Tagged with 2015 Films

Interview: Sean Baker, The Florida Project

Interview: Sean Baker, The Florida Project


Speaking to a filmmaker for the second time about their work is always a strange-ish experience, one that I lived through earlier this year with Trey Edward Shults, but I’m not really going to complain about getting to chat up artists like Shults and Sean Baker twice. You might remember that I talked to Baker back … Continue reading

Review: Mustang, 2015, dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Review: Mustang, 2015, dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven


“Imagine the unimaginable: One moment you’re out enjoying a beautiful, sunny day with your friends and your sisters, and the next, your grandmother is slapping you silly for having inappropriate contact with boys. Everything else snowballs from there: You’re whisked off to the doctor for a virginity test, your personal possessions are shut up in … Continue reading

Review: The Reventant, 2015, dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu

Review: The Reventant, 2015, dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu


“For aficionados of brutal genre films, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant has enough to keep you satisfied. Find scenes of bravura violence photographed by an eminent cinematographer (the great Emmanuel Lubezki). Find the vague impression of deep, abiding meaning. Find bear-mauling, equine disembowelment. Find rape, castration, graphic suffering. Find additional suffering. Find more suffering. And … Continue reading

Review: 45 Years, 2015, dir. Andrew Haigh

Review: 45 Years, 2015, dir. Andrew Haigh


“The word “infidelity” likely conjures very specific images in the minds of most; a young couple entangled in a forbidden tryst, lonesome spouses finding succor in the arms of another person, egotists two-timing their partners in hotels for the sheer thrill of it. But we’re just as capable of emotional betrayals as carnal liaisons, of … Continue reading

Review: Boy and the World, 2015, dir. Alê Abreu

Review: Boy and the World, 2015, dir. Alê Abreu


“Last year, animation distributor GKIDS managed to score two nominations in the AMPAS’ Best Animated Feature Film category: Tom Moore’s Song of the Sea and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya. By contrast, their 2015 slate looks less prestigious, with two mixed bags in Extraordinary Tales andKahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, plus the good but … Continue reading

Review: Broolyn, 2015, dir. John Crowley

Review: Broolyn, 2015, dir. John Crowley


“America is having a renewed—but frankly disappointing—dialogue on the subject of immigration in 2015. Our great country doesn’t exactly have a pristine record when it comes to welcoming émigrés, of course, and so the undercurrent of angry paranoia voiced in that dialogue is neither new, nor especially surprising. It is, however, counterintuitive: The U.S. is … Continue reading

Review: Mediterranea, 2015, dir. Jonas Carpignano

Review: Mediterranea, 2015, dir. Jonas Carpignano


“Occasionally, fate and movie release schedules collude with one another to drop a fresh title on audiences at exactly the right moment. That’s more or less the case with Mediterranea, the feature debut of short filmmaker Jonas Carpignano: Check his picture against the United States’ dialogue on immigration, and you may feel the unnerving sense … Continue reading

Review: Creed, 2015, dir. Ryan Coogler

Review: Creed, 2015, dir. Ryan Coogler


“There’s an alternate timeline in which Creed is a superfluous waste of nostalgia. In that universe, Warner Bros. gave the reins to a filmmaker other than Ryan Coogler, the young Oakland-born director who stunned viewers in 2013 with Fruitvale Station, a bio-drama about the death of Oscar Grant. Maybe Coogler is the last person anyone … Continue reading

Review: The 33, 2015, dir. Patricia Riggen

Review: The 33, 2015, dir. Patricia Riggen


“Patricia Riggen’s The 33 ends appropriately with a seaside reunion between its cast’s real-life counterparts: The cadre of Chilean miners who lived buried beneath a mountain for 69 days in the 2010 Copiapó mining calamity. One by one, Riggen introduces her audience to these men in a beautifully lit scene that pays homage to the … Continue reading

Review: The Hallow, 2015, dir. Corin Hardy

Review: The Hallow, 2015, dir. Corin Hardy


“If you’re the type of person who avoids setting foot in a forest, you’ll probably feel validated byThe Hallow, the debut from Irish filmmaker Corin Hardy. This is a horror film that treats the natural world as a source of mortal danger. Here there be monsters, yet Hardy’s macabre aesthetic lends even an undisturbed bosk … Continue reading

Review: Steve Jobs, 2015, dir. Danny Boyle

Review: Steve Jobs, 2015, dir. Danny Boyle


“And now, for your edutainment: 2015’s second movie about Apple visionary and all-around jerk, Steve Jobs, creatively titled Steve Jobs for sake of ease. The film marks Danny Boyle as the second person in 2015 to attempt at parsing out the many faces of the late Jobs, or maybe the third. Boyle has the director’s … Continue reading

Review: Spotlight, 2015, dir. Tom McCarthy

Review: Spotlight, 2015, dir. Tom McCarthy


“Bostonians tend toward insularity that often comes off like rudeness. In truth, that stereotypical coarseness is a blend of honesty and austerity: They favor candor over sensitivity, and act like total introverts in the interest of honoring their neighbors’ privacy. Tom McCarthy’s latest film,Spotlight, appreciates that social shuttering better, perhaps, than it appreciates its subject … Continue reading

Interview: Emma Donoghue, Room

Interview: Emma Donoghue, Room


“It’s only October and Room, the latest film from Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, is already the subject of much Oscar buzzing and hyping. If the chatter feels premature, it’s only because of the film’s recent win at the Toronto International Film Festival, where TIFF-goers bestowed it with the coveted People’s Choice Award; six out of … Continue reading