My Man Godfrey

EFS Spring Series

Our climb to the top is the stuff of dreams; our tumble down is the hard knock of reality. The game of Life is more like Snakes and Ladders, as Charles Dickens well knew—in his 1861 novel, an orphan,...
Shootin' off again

Bottle Rocket

Hindsight’s not always 20/20, especially through rosy camera lenses. The Coens’ Texas neo-noir Blood Simple really was one of the American debuts of the ’80s; with each new, sophist...
Ash to ash

Pompeii

An F/X toga-opera offering today’s anti-imperial spin to that old rebel slave-gladiator plot and the class-division doomed-romance of that ’90s sinking-ship blockbuster, this Roman mega-d...

Sex After Kids review

Sex After Kids sounds like the title of a segment in a stand-up comic’s TV special, and there’s both a one-topic shtickiness and a sketch-comedy sensibility to Jeremy Lalonde’s movie, all about that ...
Out to sea, emotionally

A growing divide

Asghar Farhadi seemed to burst on to the international scene with A Separation (2011), the first film to sweep the top three prizes at the Berlin Film Festival; then it caught Oscar’s eye in tw...
The steam-punk stylings of Mr Hublot

The short and short of it

Few of us digest those cinematic hors d’oeuvres, short films, even when they pop up as special-program platters at red-carpet festivals or as the appetizer before the feature’s main cours...
A man and his knuckle tats

The Night of the Hunter

Words—of the God-defying and the God-fearing—enfold The Night of the Hunter. A Southern Gothic ’50s classic, director Charles Laughton’s only film (a flop on release) makes up, in atmosph...
The Kid in action

Tramping through the years

February 7, 1914. In the United States, a 24-year-old Englishman—who had spent months in London paupers’ schools and workhouses by the time he was 10—had recently appeared in his first work in ...
Mmm, another anti-American sleeper-cell breakfast!

For the motherland

It’s hard to imagine a more banal title for an American TV show than The Americans. But Joe Weisberg’s FX show, one of 2013′s best debut series (out on disc just before Valentine...
Rear Window

EFS Spring Film Series

Today’s tawdry tabloid behaviour of “celebrities” is a long, Bieber-gutter-slide-into-Miami-vice away from the crafty buffing and polishing of studio-contracted stars in ’40s ...