Tag: willem dafoe

Nymphomaniac: A Left-Handed Film

[written by Cole Clark] A Stone in Your Shoe How can a filmmaker make anguish engaging? It takes a certain amount of confidence, and material that’s provocative enough to ruffle some feathers. Michael Haneke and David Lynch, for example, craft stirring films from tortuous content. Haneke’s The Piano Teacher and Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return are…

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Siberia

Last we saw of Abel Ferrara was with still-undistributed Cannes premiere Tommaso in 2019, starring Willem Dafoe as an aging, self-hating director. Siberia, premiering at Berlinale less than a year later, is perhaps the director’s elusive, hypothetical film. Starring Willem Dafoe again, who had previously collaborated with the auteur on projects like Pasolini, New Rose…

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The Last Thing He Wanted

I firmly believe that Dee Rees is a good filmmaker. I feel like I should get that point out of the way before I go any farther into this. Pariah is one of my favorite films, an empathetic story of a teenaged, lesbian African-American. It was a queer film in the modern era before queer…

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Motherless Brooklyn

At a family gathering recently, a young cousin of mine went on for around 15 minutes about the drama surrounding her 4th grade class. She spoke with the sort of confidence and excitement only found in someone that young, and even though the actual words and events she was describing were basically meaningless, I was…

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The Lighthouse

I’d love to say The Lighthouse is an ambitious failure – that Robert Eggers tried to tap into something heady, existential, or even primal, and just wound up coming up short. If only it were a thematic or narrative mess, or an admirable but flawed attempt at provocation that unfortunately missed the mark. Instead, Eggers’…

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