Review: Body and Soul (1947)

A seemingly tormented man wakes up from a nightmare. His face is injured, adorned by old and new scars. Keeping up with the tradition of noir films, that’s enough for the viewer to wonder what elements and decisions of his past are coming back to haunt him. His relationship with his mother and former lover are strained. Who is this man? How has he hurt … Continue reading Review: Body and Soul (1947)

Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

How do you create hope in a land of hopelessness? Don’t let the dazzling backdrop of the Missouri nature fool you: when it comes to cinema, it is usually the smaller towns that have the most curious and yet devastating stories to tell. In director Martin McDonagh’s new film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the always precise Frances McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a divorced mother … Continue reading Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Review: Ninotchka (1939)

A recent study performed by a Washington, D.C. based foundation concluded that the millennial¬†generation finds the idea of living in a socialist State – but also on a communist one – increasingly more attractive. While the study pointed out people oftentimes confuse the concepts of socialism and communism, this may also signal a growing dissatisfaction with the many inequalities derived from today’s capitalist system and … Continue reading Review: Ninotchka (1939)

Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Many are the films that deal with the dangers of repression. From less subtle ones like Powell and Pressburger’s “Black Narcissus”, to Polanski’s masterpiece “Repulsion”, these stories examine the explosive ways repressed sexuality can finally come to the surface. At times, however, the consequences of such denial is less incendiary and more rooted in mystery and the seemingly unexplainable, as is the case in Peter … Continue reading Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Review: Stars in My Crown (1950)

At a first glance, this may not seem your obvious Jacques Tourneur film. After all, it is far from his classic noir stories or low budget horror films. But Tourneur was also a very prolific director – with over fifty credits to his name – and sooner rather than later, themes and elements that are so essential to his most recognizable works will also be … Continue reading Review: Stars in My Crown (1950)

Review: Copie Conforme {Certified Copy} (2010)

What is originality? Although many can agree on a concept, who can truly claim to be a novel, unusual and independent being almost untouched by what others have created and presented before? How to certify the authenticity of something, be it a work of art, a manuscript or a novel model – what came first, where and when? What about ourselves, human beings? If our … Continue reading Review: Copie Conforme {Certified Copy} (2010)

Review: Viaggio in Italia {Journey to Italy} (1954)

The changing nature of the life still seems to come as a surprise to many people. And yet, what is life but a series of both natural and man-made changes? Resisting them often creates tension, sorrow, conflict. In that sense, it is only fitting that relationships also experience a constant – and unstoppable – change. They mature, wear out, transform themselves, grow into something else. … Continue reading Review: Viaggio in Italia {Journey to Italy} (1954)