Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

Release: Friday, October 14, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Directed by: Kevin Macdonald If you have never heard of Cai Guo-Qiang, you are primed for a transcendent experience in Sky Ladder, a Netflix exclusive that delves into the personal and professional life of this blisteringly original Chinese contemporary artist. In this quietly unassuming but bold and visually-oriented documentary from Kevin … Continue reading Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

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Love

Release: Friday, October 30, 2015 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Gaspar Noé Directed by: Gaspar Noé French-Argentinian Gaspar Noé has chosen to follow up his "psychedelic melodrama" Enter the Void with a graphic examination of relationships driven by lust and jealousy, and while it is a warmer film than his previous efforts, Love is a far cry from feel-good and offers its … Continue reading Love

Woman in Gold

Release: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Alexi Kaye Campbell Directed by: Simon Curtis For a film trading in the recovery of stolen artwork at the hands of the Nazis Woman in Gold should, without necessarily resorting to graphic depiction, linger in the mind much longer than it's going to. Simon Curtis' suitably respectful tone and ability … Continue reading Woman in Gold

Mortdecai

Release: Friday, January 23, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Eric Aronson Directed by: David Koepp Charlie Mortdecai has a sensitive gag reflex. He endearingly calls it a 'sympathetic gag.' After seeing Johnny Depp embrace an entirely new level of bizarre here, I'm pretty sure I've developed something similar, except mine's not out of sympathy. I'm genuinely disgusted by how bad … Continue reading Mortdecai

Big Eyes

Release: Christmas Day 2014 [Theater] Written by: Scott Alexander; Larry Karaszewski  Directed by: Tim Burton Tim Burton's latest feels a little on the safe side. Why does that sound like I'm complaining? Shouldn't the one thing that I ought to be doing right now be praising the director's efforts for attempting to reach for a new muse? I guess more than … Continue reading Big Eyes

Tim’s Vermeer

Release: Friday, January 31, 2014 (limited) [Theater] Tim's Vermeer is the documentary that does not discriminate. It does not care how far-removed a viewer is from their high school art course, nor about how much the stigma attached to a genre like 'art documentary' limits the potential total audience. Despite a title that might suggest something … Continue reading Tim’s Vermeer