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Film nerds rejoice any time a long, complicated scene doesn’t cut away, but is completed in a single take. Even uncomplicated scenes, as long as the film keeps rolling, can elicit feelings of awe and admiration. And then there are, of course, entire films that are shot this way. Though incredibly rare, you may recall titles like Russian Ark that dazzled cinema-goers with... Read More

Ex Machina and Artificial Intelligence

by Maria Ramos For decades, fiction writers and film directors have been fascinated with the growth and development of our robotic counterparts with movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner standing as longtime cult favorites. The increase in technology has only brought the idea of AI more to the forefront of our minds. Because of this, British sci-fi film Ex Machina... Read More

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour’s eccentric and minimalist vampire thriller A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night has many of the textbook appeals that demand sophisticated and sometimes pretentious audiences. In much of the film, its demand to be taken seriously is warranted as A Girl delivers many fine moments of dialogue, storytelling, and immensely beautiful photography. The film’s... Read More

Only God Forgives

In 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive was released in theaters nearby and hit me like the ton-of-bricks, tour-de-force like it was. It’s rare that I ever attend more than one screening of a film but I made an effort to see Drive three times while I had the chance. It’s been two years now, but reading what I wrote after my second viewing reminded me of the... Read More

Robot & Frank

Is it impossible not to be charmed by a film about a retired cat burglar who becomes friends with his robot care taker, who then become burgling together? Almost. Especially in the capable hands of a man as talented as Frank Langella. It is he who plays the titular Frank. Robot is voiced by a HAL9000-sounding Peter Sarsgaard.  Frank’s children are played by Liv Tyler and... Read More

Compliance

As infuriating as Craig Zobel’s Compliance is, any righteous indignation will likely be potentiated when considering the fact this story is true, based on true events. What’s worse, and perhaps the most intriguing, is there may be something inside you that says you may just have acted the same way if you were in the same circumstances that Zobel’s characters found... Read More

Lawless

by Adam Young  Sitting down in the theatre to watch lawless with my wife and friends, I had mixed emotions and no serious expectations outside of the fact that I knew there would be violence and some very slick hair cuts. What I left the theatre with was much, much more than I expected. Lawless follows the bootlegging careers of the three Bondurant brothers Jack (Shia LaBeouf),... Read More

Cosmopolis

There were those that worried David Cronenberg’s last film, A Dangerous Method, was if anything, not dangerous at all. The director, with his infamous reputation as the king of horror and the macabre, came out a four-year hiatus not with a bang, but more with a whimper. This move was particularly disappointing considering his strong displays the few previous years which included... Read More

The Awakening

We’ve seen everything in The Awakening before. In movies like The Others, or more recently even, The Woman in Black. This means that, at times, The Awakening is a bit boring, and sometimes even tedious. But that’s not to say it’s not without its charms. Although Awakening is a ghost story, it is also a detective story.  Sherlock Holmes investigates the supernatural... Read More

BBC’s Life on Blu-ray

Life is a sprawling, ten episode nature documentary, first aired on on BBC One and BBC HD in late 2009. Commissioned by Peter Fincham just weeks after he became the Network Controller of BBC One, it was a bold move for someone who just became the boss. The series was shot entirely in high-definition. It took three years of filming, on seven continents. Seventy camera crews... Read More