Blu-ray Review: Frank Borzage's MOONRISE Glows for Criterion

Director Frank Borzage was never one to wallow in the darkness. He made quality dramas, his work spanning from the silent era into the  early 1960s. Although one of the major filmmakers in his earlier career, we don’t hear all...

Review: TAG Isn't It

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we get old because we stop playing.” That is the quote that validates five childhood friends to sustain a high-stakes, no-holds-barred game of tag for a lifetime. George Bernard Shaw originally said...

Blu-ray Review: THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES Is Blu With Criterion

“Art, no matter how high it rises, cannot forget the land which birthed it.” - Martiros Saryan. That quote, by a prominent Armenian painter, begins The Color of Armenian Land, a scarcely seen short documentary by Mikhail Vartanov which, at...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC Keeps the Faith

I couldn’t go to church on the evening of Good Friday this year, so instead I watched The Passion of Joan of Arc.  The choice was solid, for a number of reasons.  I watched the completely silent version, said to...

Review: TULLY Delivers the Postpartum Depression Vibe

Or: Postpartum Depression: The Movie. Up front, I feel as though I should offer a bit of disclosure: I know this one.   No, I did not have anything to do with the making of the film, its development, or...

Review: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, A Fun and Dire Marvel Royale

The impossible geek dream of most every Marvel movie character together in one adventure has, at long last, landed.  Iron Man!  Captain America!  Thor!  Spider-Man!  Doctor Strange!  Guardians of the Galaxy!  (This could go on for a while).  But is...

Screen Anarchists On READY PLAYER ONE

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is the legendary director's highest-grossing film in over a decade, and audience reception worldwide is pretty kind towards it. Many critics like the film as well, and some herald it as a return to...

Review: FLOWER, A Fresh Cut Above the Rest

Meet Erica. She's in high school, and lives with her mom. Her hobbies include atmospheric punk music, running around with her friends, and fellatio. Yes, you read that last bit correctly. Erica (Zoey Deutch, the radiant and talented daughter of...

Review: DEAR DICTATOR, Not Teen Movie Torture

It’s been said that movies are a universal medium, capable of connecting to the ways, plights, and struggles of different cultures. “A machine of empathy” and all that. Although Dear Dictator, a relatively unlikely teen comedy, centrally involves a foreign...

10+ Years Later: BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE Stands the Test of Time

Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan. Rockers. Buddies. Prophets. Sure, this lovable pair of righteous slackers somehow go on from no-talent anonymity to unifying global musical greatness, but who could’ve foreseen that their simplistic all-good/all-bad worldview would also...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS a Top Story, by Miles

The great Jeanne Moreau died July 31, 2017. She was an undisputed titan of World Cinema, a deep and dour, alive yet melancholy presence, ever unmistakable. Always elevating. I say this here and now because I couldn’t at the time....

10+ Years Later: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS Still Makes the Cut

So, I was right about this one. It was a chilly day in late 1990, and my younger brother and I got into a disagreement. We could only see one movie. I was a high school geek far before being...

ScreenPrint: CULT EPICS COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO CULT CINEMA, a Prestigious Tome

As cinema and moviegoing itself becomes increasingly niche, it could be observed that movies themselves, as we’ve always known and experienced them, are becoming cult experiences. "Cult," that is, as defined as a small group outside of the mainstream and...

Review: PADDINGTON 2 Leaves the House for the Big House

When we last saw Paddington Bear on the big screen, he had happily settled in with the Brown family, nestled safely in the heart of picturesque London. This was much to chagrin of the evil villain played by Nicole Kidman,...

An American Film Geek's Top Ten of 2017

What an embarrassment. An embarrassment of riches, that is. 2017 had so many excellent, top-tier, wonderful, provocative, enjoyable films, that any given critic's list can't help but be embarrassing for what's not able to be included. I've seen no shortage...

Blu-ray Review: Alexander Payne's ELECTION Gets the Criterion Vote

What is that irritating buzzing sound, anyway...? Is it a bee? In this movie, they’ve been known to sting philandering high school teachers, right in the eye. Is it the flickering fluorescent lighting in George Washington Carver High School? That’s...

ScreenAnarchy's Favourite Films of 2017

Another year over, and what an annus horribilis it proved to be in so many ways. But away from the political atrocities that took place in pretty much every country you care to mention, and the sexual harassment scandals that...

Review: AVA Nakedly Attacks the Female Coming of Age Film

Looking for a good female coming of age film, but Lady Bird is too soft for you? Meet Ava. Like Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed semi-autobiographical tale, Ava hinges on the strained relationship between a teenage daughter, Ava (Noée Abita),...

Blu-ray Review: THE PHILADELPHIA STORY Classes Up Criterion

Despite harboring a healthy love for classic Hollywood’s great works, there’s something about the 1940 comedy The Philadelphia Story that’s always presented a barrier to me. Is it the class presentation? It’s a film about extremely wealthy Americans doing extremely...

Review: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Stronger Than Ever with the Force

There’s nothing better than a great Star Wars movie. And this is a great Star Wars movie. In the interest of rightly remaining spoiler free, I’ll put forth that, generally speaking, The Last Jedi pulls off many things that The...