Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Film review by: Witney Seibold

  

          As a mystery, Stephen Daldry’s investigative 9/11 treasure hunt “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” is first rate. (more…)

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Published in: on February 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

José Padilha began his career as a documentarian, trying to expose police corruption in his native Brazil. (more…)

Published in: on June 28, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (1)  

Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

          Dan Rush’s “Everything Must Go” is based on a short story by Raymond Carver, who previously had his work adapted by Robert Altman in the epic suburban drama “Short Cuts.” Carver’s stories all seem to be infused with a certain flavor of amoral suburban angst, that is somewhere between the saturated melodrama of Douglas Sirk and the gin-soaked poetic delirium of Charles Bukowski. (more…)

Published in: on May 12, 2011 at 12:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Film review by: Witney Seibold

A lot of people still aren’t sure whether or not Banksy‘s “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is some sort of hoax. (more…)

Published in: on March 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm  Comments (1)  

Enter the Void

Enter the Void

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

At first glace, Gaspar Noé‘s “Enter the Void” is just as provocative and as confrontational as his brutal “Irreversible;” (more…)

Published in: on September 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Expendables

The Expendables

Film review by: Witney Seibold

 

Sylvester Stallone‘s “The Expendables” is one of the noisiest movies ever made. Not ten minutes can pass in this film without a massive gun battle breaking out, a car crashing into something, or a gigantic landmark exploding. Near the end of the film, one character barked an order to another: “Blow the tanks!,” and all I could do was ponder what hadn’t yet already been blown up. But the film was as good as its word, and blew up something else. (more…)

Published in: on August 13, 2010 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment  

An Education

An Education

Film review by: Witney Seibold

Lone Scherfig’s “An Education” is a sweet, intelligent film that knows the hearts and minds of young people better than they seem to know themselves. (more…)

Published in: on January 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm  Comments (1)  

Elephant

Elephant
Film review by: Witney Seibold

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Many have said that the title refers to the old saying about the elephant in the living room, but I think the title refers to the old koan of the seven blind men who discover an elephant for the first time. One, holding the tail, thinks the animal is a rope. One holds the leg: it’s a tree. One holds the trunk: it’s a snake. Each is correct is his observation, but none of them knows what the whole animal is. (more…)

Published in: on August 10, 2009 at 3:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Eye (2003)

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Film review by: Witney Seibold

The Eye 2003
            “The Eye,” the new Hong Kong thriller from The Pang Brothers (Danny and Oxide), is the latest film in Asia’s horror/thriller revival that started with the success of Japan’s “Ringu” (and its sequel, and prequel, and American remake) in 1998. In this revival, from what I have observed, the films’ fulcrums are less violence and grotesquerie and giddy sickening thrill, and more striking images and a colder spooky feeling of dread; they’re the only films in which the ghosts move slowly. (more…)

Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 6:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Equilibrium

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Film review by: Witney Seibold

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            “It’s not the message that’s important,” Cleric John Preston’s boss intones to him, “It’s our obedience to it that matters.” This Orwellian sentiment is handled with care and adeptness in the surprisingly good science fiction film “Equilibrium,” directed by Kurt Wimmer, and starring Christian Bale. (more…)

Published in: on May 12, 2009 at 11:21 pm  Leave a Comment