Solomon Kane

Just as Black Hole or the original Battlestar Galactica series saw the light of day after the success of Star Wars, this clearly derivative, post-Lord of the Rings meets Pirates of the Caribbean sword flick is told with so much earnestness that it all appears a bit silly. Drawn from the pages of the comic […]

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?

A weird mess of a film, Herzog has taken a procedural crime drama and turned it on its head. Minutes into the film we find out that a murder has occurred. We know who did it, where they are hiding. The rest of the film is spent either in surreal flashback to ancient Greek theatrical […]

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Comprised of talking head interviews, news reports, and (somewhat clumsy) “recreations” of key events (Oooh, photocopying!) the film exposes Ellsberg rise as one of the most famous American whistleblowers of all time. Broadening its scope from simply a biography of Ellsber’s remarkable journey, the central thesis is that it was the release of the Pentagon […]

Life During Wartime

It seems, well, creepy that Todd Solondz has crafted an accessible, almost mainstream film. Sure, the familiar themes of his latest works still abound – paedophilia, and other forms of dysfunctional relationships are once again covered – but this film seems to have a lightness that Happiness and especially Palindromes lacked. This is probably as […]

Youth in Revolt

Michael Cera turns his well developed awkward adolescent character on its head in this wonderful adaptation of the novel by C.D. Payne. Cera plays Nick Twisp, a teen that finds he must create an alter ego to woo a girl he’s fallen for. Given her love of all things Belmondo, Twisp uses Francois to be […]