Tagged with drama films

Review: Cold War, 2018, dir. Pawel Pawlikowski

Review: Cold War, 2018, dir. Pawel Pawlikowski


I did, four years ago, write a review of Pawel Pawlikowski’s post-war masterpiece Ida, but I’m not certain it’s still online or if I ever even shared it on this website; that’s too bad, because it’d be nice to revisit my words for context for Cold War, Pawlikowski’s new film, which I imagine years from now I’ll also … Continue reading

Review: Shoplifters, 2018, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda

Review: Shoplifters, 2018, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda


Two Hirokazu Kore-eda movies! In one year! What a gift to all of humanity, Shoplifters in particular, this humane but knotty and deeply complicated movie; good though The Third Murder may be, it simply isn’t Shoplifters, the best “family is what you make it” movie of 2018 (and “family is what you make it” is indeed a surprising sub-theme … Continue reading

Review: Summer 1993, 2018, dir. Carla Simón

Review: Summer 1993, 2018, dir. Carla Simón


I remember dealing with a lot of bullshit and nonsense growing up as a child, from emotional growing pains to literal growing pains, but at least I didn’t have to live with the specter of AIDS hanging over me, which the protagonist of Carla Simón’s superb feature debut, Summer 1993, does. The film is startlingly lovely considering … Continue reading

Review: Kings, 2018, dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Review: Kings, 2018, dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven


I don’t know of a more elegant way to say this, guys: Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s new movie suuuuuuuuuucks. It gives me literally zero pleasure to call Kings, her interpretation of the events leading into and surrounding the 1992 L.A. riots that erupted after the acquittal of the officers guilty of beating Rodney King, one of the worst … Continue reading