King of Jazz

★★★☆☆ Costing a pricey-for-the-time $2 million, John Murray Anderson’s 1930 film was a Technicolor extravaganza but an almighty flop on release. Like a live-action, jazz precursor to Disney’s Fantasia, King of Jazz forgoes narrative in favour of big-screen spectacle and musical numbers. Setting... Continue Reading →


F for Fake

★★★★★ Ostensibly a documentary about art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally slippery biographer, Clifford Irving, Orson Welles’ last completed film is more an elusive meditation on the nature of artifice, forgery and reality. F for Fake is a sometimes maddening,... Continue Reading →


★★★☆☆ Inspired by the famous frozen Ötzal mummy discovered in 1991, Felix Randau’s third feature tells the story of the eponymous Iceman’s final days. Living in a small settlement among the Neolithic Ötzal Alps, tribal leader Kelab (Jürgen Vogel) returns... Continue Reading →

King of Hearts

★★★★☆ In 1918, a German regiment occupies a small French town, to which they hope to lure the advancing British army before blowing the place up with hidden explosives. Getting wind of the plan, Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook (Adolfo Celi) sends... Continue Reading →

Berlin Alexanderplatz

★★★★★ In 1928 Berlin, Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) is released from prison after serving four years for the manslaughter of his girlfriend, Ida (Barbara Valentin). Based on Alfred Döblin’s celebrated 1929 novel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Weimar-set odyssey is some 15... Continue Reading →


★★☆☆☆ Laura (Evan Rachel Wood) is working for her father’s cleaning company when she meets 16-year-old Eva (Julie Sarah Stone) at one of her jobs. Eva is frustrated with her controlling mother, and so spotting a vulnerability, Laura begins grooming... Continue Reading →

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

★★★★★ IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and long-time associates Luther (Ving Rhames) and Benji (Simon Pegg) are on the trail of the Syndicate, a rogue anarchist network of former spies. When their op goes awry, Ethan and his team... Continue Reading →

Mary Shelley

★★☆☆☆ Mary Shelley was among the most important writers of the Romantic period, a time of intense political and social upheaval. But you wouldn't know it based on this tepid biopic, which reduces the author of one of the most... Continue Reading →

Teleological Cinema: Films as Language in Arrival

Originally published at Thresholds. First published in 1998 in the science fiction anthology series Starlight, Ted Chiang’s ‘Story of Your Life’ tells the story of humanity’s first contact with aliens. After the beings appear in orbit around Earth, world-renowned linguist Dr. Louise Banks... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑