Archive for the 'Film Sweat' Category

Film Sweat: Elementary!

Friday, July 17th, 2015

RECOMMENDED: Sir Ian McKellen IS… OLD! ASS! SHERLOCK! HOLMES! I’m sold. ALSO NEW IN THEATERS THIS WEEK: Jimmy’s Hall, the Ken Loach-directed drama about a group of Irish free-thinkers; Lila & Eve, starring Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis as support-group buddies gone vigilante; Reality, an intercontinental mindfuck that looks like 50 pounds of Tim & […]

Film Sweat: Fool Takes His Time

Friday, June 19th, 2015

RECOMMENDED: For a certain kind of young person in the 1990s — the same kind who’d have no problem whatsoever spending a whole Saturday in a small, darkened cinema — Hal Hartley‘s films offered a melange of sworn loves: snappy but strange dialogue for the lover of Pinter or Beckett, a stylish, grunge-era update on […]

Film Sweat: En Fran├žais!

Friday, June 5th, 2015

RECOMMENDED: Awww yeah: Finally, the French get to make their own French Connection. The Connection tells the same story of the the 1970s international crime intrigue, but from the other side of the pond. Jean Dujardin stars in what looks like the best popcorn crime movie of the summer. ALSO NEW IN THEATERS THIS WEEK: […]

Film Sweat: Gimme That Old Time Feminism

Friday, March 6th, 2015

RECOMMENDED: A movie like She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry shouldn’t feel so, so, so relevant in 2015, but as the opening frames of the trailer above show, the struggle for equal rights for women is in play today as much as it was in the 1960s and 1970s. Directed by Mary Dore, this documentary takes […]

Film Sweat: Iran, So Far Away

Friday, February 27th, 2015

RECOMMENDED: The first thing you notice in A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, “the first Iranian Vampire Western ever made,” is how much Iran looks likes Texas. The second thing you notice is how much A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night looks like a whole host of black and white classics of art […]

Film Sweat: Vampire Weekend

Friday, February 20th, 2015

RECOMMENDED: You enjoyed Only Lovers Left Alive, but you were also like, “WHY SO SERIOUS?” You couldn’t get into Twilight because you have genitals. You gave up on True Blood because no joke should go on that long. Maybe what you vampire-wanted this whole vampire-time was What We Do In The Shadows, which is basically […]

Film Sweat: Started Out On Burgundy But Soon Hit The Harder Stuff

Friday, February 13th, 2015

RECOMMENDED: It can only be kismet that Peter Strickland‘s The Duke Of Burgundy is appearing on American screens at the very same moment as 50 Shades Of Grey. Though the former cannot possibly have been intended as the antidote to the latter, even so, there it is. The 50 Shades phenomenon feels so corny or […]

Film Sweat: Ocean Rain

Friday, February 6th, 2015

RECOMMENDED: Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, Song Of The Sea is old-school to its bones. This hand-animated tale updates a fairly ancient Celtic legend — that of the Selkie, a sort of pre-mermaid thing — and features lots of appropriately Celtic tunes. Directed by Ireland’s Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) and […]

Film Sweat: The Vicedude Cometh, Abides

Friday, January 9th, 2015

RECOMMENDED: I just heard this lady on NPR talking about Inherent Vice and how she “didn’t get it” in terms that were so quaint and self-effacing that you might forget that this is just the softer iteration of The Struggle that goes on between the straight world and the rest of us every day. She […]

Film Sweat: Amour!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: This year marks the centennial of Marguerite Duras, who earned an Oscar nomination her first time out for this, Alain Resnais‘ 1959 groundbreaking meditation on love in the atomic age. But it’s hard to contain Hiroshima Mon Amour in any synopsis, because wow, is there a lot to pack in here. A worldwide sensation […]

Film Sweat: There’s Too Much Love

Friday, November 7th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: We have a feeling that Brasilian director Daniel Ribeiro‘s widely acclaimed The Way He Looks, a love story about a blind teen, is going to make us cry, but we’ll go anyway because some of the music is by Belle & Sebastian and we are getting a really nice vibe here. It’s that kind […]

Film Sweat: Listen To What The (Hilariously Self-Obsessed) Man Says

Friday, October 31st, 2014

RECOMMENDED: As you anxiously await the Bored To Death movie, Jason Schwartzman fans, do spend time with Listen Up Philip. Directed by Bryn Mawr’s own Alex Ross Perry, the film trades heavily on Schwartzman’s Bored To Death character — he’s a writer in this one, too, only more self-obsessed to the point of malignancy. His […]

Film Sweat: Not Your Cousin Vinny

Friday, October 17th, 2014

NOTE: The 2014 Philadelphia Film Festival is currently underway; we’ll have picks for that in a separate post. RECOMMENDED: Bill Murray is an inspiration to some and an annoyance to others [Ed. — Who? Who are they? What are their names?], but no matter how you feel about him, there is no denying that he […]

Film Sweat: A Pride Of Nighys, Please!

Friday, October 10th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Pride, because any movie with Bill Nighy in it has something over all the rest of the movies that have no Bill Nighy in them, and because 1980s Britain — especially where gay rights collide with socialist worker movements and ESPECIALLY pompadours — continue to fascinate us. Also, just saying, there had better be […]

Film Sweat: Gone Daddy Gone

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Not gonna lie: Gone Girl is completely captivating in a film-as-great-uniter way, even for those who are, as this writer is, fairly Ben Affleck-averse. In the hands of director David Fincher, Gillian Flynn‘s massively popular novel easily passes into the great new 21st Century genre of Films About How The Suburbs Are The Scariest […]

Film Sweat: Bertolucci At The Bourse

Friday, September 19th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 masterpiece The Conformist is back in theaters, in Philadelphia at The Ritz At the Bourse, for a limited time, and we have no choice but to pick it because to pit it against the other movies out this weekend (with the notable exceptions of the documentaries) is a pretty classic gun-to-knife-fight […]

Film Sweat: We Are All God’s Children

Friday, September 12th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: We’ll admit it: A few years back, when Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian announced what turned out to be a years-long quest to get a movie musical called God Help The Girl made, we were skeptical. Yes, even us, the people who throw the Belle & Sebastian Dance Party. Even more so when, […]

Film Sweat: You Must Be Trippin’

Friday, August 29th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: The Trip to Italy is the reunion of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, whose 2010 film, The Trip, took an English-style take on a comedic improv style already familiar to fans of Larry David here in the States. But in the duo’s hands — aided by the very able director Michael Winterbottom — The […]

Film Sweat: How Does It Fela?

Friday, August 15th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: If Fela Kuti did not exist, it is but a paltry hope that someone somewhere would have invented him. The legendary Afrobeat pioneer/political activist/formidable rake was put onto a new generation and a wider audience in general thanks to the popular musical bearing his name a few years back, but Finding Fela aims to […]

Film Sweat: Zoot Alors!

Friday, August 8th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: It’s been a long time since there’s been a movie like Michel Gondry‘s Mood Indigo in theaters, and trust us when we say that a theater is the place to see it. It is a spectacle so singular — you might even call it trippy in an utterly non-malevolent, almost childlike way — that […]