Sunday, October 26, 2014

Camp X-Ray

Writer and director Peter Sattler makes his feature debut with this powerful drama about notorious and controversial prison. A soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay finds herself conflicted when she befriends a prisoner. Sattler makes a compelling case against Gitmo and gives a fictional glimpse into the controversial military prison where apparently guilty and innocent suspects are held indefinitely without any rights or trial. Kristen Stewart stars with a terrific performance along with equally terrific Peyman Moaadi (A Separation) which raises some troubling questions about the US war on terror. 1001 Films' coverage of current releases. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Mexican writer and director Alejandro González Iñárritu delivers another dazzling film with his fifth feature which triumphs on every level. A former movie star tries stages a comeback and artistic integrity by doing a play on Broadway which proves to be an uphill battle on every level. After his dazzling non-linear trilogy, Iñárritu's second character study of men on the verge of psychological and spiritual breakdown finds him on a new path with this glorious achievement. Michael Keaton stars with his best performance leading a stellar cast that includes Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough and Zach Galifianakis. Ace cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki delivers another stunning achievement that elevates the film to another level of mastery while composer Antonio Sanchez shines in his debut. 1001 Films' coverage of current releases.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Force Majeure

Swedish writer and director Ruben Östlund delivers a knockout with this terrific drama. A Swedish family on vacation in the French Alps witness a controlled avalanche where a moment of danger triggers an instinctual reaction reveals troubling insight in the family's dynamic. Östlund delivers an utterly original film that goes beyond the story exploring male and female psychology in a profound way with plenty of humor. Johannes Kuhnke and Lisa Loven Kongsli deliver terrific performances in the leads along a fine supporting cast. 1001 Films' coverage of the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Gone Girl

Director David Fincher returns with another solid thriller which fits his style perfectly but doesn't explore any new ground. The aftermath of a woman's disappearance when the husband becomes the prime suspect where nothing is as it seems. Writer Gillian Flynn adapts her own novel which is a perfect match for Fincher's clinical approach of filmmaking. The film falls between "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Game" where Fincher's paints a scathing view on marriage and the media's obsession of crime. While the film is solid on every level, the expectations are high when it comes to Fincher as a director. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike deliver strong performances along with a great supporting cast that includes Kim Dickens, Tyler Perry and Patrick Fugit amongst others. 1001 Films' coverage of current releases.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Horses of God

French-Moroccan writer and director Nabil Ayouch delivered another solid film with this drama. Two brothers are caught up in a web of poverty and violence while growing up in a slum until one of them goes to jail and returns radicalized in fundamentalist Islam. Inspired by actual events, Ayouch use it to show how poverty paves the way for violence in all its forms. Ayouch again uses non-professional actors and actual location to give the film authenticity which serves the story and film greatly. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Indian writer and director Reema Kagti delivered a terrific drama with her second feature.  A cop haunted by personal tragedy takes on a mysterious case involving the death of a movie star and a prostitute. Kagti and co-writer Zoya Akhtar have a created an effective thriller which holds up well with a terrific cast and vibrant locations. Bollywood superstars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji shine in the leads with solid performances. The solid supporting cast also includes Nawazuddin Siddiqui while composer Ram Sampath provides the right score and songs to enhance the film. 1001 Films' coverage of films on DVD.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Imitation Game

Norwegian director Morten Tyldum makes his Hollywood debut with this astonishing drama about the legendary founder of the computer. The enigma of Alan Turing is revealed to a dazzling effect in this superb thriller as he assigned to crack the Enigma code that helped the allies a victory. Based on the book by Andrew Hodges, Tyldum and writer Graham Moore finally give Turing, the hero treatment he deserved considering the shameful way he was driven to suicide. Benedict Cumberbatch stars in a career defining performance that's flawless. The equally stellar supporting cast includes Keira KnightleyMatthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Rory Kinnear. 1001 Films' coverage of the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Theory of Everything

British director James Marsh's fourth narrative feature is also his best work besides his outstanding documentary "Man on Wire." A brief history of Stephen Hawking's life from his years at Cambridge University where he falls in love when a vicious disease breaks his body but not his brilliant mind through his years becoming a renowned physicist defying expectations with the help of his wife, family and friends. Based on the book by Jane Hawking, Marsh and writer Anthony McCarten bring the inspiring story of the Hawkings vividly on screen with a stellar cast and crew. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star with terrific performances as the couple whose love overcomes incredible obstacles. The stellar supporting cast includes David Thewlis, Charlie Cox amongst others. 1001 Films' coverage of the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Men, Women & Children

Writer and director Jason Reitman's sixth feature is another solid drama which seems rather dated than current. A group of teenagers and their parents navigate their personal tribulations which is complicated through modern technology such as internet and mobile devices. Based on the novel by Chad Kultgen, Reitman and co-writer Erin Cressida Wilson tap into the complication of relationships through technology which has always existed whether it's marital problems, generational conflict or the perils of adolescence. The narrow focus is mostly on sex and self-image which asserts what white Americans are most concerned with. The talented ensemble includes Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort and Adam Sandler. 1001 Films' coverage of the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival.