Sundance 2014: CALVARY Review

     February 10, 2015

The Catholic Church can give absolution to sinners who feel true repentance.  The Church is a vessel for God’s forgiveness.  But their cover-up of sex abuse was, by the morals of any civilized human being, unforgivable.  John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary …

Sundance 2014: LAGGIES Review

     February 10, 2015

There is certain kind of movie that I would describe as a “Sundance Comedy”.  They’re technically indie films even though they feature movie stars, and they’re almost always fairly tame.  They’re cute at best and forgettable at worst, and Lynn …

Sundance 2014: THE BABADOOK Review

     February 10, 2015

One of the great things about film festivals is that you can go in cold to almost anything.  There’s been little to no advertising, and you make choices based partially on what’s available at a certain time and partially on …

Sundance 2014: BOYHOOD Review

     February 10, 2015

Boyhood is a miracle.  It is truly unique.  It is a masterpiece.  It is one of the best coming-of-age movies ever made.  These superlatives may seem grandiose or even hyperbolic, but Richard Linklater’s 12-year project is a work of art …

Sundance 2014: COLD IN JULY Review

     February 10, 2015

Genre is a lifeline.  We cling to it in order to guide our expectations of a film, and while genres can be blended, we expect them to remain consistent.  But just because a clearly stated genre is conventional, that doesn’t …

Sundance 2014: IVORY TOWER Review

     February 10, 2015

After they leave higher education, young people are told they’ll be entering the “real world”, i.e. an unstructured environment where they’ll have to be self-sufficient.  They’ll also be entering an absolutely insane place where among the myriad of problems they’ll …

Sundance 2014: YOUNG ONES Review

     February 10, 2015

There are rare times when everything in a movie can work—its direction, performances, etc.—and yet the picture somehow comes up short.  This is the problem with trying to judge movies piecemeal.  For all of the different aspects that make up …

Sundance 2014: WISH I WAS HERE Review

     February 10, 2015

It’s been ten long years since Zach Braff directed a feature film.  Those that fell hard for Garden State—myself included—looked forward to seeing another directorial effort from Braff, and now the time has finally come with Wish I Was Here.  …

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