Paul Thomas Anderson’s sophomore feature is a surprisingly vibrant, funny, and at times quite warm story of a dysfunctional filmmaking family in the adult film industry of the late 1970s.
Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos describes his English language debut The Lobster (2015) as his film about love (following Dogtooth, his film on life, and Alps, on death). Which is not necessarily to call it a love story. It is, in its own way, but it just as much about the social expectations of love and […]
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) is one of the funniest films that Will Ferrell ever made. Set in the NASCAR culture, Ferrell is a race car driver with two first names who outraces his own intellect in a comedy that features neither a ballad nor a single night spent in Talladega. It […]
I hate to think that When Marnie Was There may be the last film to come out of Japan’s Studio Ghibli, the great animation studio created by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away). Miyazaki didn’t direct Marnie—Studio Ghibli animator-turned director Hiromasa Yonebayashi helms this lovely tale—but the studio’s dedication to the art of hand […]