Review: ‘Sundown’

Michel Franco’s Sundown is a film of two halves. Almost antagonistic to a point in the first portion, those who stick with its initial ambivalent vibe will most certainly be awed by where the film takes its viewer by its end. Afraid to give away too many details, I’ll try my best. Needless to say, at first glance, the lead character played to icy detachment … Continue reading Review: ‘Sundown’

Review: ‘Parallel Mothers’

Anyone who has followed the filmmaking career of Pedro Almodovar understands his tendency to veer into the realm of soap opera. But beneath this sheer of simplicity in which people revolve in and out love, his films also strike at honest truths. His latest film, Parallel Mothers, follows much of the same formula. On the surface, it’s a film about uneasy motherhood and Penelope Cruz … Continue reading Review: ‘Parallel Mothers’

Review: ‘A Hero’

The knotty moral suspense of an Asghar Farhadi is a genre all its own. Building quietly at first before it spirals into a web of compromise, guilt, strained forgiveness and tragic consequence, his latest film A Hero travels down some of these same complicated paths. If it’s not as potent as his previous films, A Hero still reverberates with the precision of a master filmmaker’s … Continue reading Review: ‘A Hero’

Review: ‘Encounter’

In a genre such as horror, the idea of a person’s deteriorating mental health can have chilling consequences where the boundaries of reality and confusion conjure up serious boogeyman vibes. Most recently explored in films like The Night House (2021) and The Vigil (2020), viewers aren’t privy to where truth ends and make believe begins, which can create some dizzying archs of fiction. The same … Continue reading Review: ‘Encounter’

Review: ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’

I don’t know the work of Louis Wain, but once Will Sharpe’s film about the artist introduced his works in small portions before going full extravaganza in the final credits, I’m prepared to comply with the idea that he was a genius of image and color, predating the psychedelic tie-dye posters of the 60’s a half century before they became popular. His prolific images of … Continue reading Review: ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’