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Last holdout

PAUL SCHRADER’s latest feature First Reformed — his 23rd directing job — is a tiny feature shot around Brooklyn and Queens in only 20 days, on a budget of roughly three and a half million dollars. It’s also arguably his best work to date, or if not his best then somewhere up there.

You will never really cohere

LYNNE RAMSAY’s films as narrative features are, to put it mildly, problematic: they rarely unfold in the approved straightforward manner; are elliptical to the point of obscure; are dark violent disturbing.

Silk purse

HAVE TO admit this straight out: I know nothing about fashion or clothes. I’d repeat that in Andrew Sach’s approximation of a Basque accent but for the record and to get it out of the way when it comes to couture and textile and clothing design I know nothing. Nada.

Unhinged

THE BEST part of Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane is easily the first half — when unwary businesswoman Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy from The Crown) is suddenly committed to a mental ward for suicidal ideation.

Origins

By Noel Vera DVD Review Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Directed by Angela Robinson PATTY JENKINS’s Wonder Woman makes no reference at all to the subject — partly...

Predator

By Noel Vera DVD Review Lolita Directed by Stanley Kubrick (Warning: novel and film’s overall story and narrative twists discussed in close detail) NABOKOV’s Lolita — about a middle-aged...

The living dread

By Noel Vera Often called the “Father of the Zombie Film,” George Romero died in his sleep on July 16 following a “brief but aggressive...

Small town on the big screen

DVD Review Some Came Running Directed by Vincente Minnelli By Noel Vera (Warning: plot twists and narrative discussed in detail) Vincente Minnelli’s Some Came Running (adapted from the James...

Lost and found

By Noel B. Vera DVD REVIEW The Lost City of Z Directed by James Gray YOU WONDER looking at James Gray’s New York-based dramas where the producers got...

Troubling Birth

By Noel Vera DVD Review Birth of a Nation Directed by Nate Parker NATE PARKER’S best most audacious, most brilliant stroke is to take the name of D.W....

Some fascinating features in new edition of Bowie’s first film

Blu-ray/DVD Review Man Who Fell to Earth: Limited Collector’s Edition Studiocanal/Lionsgate Limited The three-disc Studiocanal/Lionsgate Limited Collector’s Edition box set of the SF cult classic The Man...

War games

By Noel Vera DVD Review Sundalong Kanin (Rice Soldiers) Directed by Janice O’Hara (Belated tribute to Janice O’Hara, 1980-2016) TO SAY Janice O’Hara’s Sundalong Kanin (Rice Soldiers) is clumsy...

Papa don’t preach

By Noel Vera DVD Review Toni Erdmann Directed by Maren Ade MAREN ADE’s Toni Erdmann on paper sounds like that most tiresome of tales: a free spirit goosing...

It’s a good life

By Noel Vera DVD Review It’s a Wonderful Life Directed by Frank Capra (Warning: plot and narrative twists discussed in close and explicit detail) I do think Frank Capra’s...

Model student

By Noel Vera DVD Review The Neon Demon Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon provokes as many questions as it does responses: is...

Fast & furious

By Noel Vera DVD Review Love and Friendship Directed by Whit Stillman I REMEMBER one night picking up a copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice -- waded...

Packed with extras

By Heather Turk DVD Review Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray Silver Anniversary Edition A TALE as old as time gets the silver anniversary treatment, as Beauty and the Beast...

Pete’s dragging

DVD REVIEW Pete’s Dragon Directed by David Lowery By Noel Vera Walt Disney Studios, in case you haven’t noticed, has been remaking its movies with mostly dire results....

The miracle of Dreyer’s crib

By Noel Vera DVD Review The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Directed by Preston Sturges Ordet Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer (Warning: plot of both The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek and...

Anomalous

By Noel Vera DVD Review Anomalisa Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson CHARLIE KAUFMAN and Duke Johnson’s Anomalisa (2015) was based on Kaufman’s “sound play” -- actors...

Super natural

By Noel Vera DVD Review The VVitch Directed by Robert Eggers ROBERT EGGERS’ debut feature The VVitch is suitably chaste and sensual — chaste in that it uses...

Mother lover

By Noel Vera DVD Review Goodnight Mommy Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz SEVERIN FIALA and Veronika Franz’s Goodnight Mommy is perfect Mother’s Day fare -- if your...

Back to the future

DVD Review Peppermint Candy Directed by Lee Chang-dong By Noel Vera Lee Chang-dong’s sophomore feature Peppermint Candy (1999) is perhaps his most formally innovative, starting with a man’s...

Saul surfer

By Noel Vera DVD Review Son of Saul Directed by Lazlo Nemes LAZLO NEMES’ extraordinarily shot and executed debut feature Son of Saul answers a question I (and...

Above the law

By Noel Vera DVD Review Spotlight Directed by Tom McCarthy There’s a point in Tom McCarthy’s new film where brand new Boston Globe editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber)...

Far ’nuff

By Noel Vera DVD Review Far from the Madding Crowd Directed by Thomas Vinterberg THOMAS VINTERBERG’S adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s first real success is, well, middling fair. The...

Women in cages

By Noel Vera DVD Review Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles Directed by Chantal Akerman THE LATE Chantal Akerman’s best-known work and popularly acknowledged masterpiece...