Le Week-end (2014; Dir.: Roger Michell) GRADE: B- By Daniel Barnes Although there are a number of visual references to the films of the French New Wave in Roger Michell’s rambunctious romance Le Week-end, they are only local color in what amounts to a fetching but unmemorable piece […]
Child’s Pose (2013; Dir.: Calin Peter Netzer) GRADE: B By Daniel Barnes Like Le Week-End, Calin Peter Netzer’s raw family drama Child’s Pose is a slave to its stylistic influences, only here we are awash in the handheld signifiers of cinematic verisimilitude. And like Le Week-End director Roger Michell, Romanian […]
In Need for Speed, a street racer is blamed for the death of his friend in a street race, leaving him only one way to clear his name…a street race! Only French actress Eva Green transcends the cartoonish mayhem of 300: Rise of an Empire.
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How I Live Now (2013; Dir.: Kevin MacDonald) GRADE: C+ By Daniel Barnes This barely released drama from The Last King of Scotland director Kevin MacDonald is an odd-duck hybrid of a teenage summer romance and an apocalyptic nightmare. How I Live Now has some interesting ambitions, but […]
House Party (1990; Dir.: Reginald Hudlin) GRADE: B By Mike Dub My pick for an All-Night Party Movie, the 1990 teen comedy House Party, is a lively and entertaining romp that follows a group of teenagers over the course of a night spent partying and trying to score. Directed […]