Review: The Mermaid, 2016, dir. Stephen Chow

Review: The Mermaid, 2016, dir. Stephen Chow


I love Stephen Chow, and have since Shaolin Soccer helped boost his visibility and his reputation on an international scale. (Maybe that’s how you first got to know Chow as a director and as an actor, too, though if you have not already, I strongly suggest going back through his pre-Soccer filmography, as it is loaded … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, June 2016

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, June 2016


You can probably guess, based on the header, that Fantastic Planet is my favorite release from The Criterion Collection’s June slate, but it’s so hard to choose: Everything this month is great, though my compadres at Paste Magazine and I were only able to get through four of them. Just four! That’s a fraction of the slate’s … Continue reading

Interview: Penny Lane, “Nuts!”

Interview: Penny Lane, “Nuts!”


Nuts!, documentary filmmaker Penny Lane’s latest venture, is the kind of movie that needs to be seen to be believed. People say that about a lot of movies, or a lot of television shows, or performances, or whatever, and in most cases they’re just saying it to say it. In the case of Nuts!, it’s 100% … Continue reading

Review: Three, 2016, dir. Johnnie To

Review: Three, 2016, dir. Johnnie To


When you’re a master, you can get away with making “minor” movies because your status turns “minor” movies into “major” movies. Three isn’t the best To we’ve gotten in the last few years – that would be 2013’s stunning Drug War – but it’s still outstanding, an eighty or so minute masterclass in what a seasoned director … Continue reading