After a night together, two strangers have to decide what it means.
The best film about a relationship between two dudes I’ve seen since Brokeback Mountain, and one of the better films I’ve seen about a relationship between two people, period. Subtle, believable, well-shot and very well-acted. Check it out.
Written & Directed by: Andrew Haigh Starring: Tom Cullen & Chris New
A couple faces the difficult choice between staying in turbulent Iran, or seeking a more promising future for their son elsewhere. As tensions mount, their marriage—and, perhaps things even more crucial—are at stake.
Over the course of millions of years, mysterious black monoliths play a role in shaping human history. A crew of five astronauts, guided by their HAL 9000 computer, take a journey to discover whatever they can about this phenomenon.
A five star movie is there ever was one. Watch it, and wholeheartedly; not while liveblogging, texting, etc. Just, watch it.
Written by: Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke Directed by: Stanley Kubrick Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood & William Sylvester
When a failed filmmaker revisits his alma mater in order to judge the film competition he once won, he’s given the chance to change his past, and ultimately his future.
It’s a silly little self-important movie about self-important movies, that still manages to have no idea whatsoever what makes for good film, all while cardboard characters trip blindly over plot holes and into bed together.
Written & Directed by: J.T. Tepnapa Starring: Charlie David & Richard Harmon
When a new terrorist surfaces in Gotham, Bruce Wayne must again take on the cowl and cape of Batman in order to protect the city that has vilified him, while balancing the ambitions of a jewel thief, the insights of a cop, and the ghosts from his past that bring these disparate forces together in an epic crescendo.
The real-world events that surround Nolan’s Batman trilogy, including the untimely death of Heath Ledger and the unprecedented tragedy of the Aurora Theater shooting, have secured forever its place in our culture’s consciousness. Though no films should have to be viewed under such circumstances, it is perhaps fitting that these are the stories that will be remembered in blood and spark more conversations about violence, power, tragedy and hope than perhaps any others. Nolan’s vision of Batman is uncompromising, and—against every other popular notion of what comic book adaptations should be—never stops taking itself seriously. In doing so, it manages what few other blockbusters can; presenting the viewer with a world as conflicted as our own, as rife with violence and darkness and pain, that even so manages to transcend it all to present a meaningful message of hope. There are plot holes and sloppiness in elements of character and craft, but they seem minuscule when compared with the sheer scope of TDKR and its successes. Nolan has shown us better than anyone else how superheroes can still ask big, important questions; and even dramatically, viscerally, seek to provide some answers. Yes, The Dark Knight Rises is a great film, but its real accomplishment is even rarer than that—it manages to be an important one.
Written by: Jonathon & Christopher Nolan Directed by: Christopher Nolan Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, & Anne Hathaway
Aura is a recent college graduate who returns home to her artist mother and high-achieving sister, only to find herself surrounded by her own personal and professional failings.
This is an incredibly personal project, from a filmmaker with a clear and direct voice. At times Dunham’s commitment to realism can blur the lines between herself and her character—it’s a semi-autobiographical story, and her real-world mother and sister play their fictional counterparts. This, combined with Dunham’s triple auteur duty as writer-director-lead, make the result an almost uniquely individual vision. While this gives the film its clarity, its directness, and its unbridled honesty, it also means that the blame for the film’s weaknesses—it comes off in particular as unpolished and not fully realized, and too often the script seems to skate by on the value of “personal experience” without offering any meaning or insight—rest firmly on her shoulders. (It seems that Dunham’s realized this, too—her current project, HBO’s Girls, recycles a lot of the same themes and concepts and even actors, but transcends most of Tiny Furniture’s flaws, and the result is that much richer)
Written & Directed by: Lena Dunham Starring: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Jemima Kirke, Alex Karpovsky, & Grace Dunham
The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.
A movie that grasps at meaning, fails to find any, and so attempts to use meaninglessness as its thesis. In this too, it fails. The end result is an overwrought, stylish, but ultimately empty exercise in melodrama, populated with paper-thin and wildly unbelievable characters who narrate thoughts that sound like a 14 year old’s Myspace bulletin approximation of “being deep”.
Written by: Roger Avary & Bret Easton Ellis Directed by: Roger Avary Starring: James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, & Ian Somerhalder
When the extracurricular king of Rushmore prep school is put on academic probation, he takes a course of action to prevent his expulsion, and in the process befriends a lonely millionaire. When they both develop an interest in the same 1st grade teacher, their peculiar love triangle produces bizarre, beautiful, and grave consequences.
Written by: Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson Directed by: Wes Anderson Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, & Olivia Williams