Film Review: Complete Unknown

Living in a world such as today’s, its no wonder how some people might want to just decide to up and leave their lives; their loved ones and the world’s that they know all so well. With the expansion of social media, the rapid decline of privacy and our world’s natural ability to connect people almost effortlessly, picking up and taking off may seem like a suitable alternative. Yet, the newest film from Maria Full of Grace director Joshua Marston offers many promises about the idea of false identities, femme fatales and of course, the illusion and perception of strangers. Complete Unknown is a very dry, empty and almost didactic film about the essence of strangers, friends, family and oneself and the true meaning of self and the people we think we know and surround ourselves with everyday.  Continue reading

Film Review: The Night Before

(In carolling tone) Twas the night before Christmas and all was in order, then three childhood friends, with some drugs and some booze, brought much disorder.    Continue reading

TIFF 2014: 99 Homes

“America doesn’t bail out losers. America bails out winners.” How is that for an American dream motto? This axiom, among many others presented in the film, is the foundation as the blood-splattered frames of Ramin Bahrani’s latest offering begin to roll. Continue reading

The 14 Best Films of 2014

In the past 25 years I have probably seen 10,000 movies and reviewed 6,000 of them. I have forgotten most of them, I hope, but I remember those worth remembering, and they are all on the same shelf in my mind”. –Roger Ebert.  Continue reading