‘A Most Violent Year’ on Amazon Prime

A Most Violent Year should have been an Oscar contender. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”) and set in the crime-ridden culture of early 1980s New York City (which was the most violent year on record in the city’s history), smart, shadowy tribute to the crime dramas of the seventies and early eighties, […]

Antiviral, the debut feature from Brandon Cronenberg, is on Hulu.

‘Antiviral’ – The next generation of Cronenberg horror on VOD

Antiviral (2012), Brandon Cronenberg’s debut feature, brings inevitable comparisons to his father. Set in the near future, it’s a story of “biological communion” with cultural superstars via celebrity viruses, black market viral thieves (who use their own bodies to smuggle the cultures), and genetically-modified meat that borders on cannibalism. The rigorously austere, antiseptic look recalls David […]

The five-part BBC mini-series Dancing on the Edge, about the fortunes of a black jazz band in 1930s London, is now on Netflix

Jazzy British mini-series ‘Dancing on the Edge’ on Netflix

The name Stephen Poliakoff doesn’t mean much to American TV and movie fans but in Britain he’s an acclaimed playwright and writer / director of original dramas on both the big screen and small screen. The five-part mini-series Dancing on the Edge follows the fortunes of a black jazz band in 1930s London as a […]

Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra

‘Behind the Candelabra’ on Amazon Prime

Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra made its world premiere at Cannes and its American debut on the small screen. A passion project of Soderbergh’s for over a decade, it was finally made for HBO on a limited budget when all the studios passed on the project (“They basically said it was too gay,” explained Soderbergh […]

‘Nightcrawler’ on Netflix

Nightcrawler earned an Oscar nomination for director Dan Gilroy’s screenplay, a wicked satire of the tabloid news television that chases sensationalistic stories for ratings (the cliché “if it bleeds, it leads” is the guiding philosophy). It should also have earned a nomination for Jake Gyllenhaal, whose Louis Bloom is a twisted Horatio Alger with the […]

Shane Carruth and David Sullivan in 'Primer.'

‘Primer’ on Netflix

“I’m starving. I haven’t eaten since later this afternoon.” The most inventive time travel film ever made, Shane Carruth’s almost one man production (he’s director, writer, producer, star, sometime camera operator, and pretty much anything else that needed to be done) is also the most aggressively, tantalizingly obtuse. Aaron (Shane Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) […]