OBVIOUS CHILD

Obvious Child is being billed as the abortion rom-com of the year. It is a romantic comedy centering on an abortion, but that tag is far too reductive. Obvious Child plays like a rom-com in reverse, with the final scene functioning as one of the most adorable “meet cutes” I have seen in a long time. A reminder that real life does not follow the typical plot point, three-act structure we hope for. Godard once said that, “A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.” Such is life. Donna (Jenny Slate) … Continue reading OBVIOUS CHILD

Movie Beat – 06.06.14

Borgman – It starts with a bang: Borgman (Jan Bijvoet) is on the run because a group of heavily armed priests are hunting him down. They locate his lair, force him out and he escapes just barely. He then comes to a suburban family’s house and asks them for a bath. They turn him away. He returns as a gardener and they accept him into their home and lives. Big mistake. Taking place in modern-day Netherland, this morality tale is played out with some very high stakes. Co-starring Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Eva van de Wijdeven and … Continue reading Movie Beat – 06.06.14

Movie Beat – 07.12.13

Crystal Fairy – Jamie (Michael Cera) is abroad in Chile and looking to broaden his horizons with one hell of a trip. He meets the bizarre and fun hippie, Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann), who joins him on his quest to find a magical cactus and drink the San Pedro on the beach. They make it to the beach, and things take a surprising turn for Jamie. If it weren’t about hallucinogenic drugs, then it would be strange as hell. Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, and Agustín Silva come along for the ride. A lot looser and more easy-going than … Continue reading Movie Beat – 07.12.13