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Far From Heaven

The Deep Blue Sea (2012) Review

The Deep Blue Sea (2012) Review

RATING: (2.5 STARS) All too often, the word “melodrama” has a negative connotation. It’s used interchangeably with “manipulative” to describe a film with less-than-authentic emotions. The truth is that the melodrama is a perfectly respectable genre of film with a number of genuine masterpieces to its name (Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven comes immediately to […]

Far from Heaven Review

Far from Heaven Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Todd Haynes’ “Far From Heaven” transports us to a time that is often lampooned in film (1950s suburbia), but rarely taken seriously. It confronts some difficult social issues (racism, sexism, homophobia), while also finding time to develop some involving, non-manipulative melodrama. It’s also visually stunning and features one of the finest performances […]

The Best Films of the 2000s

The Best Films of the 2000s

It’s hard to believe how much has changed for me over ten years. This was my coming-of-age decade. At the change of the millennium, I was in sixth grade. Now, with one semester left in college, I’m about to become a real person. In terms of movies, in 2000, I maybe attended two or three […]

The Best Performances of the 2000s

The Best Performances of the 2000s

In descending order: 10.) Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) – Most of Clint Eastwood’s films this decade have featured a lead character who, for better or worse, dominates the screen. Sean Penn in Mystic River, Angelina Jolie and Changeling, and Eastwood himself in Gran Torino all demonstrate this. They might not be captivating figures, but […]