Gerard Barrett’s sensitive and subtle drama Glassland takes a haunting look at what happens when a child is forced to parent his parent: the pressures, the shame, the lies, the anger, and the constant stress of being responsible for someone for whom you shouldn’t be responsible. Although it’s a strong study of the effects on its characters — Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Toni Collette (About a Boy) give terrific performances — the plot is otherwise thin, the psychological insights somewhat lacking.
The Sundance Film Festival’s Spotlight section is a curated set of mostly foreign films that have already made the rounds at other major festivals, where they’ve achieved acclaim. Although all of these films have since been picked up for US distribution, some of them are still worth making the time for at Sundance. Here’s a […]
Since the Academy has a habit of not even nominating the right people, here’s a look at whom I’d nominate if I had an Oscar ballot. Best Picture Boyhood Selma National Gallery Pride Charlie’s Country Best Director Richard Linklater, Boyhood Ava DuVernay, Selma Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel Frederick Wiseman, National Gallery Jennifer Kent, The Babadook Best Actor Ralph […]
Although much of the awards-bait of 2014 was mediocre at best, from “The Imitation Game” to “The Theory of Everything,” last year was still filled with wonderful films, moving and entertaining, innovative and thoughtful. Here’s a look at my favourite films of 2014 that were actually released in US cinemas in 2014 or premiered in […]
Although I mostly dedicated my time to reviewing films in 2014, I still dabbled in theatre, television, and music reviews — my other passions. Here’s a look at my best writing of 2014 for The Seventh Row that’s not about film. 1. Theatre Review: Sam Mendes delivers a lucid, dark, and funny “King Lear” for NTLive One of […]
The first full year at The Seventh Row has been a big one, with coverage of Sundance, Cannes, The San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival. Here’s a look at the best film posts at The Seventh Row in 2014, which includes both reviews and interviews. 1. Review of “Boyhood”: In […]
His latest film, “National Gallery,” which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in May, takes a look at the inner-workings of London’s renowned art museum. The film is a fascinating look at one of the greatest art museums in the world, its role in the community, and how the paintings it houses continue to speak to us.
“It’s always good to make sure you’re never too good at one thing at a time,” mumbles Andre Allen (Chris Rock) to Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson), the New York Times reporter profiling him, upon learning that she dabbles in poetry, photography, and music. And yet, it could just as easily be applied to “Top Five,” […]