When Marnie Was There (2014)

A portrait of a moody, self-loathing, socially self-destructive young introvert who forms a bond with the titular figure, a girl who the film teases out as being either real, spectral, or imaginary for most of the runtime. Intentionally or not, that bond really comes across as pivotal to the protagonist’s awakening sexuality. I was fascinated…

Bad Words (2013)

Jason Bateman embraces the inherent callousness of his performance here in his directorial debut, putting what’s usually relegated to a sidenote of line delivery in his usual performances front and centre here as he plays a caustic, petty man taking delight in upstaging and insulting children. Perhaps it’s no surprise that as a director he…