Category Archives: Reviews

L’avventura (1960). Reviewed by Film Matters Fall 2017 Editorial Board

L’avventura Criterion Blu-ray Review from Liza Palmer Contributors: Catherine Colson, Jamie Foley, JT Fritsch, Sean Gallagher, Danet Grabbe, Breanna Grim, Matthew Johnson, Garrett Neal, Cheyenne Puga, Austin Grey, Ethan Schneier, Anthony Wilson, and K. M. Wise.

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Groundhog Day: The Day Before Tomorrow. Reviewed by Luke Batten

“If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” –Steve Jobs Phil Connors (Bill Murray) brings a whole new meaning to this carpe diem sentiment in Groundhog Day (1993). Self-centred TV weatherman … Continue reading

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Pluralism as Penance: Pablo Larraín’s The Club. Reviewed by Stephen Borunda

Pablo Larraín’s unorthodox drama The Club (2015) centers on a company of dishonored parochial members that live just outside a small beach community named La Boca (The Mouth) in central Chile. While the setting of the film may be unfamiliar … Continue reading

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To Choose in La La Land. Reviewed by Elham Shabani

How many times have we had to decide between two seemingly equal opportunities? Probably a great many! Such is the case with the life of the two main characters in the Oscar-winning musical La La Land. The movie was released … Continue reading

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The Dissolution of Naivety is the Dissolution of Transformation: Andrés Wood’s Machuca (2004). Reviewed by Stephen Borunda

“My poor, un-white thing! Weep not nor rage. I know, too well, that the curse of God lies heavy on you. Why? That is not for me to say, but be brave! Do your work in your lowly sphere, praying … Continue reading

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I Am Jane Doe (2017). Reviewed by Ariana Aboulafia

Every once in a while, a film – in this case,  a documentary – comes along on a particular topic that is so eye-opening that it makes you stop and ask yourself how in the hell you didn’t know about … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation (2003). Reviewed by Niko Pajkovic

“I just don’t know what I am supposed to be,” explains Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) to the washed-up movie star Bob Harris (Bill Murray) as both characters quietly contemplate their lives. It is a question steeped in naïve uncertainty and existential … Continue reading

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Filmatique. Reviewed by Emmett Williams

Filmatique (http://www.filmatique.com/) is a website that caters mainly to people who have grown tired of Netflix’s inconsistent quality and poor user interface. It offers fresh, new, and mostly foreign, films, from unknown directors and exotic locales. The site organizes these … Continue reading

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Neruda (2016). Reviewed by Stephen Borunda

“If God is in my verse” …if God is in my verse, I am God If God is in your distressed eyes, you are God… (Neruda, Poetry of Neruda 6) [Please be aware that the following film review contains spoilers.] … Continue reading

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Socialism on Film (SOF). Reviewed by Emmett Williams

Socialism on Film (SOF) is a remarkable project, detailing the history of the most important political, philosophical, and economic movement of the last one hundred and fifty years, and its reflection on the cinema. An undertaking quite clearly years in … Continue reading

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