SUMMERING artfully combines the mundane with magical realism as four 11-year-old girls face summer’s end and the daunting prospect of middle school.
There is no phase of a parent-child relationship more fraught with peril, and for which either party is less prepared, than when the latter learns that the former is not infallible. LITTLE MEN portrays that milestone with intelligence and sensitivity for all concerned as two 13-year-olds become fast friends only to have their relationship threatened… Read More »
Michel Gondry is a man unafraid to let flights of fancy inform, and sometimes drive, his whimsically serious films, which include MOOD INDIGO and THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP. Yet in MICROBE AND GASOLINE, his semi-autobiographical film, he has kept his gift for magical realism in check, focusing instead on the magic of friendship at a… Read More »
When we first see Catherine (Elizabeth Moss), she appears to be melting. Mascara and eyeliner running down her face. Her hair dripping. She is reacting to a breakup. Badly. The camera clings to her distorted face as she reels from the news apparently just delivered by her boyfriend, James (Kentucker Audley) and is by turns… Read More »
Full of emotion, but never cheap sentimentality, there is a refreshing honesty in the way MISS YOU ALREADY depicts Milly’s battle with cancer, including being called out by being called a cancer bully by Jess. It’s one of the things we talked about on October 9th, 2015, as well as shopping with Jacqueline Bissett, shaving… Read More »
THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE is a first-rate existential horror film, as well as a psychological thriller. I got the same vibe watching it that I had gotten watching PI and BRICK, the maiden efforts of Darren Aronofsky and Rian Johnson respectively. Writer/director Perry Blackshear understands more than just how to create evocative, even sumptuous, visuals, he knows… Read More »