Archive for September, 2014

Ida Blu-Ray

Ida Blu-Ray

in Blu-Ray Reviews

Focusing on a young orphan (Agata Kulesza) experiencing life before taking her vows to become a nun, the latest from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowsk is a striking work, whether it’s in terms of narrative or visually. Supported by a beautiful, stylish black and white cinematography and a very precise direction, the film uses images and moods, rather than dialogues, to […]

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Purgatorio

Purgatorio

in Mexican Documentaries

One thing you should know before watching Rodrigo Reyes’ documentary is that it isn’t an objective work. Rather this is a meditative piece designed to make us experience the filmmaker’s personal feelings about the Mexican border. Purgatorio follows the filmmaker as he ventures along the border, from Tijuana to Juarez, meeting various figures from both sides of the fence. While […]

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Jimi: All Is By My Side

Jimi: All Is By My Side

in American Movies

While I always complain that most filmmakers play it safe, most particularly when it comes to creating formal biopics, this little indie film about the great Jimi Hendrix surprised me with its ingenuity. I’m not sure what artistic choices writer/director John Ridley (12 Years As A Slave) originally had in mind but the fact that the Hendrix estate refused to […]

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The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January

in British Movies

Known for her twisted psychological thrillers, American novelist Patricia Highsmith has been an insatiable source for movie adaptations, some of them being highly successful, from Rene Clement’s French film Purple Noon starring Alain Delon (her ideal incarnation of Ripley) to Wim Wenders’ American Friend and Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley.  Taking on a lesser known Patricia Highsmith novel, The […]

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David Bowie Is

David Bowie Is

in British Documentaries

From the very beginning of this documentary, the curators of the Victoria and Albert Museum are telling us that there are not one but several answers to what David Bowie is, which the title of their exhibit about the thin white duke. Geoffrey Marsh, Victoria Broackes and their team seem to have put a lot of thoughts into creating this […]

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