Limbo

Limbo (2020)

Limbo begins with a smile, and with a cautionary tale about the mixed signals that a smile can send. Its first image is a large, crudely chalked smiley-face on a blackboard, as Helga (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Boris (Kenneth Collard) rôle-play a scenario in which a man on the dance floor misconstrues a woman’s smile…

Minari

Minari (2020)

“Ask yourself before you pee, ‘Is this a dream? Is this a dream?’” This advice, offered by Monica (Yeri Han) to her seven-year-old son David (Alan Kim) as a strategy to help him stop wetting the bed, captures something of the spirit of Minari. For, set in the rural Arkansas of the 1980s to which…

Blood From Stone

Blood From Stone (2020)

In the foreground, a large, bearded Balkan man dressed like a cowboy (Vanja Kapetanovic) sits at a table, tapping his glass impatiently, until four casually dressed men enter the bar and order whiskies. Once the cowboy has heard them say that they are out-of-towners in Las Vegas for a convention, he buys them all several…

Eastern

Eastern Boys (2012)

Eastern Boys first published by Sight & Sound, January 2015 Review: There is a scene near the end of Eastern Boys in which Chelsea (Edéa Darcque), concierge at the out-of-town Halt Hotel catering mostly to illegal immigrants, asks long-term guest Boss (Danil Vorobyev) about his relationship with the 14-year-old boy (Beka Markozashvili) who is the youngest…

Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

What We Do In The Shadows first published by EyeforFilm Where television’s Flight of the Conchords (2007-9), starring its co-writer Jemaine Clement and occasionally directed by Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark, Boy), concerned a pair of clueless New Zealand musicians lost, confused and trying to get by in New York City, What We Do In The Shadows,…