Trainwreck in the timber
Some novels just shouldn’t be adapted for film. Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. These two truisms come to mind in the wake of Serena, Susanne Bier’s troubled, long-shelved adaptation of Ron Rash’s 2009 novel (for context, Serena was shot on ...
Superb surrealism can't hide slim storyline.
A film that sets out to perplex—and perhaps succeeds more thoroughly than its maker intended—Berberian Sound Studio is also a souvenir (in the original, French sense of the word) of a vanished age and a superseded technology. Embedded in its...
I spy a classic.
In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tomas Alfredson’s devastatingly compressed take on John Le Carre’s classic espionage novel, you constantly see log books and file folders, tape spools and transcripts. It is 1974 and at the drab London headquarters...
Lowbrow comedy has too few laughs.
Danny McBride, the co-writer and star of Your Highness, has enjoyed a swift ascension into mainstream comedy ranks since he undertook the same duties five years ago, in the independent feature The Foot Fist Way. Not many people saw it, but...