Where is the Female Version of ‘Whiplash’?


I’d really like to see more introspective films about the human experience where the humans experiencing things look like me.

‘Nymphomaniac’ Is a Lars von Trier Film That Is Actually a Little Bit Fun


As it turns out, ‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1’ is delicately told with both humor and sentimentality. Granted, we are given a rapid sequence of tight close-ups on male genitalia which lasts several minutes, but Gainsbourg’s detached voiceover makes the whole thing feel comical. In fact, we view all the sex acts through Joe’s curious, discerning lens. We’re not just looking at the life of a sex addict, but instead at the intertextual experience of a specific woman who feels she is addicted to sex, but not love. Joe recalls significant moments in her life and analyzes them; in one instance, she wonders why her virginity was taken in a number of thrusts equal to numbers in the Fibonacci sequence.

Guest Writer Wednesday: Melancholia, Take 2

Justine as Ophelia? from Melancholia (2011) This is a guest post from Hannah Reck. “All say, ‘How hard it is that we have to die’—a strange complaint to come from people who have had to live.” –Mark Twain  As a mother of a 3-year-old, I don’t get out much, and, on my evenings off, I’d […]

Indie Spirit Best International Film Nominee: Melancholia

Melancholia (2011) This is a guest post from Olivia Bernal. As I’m leaving the theatre, the booming volume of two planets crashing still causing a hollow echo in my ears, the gentlemen who sat behind me remarks to his wife, “Well, that was…odd.” “What did you say?” his wife replies, apparently as temporarily deaf as […]