Tedious and simplistic, it's another road movie about an old man, his son and their journey of self discovery
Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines various ideologies using popular films as texts
The film essay The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, directed by Sophie Fiennes, opens with a scene from the futuristic actioner They Live. Our narrator and pontificator, Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek, declares this 1988 film as "a forgotten masterpiece of Hollywood," and particularly notable for its explicit critique of ideology.
The locally produced, award-winning documentary about one man's transformative experience caring for Indian orphans
Steve Hoover's independently produced Blood Brother is the little documentary that could: Made on donations, it won big at Sundance earlier this year. But it also tells a similar, inspiring story — how one unlikely young man harnessed his own reserves, persevered against tough odds, and transformed his life and the lives of many others.
A downbeat drama of two struggling brothers in a faded mill town
Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace opens by sketching the critical traits of its three main characters: Russell Baze (Christian Bale) works at the steel mill in a fading town; his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) is at the OTB making impulsive bets; and at the drive-in, Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson) savagely beats two people. Duty, carelessness, violence: What each man brings to the table ultimately undoes him.
Can this marriage be saved, asks this rom-com set in Amsterdam
Jeanne Tripplehorn and Liev Schrieber star in this semi-serious rom-com in which an American married couple living in Amsterdam breaks up and then ponders the whys and hows of getting back together. Kees Van Oostrum's film is reminiscent of a European film, in which the action takes place only in a rarefied world of well-dressed, affluent intellectuals who live in simply fabulous spaces.
Loves and lives are scrambled during the Bosnian war in this melodrama
Sergio Castellitto's nonlinear melodrama spans a couple of decades, from the early 1980s to contemporary times. We follow the lives of a loosely connected group, who all meet up amongst artists and intellectuals in Bosnia before the war.
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