at the slaughterhouse.  He is a quiet [...]

North By Northwest

North By Northwest

"The Wreck of the Mary Deare" by Hammond Innes tells the mysterious tale of a cargo boat sailing on the English Channel with only one crew member.  The boat is discovered by a salvage vessel...where are the rest of the crew of the cargo ship?  Why has only one person "survived" whatever it is that [...]

The Greatest Showman 

The Greatest Showman 

What a delight. The story of P.T Barnum.  No. A story of P.T Barnum.  From his humble beginnings as a tailor's assistant to global fame, wealth and a place in history, the life story of Barnum is quite the tale.  Director Michael Gracey is utterly disinterested in the truth or in presenting a biopic.  Instead [...]