It would be hard to name the most brutal example of naturalism since the style came in about a century ago, and the last place one would have looked for a contender is the Venice Film Festival. Yet the winner of the Golden Lion at last year’s festival is a contender for that distinction. The film is Pietà by the South Korean director Kim Ki-duk, and the opening credits—extraordinarily—tell us that this is his eighteenth work, as if to assure us that this is not a cheap shot by some fly-by-night sensationalist.
The Kings of Summer is a fresh delight, full of amiable, foolish people and the casual persistence of common lives. I can’t say the same for The Iceman.
'The Bling Ring' is her boldest indictment yet of the way we live now
'The Bling Ring' is her boldest indictment yet of the way we live now.
The surprising politics of 'The Purge'
Sure it’s a bloodbath, but the bath is as scathing as acid.
What surveillance footage will never tell us
What surveillance footage will never tell us.
It should come as no surprise that The Internship, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's dude flick about being 40-something summer interns at Google, is a two-hour infomercial for the famously fun-loving company.
This homage to the Franch New Wave makes make Lena Dunham look like Hannah Arendt.
Hannah Arendt exposes the threadbare hero it hallows.
The German director Margarethe von Trotta has had such a long and fascinating career that, if there were justice in these matters—which idea is laughable—she would be treasured by more than who do so now. Beginning in 1975 she has made films that dealt with women, known and unknown, all of which were wonderfully persuasive.
How Richard Linklater's 'Before' trilogy defined my generation
How Richard Linklater's 'Before' trilogy defined my generation.