Sundance 2012: COMPLIANCE Review

     January 30, 2012

In recent memory, only last year’s Martha Marcy May Marlene made my skin crawl and stomach turn like Compliance.  In some ways, Compliance is far worse since it goes beyond two people and instead casts an accusatory finger at humanity …

Sundance 2012: THE OTHER DREAM TEAM Review

     January 30, 2012

There is a world beyond American sports.  We would just prefer not to acknowledge it.  That’s why what we call “soccer” the rest of the world calls “football” and what we call “football” is played mostly with hands.  The Other …

Sundance 2012: THE IMPOSTER Review

     January 30, 2012

Never underestimate the power of a good dramatization.  The reenactment has taken on comic connotations due to its incompetent, lazy use on networks like The History Channel, but when used correctly, it can be an absolute powerhouse of documentary storytelling.  …

Sundance 2012: ROBOT & FRANK Review

     February 2, 2012

Not even ornery old men can resist the lure of a special robot friend.  Robot & Frank‘s hook is in its title, but it goes beyond what could have been the premise for a weekly sitcom.  Instead, the film puts …

Sundance 2012: SHADOW DANCER Review

     January 29, 2012

It’s great when movies are a slow burn, but to qualify for that description there needs to be at least some heat.  James Marsh‘s Shadow Dancer moves at a glacial pace and barely does anything to build tension.  There’s hardly …

Sundance 2012: ROOM 237 Review

     January 28, 2012

Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining is about characters who are drawn into madness by their surroundings.  Rodney Ascher‘s Room 237 is about film critics who are drawn into madness by The Shining.  Films that offer up numerous interpretations are like crack …