Predestination is a slick, hermetically-sealed sci-fi treat

3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

Is there any genre with more potential for ideas than sci-fi?

Not restricted to the realms of the realistic or the possible, yet generally ruled by the same forces that make our world tick, science fiction is a way of deconstructing the human experience, of really getting to the heart of our identity, who we are, where we’re going. …

Boyhood is a perfect encapsulation of what it means to be a kid

5 Stars (5 / 5)

 

You hear a lot of talk about ambition in film: ambitious scale, ambitious complexity, ambitious effects.

It’s rare though that a story is ambitious simply in its conception, in its commitment to telling a story. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is such a film, a film that could be said to define his whole body of work.…

Before Midnight is a flawless deliberation on what happens when romantic love becomes real work

5 Stars (5 / 5)

 

As I commented in my recent review of Stuck In Love, I’m not what you would call a fan of romantic movies.

Regardless of the suffix (romcom, romdram, rom sci-fi), the tropes of filmic love – eyes meeting across a crowded room, the initial dislike, the banter, repartee, the eventual kiss – do nothing for me.…