Russian Film Festival 2012: ‘Short Stories’ review

★★★★☆ Mikhail Segal’s Short Stories (Rasskazy, 2012) is an exhilarating cinematic ride that imbues social commentary with a rich understanding of the need for entertainment. When a young writer’s manuscript is rejected at a stylish publishing house, it somehow finds its way into the hands of various employees, with each Continue Reading

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DVD Review: ‘Death Watch’

★★★★☆ Bertrand Tavernier’s previously overlooked 1980 sci-fi satire Death Watch finally makes it way to DVD and Blu-ray this week following a limited theatrical rerelease earlier in the year. Starring Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel and Harry Dean Stanton, Tavernier’s Scottish-set dystopian parable for the cultural decline of society’s respect for Continue Reading

DVD Review: ‘Killer Joe’

★★★★☆ Hitting roughly the same notes as Andrew Dominik’s recession resonant mobster tale Killing Them Softly (2012), William Friedkin’s Killer Joe (2011) is arguably the more depraved and nihilistic beast, a grease-smeared Texan crime thriller where immorality reigns supreme and beloved family members are expendable commodities. State native Matthew McConaughey Continue Reading