A doctor has a conversation with a mentally challenged man. Slamming the door open, a second man, agitated, walk in and pulls his brother out of the doctor’s office and reassures him that he doesn’t need any doctors. The two are then seen donning disguises and robbing a bank in quick sequences that are gripping… Read More ‘Good Time’: the Safdie Brothers direct one of the best action films in years
2018 was a big year for Armie Hammer, whose starring role in the Oscar-winning, queer, coming-of-age film Call Me By Your Name garnered him widespread acclaim and accolades across various awards circuits. Despite being around for a minute, the actor had yet to be cast in a role that would afford him the range he… Read More ‘Final Portrait’: an all-too-brief glimpse into Alberto Giacometti’s life
This review of Phantom Thread was co-written with Maria Hafez. Hafez is a senior in English Literature at the American University of Beirut. She dabbles in European cinema and has attended a summer course on Italian cinema in Milan. She hopes to pursue a career in film. Her favorite directors include Wes Anderson, Xavier Dolan, Federico Fellini,… Read More ‘Phantom Thread’: on the trials of loving an artist
A mark of a truly great filmmaker is her ability to challenge both herself and the climate of work around her, to continuously explore new things and to incorporate them into her craft to yield a better result (or even a bad one). And while many filmmakers did that successfully this year — think Jordan… Read More ‘The Post’: is Steven Spielberg playing it safe?
Set amid rising tensions with the Russians in the 1960s, Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water follows a relationship that buds between Elisa Esposito, a mute janitor at an American Research facility, and an amphibious creature held in captivity by the facility’s head, Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). Risking their lives, Elisa and her friends… Read More ‘The Shape of Water’: on love that roars in silence