Tagged with french films

Review: Lolo, 2016, dir. Julie Delpy

Review: Lolo, 2016, dir. Julie Delpy


You probably have pretty strict expectations laid aside for any romantic comedy you choose to engage with. You probably assume that any film bearing that oft misjudged appellation will be saccharine and utterly fake. You probably also haven’t seen Lolo, mostly because it has only been in theaters for a couple of weeks and will expand … Continue reading

Review: Breathe, 2015, dir. Mélanie Laurent

Review: Breathe, 2015, dir. Mélanie Laurent


“Nothing’s more effective at shaking a teen out of their monotonous high school routine than the arrival of a new student. That’s the stuff actress/director Mélanie Laurent’s sophomore film, Breathe, is made of: mystery and allure, with generous dollops of adolescent rivalry, sexual awakening and verbal abuse spooned on top. Think of Breatheas a distant … Continue reading

Review: Reality, 2015, dir. Quentin Dupieux

Review: Reality, 2015, dir. Quentin Dupieux


“If a viewer can expect anything from a Quentin Dupieux film titled Reality, it’s willful surrealism. Reality and reality pass each other like two ships in the night, and one of those ships is an impish gallimaufry stitched together from bits and pieces of Magnolia, Holy Motors,Inception, Hitoshi Matsumoto’s oeuvre, and the vast canon of … Continue reading

Goodbye to Language, 2015, dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Goodbye to Language, 2015, dir. Jean-Luc Godard


“Jean-Luc Godard has made his new film, Goodbye to Language, in much the same spirit as Tarō Gomi’s seminal children’s book Everyone Poops: no matter what differences may set us apart from one another, we’re all united through our undeniable human need to defecate. It’s the greatest of equalizers.” (Via Paste Magazine.)

Review: The Artist, 2011, dir. Michel Hazanavicius

Review: The Artist, 2011, dir. Michel Hazanavicius


Observing a highly-lauded film often proves to be a challenging experience. Most film writers are well aware of the weight of expectations when it comes to honestly confronting their feelings on a movie that’s been fed to them through the Internet hype-machine and reassembled as something perhaps greater than it is in actuality. There are, … Continue reading

Review: Point Blank, 2011, dir. Fred Cavayé

Review: Point Blank, 2011, dir. Fred Cavayé


Like it’s lead, Point Blank has no time to waste. With a mere eighty four minute running time, it’s not hard to understand why. With time being such a precious commodity, hapless everyman Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) hurries at every turn, and Fred Cavayé’s film follows suit. Point Blank distinguishes itself with boundless energy, an economy … Continue reading

Review: The Illusionist, 2010, dir. Sylvain Chomet

Review: The Illusionist, 2010, dir. Sylvain Chomet


For all of its moving excellence, The Illusionist may be almost as enrapturing for the turmoil surrounding its creation as it is for its artistry. Two arguments, one originating from writer Jacques Tatischeff (from here on out referred to affectionately as “Tati”) family and the other from director Sylvain Chomest (of 2003’s The Triplets of … Continue reading