September 28, 2010

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

Wong Kar-Wai is considered influential. In the Mood for Love (2000) was a big commercial success for him. How does it compare to Wong Kar-Wai’s other work?
March 26, 2010

Dan in Real Life (Peter Hedges, 2007)

Dan in Real Life is predictable, and its characters rarely venture into unknown territory. It makes for a passable rental, but not much else.
September 28, 2010

Coming Home: Melodrama and social change

David Ehrenstein condemns melodramas like Coming Home for perpetuating the illusion that they can affect social change instead of creating real change.
May 25, 2011

Edge Of Darkness (Martin Campbell, 2010)

In Edge of Darkness, a veteran police detective uses his experience and skills to unearth the massive conspiracy and corruption that led to her death.
September 28, 2010

Flowers of Shanghaï (Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 1998)

Hou Hsiao Hsien’s depiction of life in Flowers of ShanghaÏ explores the inherent contradictions in the era’s Chinese society.
April 19, 2010

Mystic River (Clint Eastwood, 2003)

Mystic River works because it’s never bogged down by any flashy camera movement. light theatrics or editing experimentation.