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Interview: Ana Lily Amirpour, “The Bad Batch”

Interview: Ana Lily Amirpour, “The Bad Batch”


First: I got to interview Ana Lily Amirpour, director of 2014’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and last Friday’s The Bad Batch, and if I had to describe the experience in a word, that word would be “awesome.” If I had to describe it in more words than that, I’d peg it as one of … Continue reading

Review: Fant4stic, 2015, dir. Josh Trank

Review: Fant4stic, 2015, dir. Josh Trank


“If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” When W.E. Hickson popularized this crusty old Thomas Palmer aphorism back in the 1800’s, he couldn’t have known that one day, one of America’s most high profile movie studios would take the phrase to heart with not one, not two, but three attempts at building a franchise … Continue reading

Review: Iron Man 3, 2013, dir. Shane Black

Review: Iron Man 3, 2013, dir. Shane Black


Looking backward, there are more reasons than not to expect disappointment from Iron Man 3. For one, history shows that the third entry tends to be the worst in many franchises, a la  Return of the Jedi, The Godfather III, Infernal Affairs III, The Dark Knight Rises; for another, Shane Black’s contribution to the story of … Continue reading

15 Films ACVF Is Excited About In 2012

15 Films ACVF Is Excited About In 2012


In my book, 2011 has been a great year for movies. Good stuff has abounded throughout this particular revolution of the planet, both on the side of light lifting– Limitless, Paul, Cedar Rapids, Captain America— and in the realms of more substantial material, such as Drive, Weekend, The Tree of Life, and Win Win. Even … Continue reading

Review: Win Win, 2011, dir. Thomas McCarthy

Review: Win Win, 2011, dir. Thomas McCarthy


The career of one Thomas McCarthy so far has been marked by an interest in the stories of outsiders, people removed from the societal norm either of their own volition or out of necessity. So his latest picture, Win Win, marks something of a departure from 2003’s The Station Agent and 2008’s The Visitor; rather … Continue reading

Review: Greenberg, 2010, dir. Noah Baumbach


Director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Margot At the Wedding) is no stranger to awkward family dynamics; for him, it’s well-tread territory that he’s obviously and contradictorily comfortable exploring in his cinema. Which, for some, might make his latest effort, Greenberg, feel somewhat effortless and even slight considering the source. After all, he’s done it … Continue reading

Review: Ip Man, 2008, dir. Wilson Yip


Suggested alternate title: Donnie Yen’s Wide, Wide World of Butt-Kicking. Donnie Yen is the kind of real-deal martial arts maestro who, by an unjust stroke of fate, never caught on as a mainstream kung-fu cinema hero for American audiences in the way that performers like Jet Li and Jackie Chan have. Arguably, Yen has no … Continue reading

Review: The Wrestler, 2008, dir. Darren Aronofsky


Forget, if you will, the Jesus metaphor brought to bear in so many discussions of The Wrestler that you’ve undoubtedly engaged in or observed across the web and in personal discussions of the picture’s finer merits (which are many). Yes, there’s some weight to the idea that Mickey Rourke’s over-the-hill wrestling champion of old, Randy … Continue reading

Review: Get Low, 2010, dir. Aaron Schneider


There’s a moment early on in Aaron Schneider’s Get Low in which our hero, Felix Bush (Robert Duvall), promotes his living funeral through live radio broadcast to local townsfolk and all those residing in the adjoining counties. Asked by the operator how he’s doing, Bush responds in his uniquely short and gruff manner, “I am”; … Continue reading

Review: Surrogates, 2009, dir. Jonathan Mostow


We live in an age where communication comes as easily through a computer as through personal and real human interaction. This is a time when friends are made through online gaming, couples are born from Internet dating services, and everybody– quite literally everybody, from high profile celebrities to your boring neighbors– has a Twitter account … Continue reading

Review: MacGruber, 2010, dir. Jorma Taccone


After more than thirty years of making us laugh (admittedly, some years have been better than others), Saturday Night Live can’t just be considered a TV show. For late night comedy– hell, for all comedy– SNL represents the foundation for the careers of innumerable funny men and women from Steve Martin to Tina Fey. It’s … Continue reading