Honour (Khan, 2014)

The United Nations estimated in 2000 that there are approximately 5,000 honor killings each year. Can a movie adequately address the horror of knowing your family wants you dead? [Read more…]

In America (Sheridan, 2003) — 10 Years Later

Between 1989 and 2003, Jim Sheridan was nominated for six Academy Awards. Three were for writing, two for directing. The last last was as the producer for a best picture nominee (In The Name of the Father). [Read more…]

2011 Top 10

At various points in the year, I considered five different films for the top slot. Normally that might mean that there was no runaway film that I really fell in love with, but the opposite was true. The difficulty in picking just one was reflective of the different ways in which I adored each of these films. [Read more…]

Tyrannosaur (Considine, 2011)

Hannah is in an abusive relationship (and that’s the understatement of the year), and the way Considine lets this play out without Hannah verbalizing the way her relationship with God affects and is affected by her attempts to negotiate her husband’s treatment of her allows the film to be achingly real without ever preaching. [Read more…]