IFC Films

Mar 14 2015

The Salvation

With a first-rate cast, director and cinematographer, it’s a wonder how “The Salvation” ended up looking like such a second-rate production. A lukewarm Western/revenge flick somewhat in the vein of “Unforgiven” but without the stirring emotional element, director Kristian Levring clearly understands how to set the mood of a good old-fashioned shoot-’em-up, but stumbles with […]
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Jan 24 2014

The Best Offer

Writer’s block is a funny thing. It’s the kind of thing that makes my carpal tunnel aches flare up with how many times I have to push the “delete” button on what I’ve just written. Here’s why: writing about the delicate plot machinations of The Best Offer will ultimately spoil the movie for you, and […]
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Aug 2 2013

The Canyons

Earlier this year, I read a story in the New York Times about how Paul Schrader, veteran screenwriter and director, had hired tabloid favorite Lindsay Lohan to be in his new movie, The Canyons. At one point in the article, it is said that “Schrader thinks she’s perfect for the role.” And how could she […]
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Aug 2 2013

The Canyons

If I didn’t know better, I’d swear I just watched one of those late night Cinemax flicks that serve no purpose other than to satisfy adolescent boys who can’t crack the parental lock code on their internet. “The Canyons”, the new film from director Paul Schrader (“American Gigolo”) and writer Bret Easton Ellis (the author […]
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Jul 5 2013

The Look of Love

My initial disappointment with The Look of Love may have stemmed from the fact that I expected another Steve Coogan/Michael Winterbottom farce. Their film 24 Hour Party People was full of great winks and nods to the subject matter, and it was a compelling and fun story. As I watched The Look of Love, however, […]
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Jul 5 2013

The Look of Love

Michael Winterbottom’s newest film, curiously – I guess ironically – titled “The Look of Love”, is a scattershot biopic about UK adult entertainment titan Paul Raymond. If you’re not at least middle-aged and/or British (or simply have never picked up a nudie mag), then you might not have heard of this man, who’s portrayed by […]
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