The Lost City of Z (2016)

“The Lost City of Z” follows the life of Percy Fawcett, and his many exploratory journeys to South America which became searches for a supposed lost city in the jungles of Brazil called “Z”. It a stunning, ambitious epic of a film, a story told so strangely, but with such confidence, precision, and scale. For…

Personal Shopper (2016)

An interesting rumination on grief in the guise of a horror film and by ways of examining the role of technology in the modern world (and what that means for modern “ghost stories”). Kristen Stewart maps a journey from a woman cursed to live a half-life, to avoid feeling anything out of (managed, under-the-surface) fear…

The Terminal (2004)

Part inspired-by-a-true-story (of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who really did live for years in an airport), part Spielbergian riff on Tati’s “Playtime”, “The Terminal” is a fun, inoffensive Tom Hanks romp with enough absurdity to let it rise slightly above its generic romantic comedy drama nature. The film is at its best when its prodding the…

Phantom Thread (2017)

An astonishingly well-made, gorgeous, very precisely composed take on power dynamics within relationships. At times period drama, at times a very sly romantic comedy, it’s a fascinatingly original take on the eccentric male genius and his young muse story, never interested in the easy or most satisfying decisions, always probing deeper and slyer. It’s a…

Song to Song (2017)

“Song to Song” in many ways feels like a companion film to “Knight of Cups”. Filmed at the same time, it covers much of the same ground – spiritual malaise, self-destructive ennui, the emptiness at the heart of show business and those inhabiting it, mining Malick’s own life autobiographically, and of course the technical side…

The Death of Stalin (2017)

Armando Iannucci brings his immense talents in comedy and political satire to the Soviet Union in 1953 in “The Death of Stalin”, covering Stalin’s funeral and the jockeying for power amongst the politburo. The tone of the film is an interesting thing, as it veers darker than The Thick of It and if anything plays…

Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (2016)

“Voyage of Time” is in many ways an extension of the breathtaking twenty minute or so sequence from “The Tree of Life” showing the development of the universe and the birth of life on Earth. Where in “The Tree of Life” that sequence played off the themes and characters of that film, the entirety of…