Month: August 2014

As Above So Below

by Lance Tilford | Posted in The Wayward Critic | No Comments

The thing about catacombs is that it’s dark and easy to lose one’s way; which is exactly what this movie does. It starts with promise— young British archaeologist Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) believes she’s found the secret to discovering the Philosopher’s Stone, an ancient mythical stone with healing properties, so she enlists her reluctant friend, linguist/anarchist […]

The Zero Theorem

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If you dream of seeing a film that mashes up elements of Blade Runner’s set design, Rocky Horror Picture Show’s costume design, and Brazil’s madcap characterizations and bleakness with teased hope, then you’re going to flip for The Zero Theorem, Terry Gilliam’s welcome return to form. Though the plot concerns the quest to solve the […]

Boyhood

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Well into Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s near 3-hour episodic slice-of-life showing a boy as he grows from 6 to 18, you begin to get the jarring sense that you’re watching all the moments of a film that are usually left out. There is family drama, but we are not witness to the usual scenes of conflict […]

Lucy & Transcendence

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Lucy, in theatres now, and Transcendence, just released on VOD, both explore the possibilities of human evolution, particularly of a “singularity” where consciousness and technology combine to create a new form and phase of existence. And both films need Morgan Freeman to explain everything. Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, is first and foremost a Luc Besson […]