Sunday, March 30, 2014

Game of Thrones: Season 3

I get why people who had read the book filmed their loved ones watching the Red Wedding.

The Forgotten Space

A disappointment after an entire festival of fantastic documentaries, this was just another political issue film.


At first you think "walls?" By the end you think "of course, walls!"

Coast of Death

The dangerous, difficult and/or Sisyphean work and activity of the denizens of beauteous Galicia, Spain. (Original title: Costa da Morte)

The Absent Stone

The structure of the film parallels the mysterious circumstances surrounding both the origin and the move of this ancient stone idol. (Original title: La Piedra Ausente)

Los Angeles Plays Itself

Although specific to LA and its moviemaking industry, the ruin, beauty and lost past are no different from other old cities, like, Detroit.

The Decline of Western Civilization Part III

Not so much a follow-up film on punk rock as a heartrending expose of the life of homeless kids.

The Decline of Western Civilization

Do you like punk rock? Doesn't matter - you'll go 250 beats per minute anyway.

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

A stream-of-conscious rendering of the 3rd-world equivalent of shipping containers.


Hypnotic, gorgeous, transcendent - much like what I assume Nepal is like itself.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Pickup on South Street

How the heck is this not as famous as, say, The Maltese Falcon or The Big Sleep?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Top of the Lake (mini-series)

The natural beauty is stupendous. I can't say the same about the storytelling.

Upstream Color

For hours after watching this, your life feels like a series of moments captured in snapshots.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Great Gatsby

That's a heady mix of flamboyant, sparkling Luhrmann and eloquent, symbolic Fitzgerald.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Compelling storytelling- about sheepherding- but with an odd final focus for this observational doc.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Veronica Mars

Were the wait and the hoopla worth it? I'll give it a 72% success rate.

Bigger Stronger Faster*

Prime example of the power of a personally motivated tale (and natural directing and editing talent).

Monday, March 10, 2014

Last Train Home

Can't say it better than Ebert: "The rulers of China may someday regret that they distributed the works of Marx so generously." (Original title: Gui tu lie che)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Man of Steel

You thought the Avengers destroyed NYC (Metropolis, NYC, tomato, tomahto).

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014