Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (dir. James Keach, 2014)

Glen Campbell on stage, in "Glen Campbell:  I'll Be Me"

James Keach’s “fly on the wall” documentary covering Glen Campbell’s farewell tour succeeds as a family portrait centered upon a man in decline due to Alzheimer’s, even if it overreaches slightly as a public service announcement. [Read more...]

Ask Me Anything (Burnett, 2014)


Katie may be promiscuous, but it’s unclear whether Burnett is condemning or endorsing modern, female sexuality. [Read more...]

If You Don’t, I Will (Fillieres, 2014)

Mathieu Amalric (Pierre) and Emmanuelle Devos (Pomme), in "If You Don't, I Will"

Though it takes a while to gain momentum, Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric once again excel together in this tragicomic battle of the sexes. [Read more...]

“What Do I Pay Attention to in My Life?”–Blake Robbins talks about The Sublime and Beautiful


Robbins says he wanted the film to cause people to ask, “What do I pay attention to in my life?” Western, middle-aged men often become “comfortably numb” and David is no exception. “He’s starting to wonder if he’s in decline [...], and he’s starting to wonder if this is all there is.” [Read more...]

Free the Nipple (Esco, 2014)


The film almost convinced me, but then it started. [Read more...]

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Sunada, 2013)

Hayao Miyazaki working on THE WIND RISES (© 2013 dwango)

An animator and director (Miyazaki), a second director (Isao Takahata), and a producer (Toshio Suzuki) met over thirty-five years ago and after a few collaborations which reached their apex in 1984 with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, they formed Studio Ghibli in 1985. [Read more...]