Girlfriend’s Day (Review)

I made sure to pay attention to the credits this time. I wanted to see who’s behind this elaborate send up of the mystery-thriller genre, ingeniously infusing melodrama and murder into the world of holiday romance cards. The person’s name is Michael Stephenson. He wrote the film with Eric Hoffman (With Bob and David) and […]

Meek’s Cutoff (Review)

After seeing Certain Women, I sought out more of writer-director Kelly Reichardt’s films. One was and is available on Canadian Netflix: Meek’s Cutoff, a plodding depiction of life on the American frontier; no one can be trusted yet people band together when faced with deserts so flat and expansive they meet the horizon. At this […]

Never Happened (Review)

Canadian director Mark Slutsky makes a lot happen in his eight minute short Never Happened. A man and his pregnant wife say goodbye for the weekend as he’s off on a business trip with a (female) colleague. The short shifts back and forth between the events of the weekend and the man’s retelling of the […]

20th Century Women (Review)

Writer-director Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women is about a single mother and her rapidly growing son who live in a time when America’s growth felt physical, like you could touch it. In 1979, in California, the death of a decade and the birth of another converged to form a watershed moment in American culture. This […]

Hacksaw Ridge (Review)

Hacksaw Ridge boasts great acting from its lead, smart, tense battle staging, and better than average (for its genre) cinematography — all of which it nearly squanders thanks to its glamorization of war. There are little to no paragraph breaks, because this is a rant as much as it is a review. The first half […]

Cutaway (Review)

I’ll be honest, as soon as I understood how this film was going to work I felt like backing out of watching it. Cutaway, a Canadian film by Kazik Radwanski, depicts only the hands of a construction worker. It’s only seven minutes in length, six if you count the credits, and yet I still considered […]