Spider-Man has always been the most interesting and compelling superhero for me — the only one whose movies I always want to see. Why? I think I finally figured it out.
Resembling Jeff Nichols’s Loving and Martin Provost’s Séraphine, Maudie is a magnificent film about the triumph of love over hardship and poverty in the lives of outcasts.
Nolan’s latest is high on noise, chaos, and anxiety, and low on poetry. But it provides a necessary corrective to the dangerous machismo of most war films.
David Lowery’s second movie about a somewhat-invisible character is a lot more mysterious… perhaps to a fault.
“If you try to suppress the arts, then I think you’re suppressing the deepest dreams and aspirations of a people.”
— President Barack Obama, May 2016
Songs I’m playing frequently this month:
Looking for Looking Closer’s archive of film reviews? Here it is.
What is a “nous”? What does “theoria” mean? These two words are at the heart of Looking Closer’s vision.
These are my favorite feature films of the year so far:
(Caution: These trailers may contain spoilers. Proceed with caution.)