One of the driving forces behind ESFS has always been to search for the new, even in the things that we think we know. Therefore, I happily admit that going into this festival, Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni is almost a complete blind spot for me. I watched and […]
The Criterion trailer for the first film from our first festival, Antonioni’s “L’Avventura”. Read Daniel Barnes’ review of L’Avventura.
Daniel Barnes reviews in this week’s issue of the Sacramento News and Review: Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to A Separation doesn’t have that film’s immediate impact, but it could prove to have a longer emotional reach The Lego Movie – yes, The Lego Movie – is as wildly imaginative […]
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013; Dir.: Joel and Ethan Coen) Grade: A- By Mike Dub Inside Llewyn Davis is a difficult film to write about. It is so rich, clever, and unexpected that to provide virtually any detail at all would be to rob the reader of the pleasure of […]
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013; Dir.: Martin Scorsese) Grade: B- By Mike Dub The Wolf of Wall Street is Martin Scorsese’s newest profile of the rich and sleazy. The hero in his latest film, financial hustler Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), and his friends have so much money […]
American Hustle (2013; Dir.: David O. Russell) Grade: B By Mike Dub Hollywood has a natural fascination with the con game. Filmmakers tend to have a certain ease depicting people who are constantly “in character,” who set up elaborate plots of misdirection and deception. It’s no coincidence that […]