WIND RIVER

The camera swoops over rocky peaks and muddy roads covered in ice and snow. It’s an inhospitable and barren environment, as inviting as the Sahara Desert or the middle of the Pacific Oceans. It’s wintertime in Wyoming and it’s about as forgiving as an Old Testament god. Wind River, from writer/director Taylor Sheridan, opens in this desolate wasteland with Natalie (Kelsey Asbille) running shoeless through waist-deep snow in the middle of the night. We don’t need anyone to tell us she is running for her life. A day or two later, Cory (Jeremy Renner) finds the remains of her boyfriend … Continue reading WIND RIVER

THE THIRD MAN

Earlier this week, BBC Culture released its lists of “The 100 greatest American films” from a poll of 62 international film critics. The results weren’t surprising — what was left off cause more discussion — with the usual suspects: Citizen Kane, Vertigo, The Godfather, The Searchers, 2001, etc. topping the list. While these lists are arbitrary for their ranking, they remain fascinating for their treatment of the time-honored notion of canon. Whether or not Citizen Kane is the greatest motion picture of all time is debatable,  but most agree that it is amongst of the greats. A pillar of cinema … Continue reading THE THIRD MAN