Archive for Film

Birdman

by Rick Segreda “Birdman” is good – indeed, very good – filmmaking that stops short of being great.  Though director Alejandro González Iñárritu worked on the screenplay with three other scribes, Nicolás Giacobone Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. [...]

Calvary

by Rick Segreda “Calvary,” written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, tries to be an Irish “Diary of a Country Priest,” but winds up instead being so much blarney.  As one may recall, the 1951 “Diary [...]

Relatos Salvajes

by Rick Segreda Argentina’s “Relatos Salvajes”, (“Wild Tales”) injects a much-needed burst of energy into Latin American cinema, which has often been guilty of excessive solemnity.  By contrast, “Relatos Salvajes”, is anything but solemn. Indeed, writer-director [...]

Boyhood

by Rick Segreda I was not bedazzled by Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood”, but I certainly wasn’t bothered by it. In fact, I rather liked it, but I did not love it, and there are times in which [...]

Mike Nichols: A Life in Film and Politics

by Rick Segreda The death of Mike Nichols closes the curtain on an extraordinary life and career, both personally and professionally. Furthermore, it also concludes a chapter in Hollywood history that began during the 1960s when [...]

The Lunchbox

by Rick Segreda “The Lunchbox”, an Indian film known as “Dabba” in Hindi, is currently in Chile at Cinehoyts, and let’s hear it for progressive capitalism! That a corporation which usually limits its offerings to Hollywood product or [...]

Film Review: Gone Girl

by Rick Segreda   “Gone Girl” has emerged not only as a very big box office hit, but as the most massively misogynist movie from Hollywood since “Fatal Attraction”. That a woman, Gillian Flynn, not only [...]

Pandora’s Box

by Rick Segreda   In the last two decades, the Turkish experience in contemporary film has come into prominence for world audiences through the immigrant sensibilities of Fatih Akin, based in Germany, and Ferzan Özpetek, based in [...]

Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

by Rick Segreda Three years ago I placed “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” on the top of my year’s best-of list, largely for how it returned intelligent writing and competent craftsmanship to the high-budget, [...]

Interview: Werner Herzog’s Sound and Vision

by Rick Segreda photo courtesy Eric Spitzer-Marlyn Werner Herzog and Eric Spitzer-Marlyn have maintained a fruitful partnership as filmmaker and sound engineer since 1999, when Spitzer-Marlyn engineered the audio for “My Best Enemy”, Herzog’s tribute to [...]