• Stranger Than Paradise

    Stranger Than Paradise

    ★★★½

    Jim Jarmusch was never a mainstream filmmaker yet there is something that makes his films very comfortable to watch. It is probably something to do with the relaxed pacing, the scruffy characters, the way he captures the more rough aspects of american landscape and of course the great ost.

    All these elements are present in this early flick from Jarmusch's filmography. A rough diamond of a movie that captures your attention despite the deliberate monotony that permeates its simple story.…

  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    ★★½

    Effective b-movie that combines western with horror. It actually takes its time with the build up but in the last hour provides the viewer with some memorable action and gore scenes without saturating our senses. The central premise relies on the old racist "white man versus uncivilized savages" theme a bit too much though. Overall entertaining enough to spend two mindless hours with it.

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

    ★★½

    To be honest I was expecting more considering the hype and the awards that accompanied this film. As an erotic tale is certainly adequate and the director incorporates cleverly some visual motifs to the film's themes such as the color blue or the food consumption. Also the lead actresses are very promising fresh faces that commit to their roles.

    Unfortunately Blue as a whole fell a little flat. There are glimpses of something deeper behind this otherwise typical story of…

  • The Past

    The Past

    ★★★

    Farhadi's latest film doesn't reach the heights of his previous ones. I have seen only Abou Elly and Separation which were brilliant human centered dramas told with a suspenseful intensity almost hitchcockian. Their intensity was derived from the integration of human drama with the social reality of Iran but here Farhadi moves his story to France.

    The Past shares many elements with Farhadi's previous films especially in the way the director presents us a matrix of human relationships within two…

  • Leviathan

    Leviathan

    ★★★★

    If I had to summarize the film's themes in one word I would choose 'disintegration'. In the duration of this film we are witnessing the disintegration of the capitalist Russia's state which is operating for the benefit of an economic elite and the disintegration of the social web and of the Russian family which are being demolished by the greed of the aforementioned oligarchy.

    The first hour of the film, which takes place in a small town located in the…

  • Victoria

    Victoria

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    First of all I really believe that Victoria as a film in general is a failure. An interesting failure nonetheless because the central gimmick that is using (the whole story of the film is conveyed through one single shot) distinguishes and simultaneously hinders this film.

    For one thing as a technical achievement this film is certainly impressive. It isn't the first movie that is composed by one single shot.
    Other films previously either created the illusion of the one single…

  • Marshland

    Marshland

    ★★★★

    La isla mínima (known as Marshland to the Anglophones) at the surface resembles countless other crime films and stories. Two cops with very different personalities are summoned to an unfamiliar place in order to solve a crime and in the process they uncover dark secrets that lie under the small community.
    What makes the difference in this film however is how the filmmakers make use of the setting. The movie takes place in Spain during the Spanish transition to democracy…

  • Wild Tales

    Wild Tales

    ★★★½

    I had a blast watching this. Very entertaining and the anthology format makes it very watchable. Plus the overall performance of the ensemble cast is really solid and the production values very slick. The movie has its issues of course. The second and the fifth story don't end in a satisfactory way and the script often resorts to making its characters' behavior irrational. Moreover the film's humor is quite dark, almost sadistic, not for the faint of heart. You will laugh but you may feel bad for laughing at the misery and the violent situations that are portrayed here.