REVIEW: “Fitzcarraldo”

REVIEW: “Fitzcarraldo”

I’m not sure you can look at “Fitzcarraldo” without comparing the film’s obsessively tenacious lead character with its equally mulish and unyielding director. In fact the entire production testifies to a specific type of incomprehendible creative madness. Yet without that very madness “Fitzcarraldo”  would have been a lesser movie. “Fitzcarraldo” was written and directed by Werner … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Les Cowboys”

REVIEW: “Les Cowboys”

In “Les Cowboys” (or simply “The Cowboys” if you prefer) director Thomas Bidegain attempts to bring a modern French flavor to the John Ford western “The Searchers”. It’s certainly not the easiest undertaking considering the lofty status of the 1956 John Wayne classic, but Bidegain isn’t simply rehashing old material. He has his own story … Continue reading

REVIEW: “Wonder Woman”

REVIEW: “Wonder Woman”

You could almost sense the collective exhale from the heads of both DC Films and Warner Brothers – a profound release of sheer relief after seeing the first wave of rave reviews for the latest installment into their DC cinematic universe. It’s a monumental understatement to say, but they needed this. “Wonder Woman” was always … Continue reading

REVIEW: “The Accountant”

REVIEW: “The Accountant”

A title like “The Accountant” doesn’t exactly scream action and thrills. Instead it triggers thoughts of financial statements and tax analysis. Not exactly riveting cinema, right? But who says you can’t have a movie with just as many ledgers and spreadsheets as guns and bullets? Okay perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but you get what I … Continue reading

2017 Blind Spot Series: “Umberto D.”

2017 Blind Spot Series: “Umberto D.”

A perfect introduction to the beauty and potency of Italian neorealism would be a double feature from acclaimed director Vittorio De Sica. His movies “The Bicycle Thief” and this one, “Umberto D.” showcases everything that led the movement to be called “The Golden Age of Italian Cinema”. Neorealism dealt honestly with Italy’s moral and economic … Continue reading