An ideological reading of the latest Bond film, Skyfall. Author Calvert wonders, is this Bond politically progressive, or a throwback to the Ian Fleming era values?
Can a film be a serious, violent police drama, and be funny? At time very funny.
An analysis of how Jacques Tati contrasts the modern and the vernacular in architecture to sculpt social satire.
Garrett discusses what he sees as a change (largely for the better) in male intimacy in a group of recent male buddy films.
An analysis of performance in Inland Empire centered on the fragmented nature of Laura Dern's characters and the relation of this to narrative comprehension.
Matthew Hays' somewhat tongue in cheek appreciation of the 1970s (cult?) non-hit, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
An analysis of Bela Tarr's black and white, nearly dialogue-less The Turin Horse.
Hammer fan extraordinaire Mark Penny smiles all the way through the successful revival of the Hammer brand, with the 2012 film Woman in Black.
Not your usual film report. Thank god. Curti indulges in both the food and cinema of San Sebastian.
An analysis of Corbucci's masterpiece The Great Silence as a subversive spaghetti western.
A review of Five Minutes of Heaven that goes well beyond plot to discuss the cultural, moral and philosophical ramifications of a terrorist killing in Northern Ireland.
An overview of five important documentaries on the life and work of the great Andrei Tarkovsky.
Garrett’s review essay of Biutiful tackles the film's knottier thematic issues: the meaning of life and death; the transformative powers of faith; and function of fantasy in helping us to cope with life’s harsher elements.
A review of the controversial film on the Nanjing Massacres, Nanjing! Nanjing! (City of Life and Death), by Lu Chuan (China), 2009.
An analysis of two films, Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek, 2010) and Inhale (Baltasar Kormakur, 2010), that both deal with the moral and ethical issues surrounding human cloning and organ donations.