Sex in the ‘Sin City’

Sex in the ‘Sin City’


Eva Green’s role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For doesn’t require her to wear much clothing, and for some that ends up acting like a punch line, or at least a point of critique, for the entire film. But maybe there’s more purpose to her naked frolicking. Maybe there’s actually a reason that she … Continue reading

Choice & Drama In ‘Obvious Child’

Choice & Drama In ‘Obvious Child’


Obvious Child is agenda-driven filmmaking, a movie with a blatant and unapologetic political (and social) perspective that shapes its narrative. Like Juno, or Knocked Up, it’s about the complicated matter of abortion, and choice, and what people (in this case, a single woman) do when they’re faced with the problematic realities of unwanted pregnancy. Unlike … Continue reading

Review: Cesar Chavez, 2014, dir. Diego Luna

Review: Cesar Chavez, 2014, dir. Diego Luna


Too many contemporary biopics consciously and repeatedly make the same mistake: they struggle in vain to dilute the whole of their subjects’ lives into two hour chunks of running time, and they often end up scattered, non-cohesive, and aimless as a result. It’s a dual-pronged problem of too much content being stuffed into too narrow … Continue reading

Review: Drinking Buddies, 2013, dir. Joe Swanberg

Review: Drinking Buddies, 2013, dir. Joe Swanberg


With fifteen directing credits under his belt since 2005, and almost twice that number of acting gigs, Joe Swanberg is nothing if not prolific. He’s also intensely divisive, having long ago earned the dubious honor of serving as a lightning rod for the critical community; as one of the mumblecore film movement’s most prominent non-Duplass … Continue reading

Review: The World’s End, 2013, dir. Edgar Wright

Review: The World’s End, 2013, dir. Edgar Wright


Picture The World’s End as a bittersweet layer cake, a film about the double-edged sword of growing up that also serves as the capstone offering in Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Have nine years really passed since Wright, along with his go-to leading men, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, vaulted into national prominence with … Continue reading