Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 6:02pm
French New Wave

If there was any place to start a dive into the French New Wave, any key figure to visit first, it would have to be the spearhead of the cinematic movement — the ever-prolific Francois Truffaut. Truffaut’s name is difficult to avoid wherever the history of cinema is brought up. Even for me, someone without any proper film theory education, his name is the first to pop up in any internet search, the first mentioned in any academic reading, the first slid into any conversation — and after watching “The 400 Blows” this week, I can’t say I’m surprised.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 11:53am

Considering the well publicized production issues that plagued “Solo” — which saw its original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The LEGO Movie”) fired due to creative differences midway through production and replaced with Ron Howard (“Rush”) shortly after — having the finished product be at the least watchable is a victory. And by some miracle, its actually good.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:02am
Breaking In

“Breaking In” is not as painful a movie as it has been framed to be. In fact, coming in with modest expectations, viewers will likely find the film not nearly as torturous and dull as described by reviewers. Yes, in terms of creativity and character development this movie is worthy of its lowest critic and audience reviews. However, give director James McTeigue some props.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:02am

What does modern motherhood look like? The spectrum of cinematic depictions of what it means to be a mother is seemingly endless, ranging from lighthearted, surface-level portrayals of mothers in “Freaky Friday” and “Mean Girls” to far darker depictions of mothers acting ‘un-motherly’ in “Carrie” and “Ordinary People.” Despite the variation in genre, what all these films have in common is that their portrayals of motherhood are over-exaggerated and unrealistic.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 5:07pm
Vincent Elbaz in "I Am Not An Easy Man"

This is exactly what the essence of Pourrait’s film is getting at. It is only in a fictitious, female-run world that Alexandra can get away with casual hook-ups unscathed because in reality, her character would be condemned for not adhering to social norms.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 5:06pm
Aleksey Rozin and Maryana Spivak in "Loveless"

At first glance, “Loveless” appears to be a film about a tragic marriage that results in a runaway child. But it has way more complexity than that

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 5:01pm
The English-speaking dogs of 'Isle of Dogs'

Anderson claims he dislikes dubbed Japanese movies, yet that is essentially what he has done with “Isle of Dogs,” albeit in a more cinematic, purposeful fashion.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 4:46pm

‘Lawn Boy’ elevates the traditional young adult novel with its introspective narrator and avoidance of cliche, shallow plotlines.

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 9:55pm
"A Quiet Place"

Along with its moments of paralyzing fear, ‘A Quiet Place’ weaves a moving emotional arc about family, love and sacrifice.

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 1:21pm
The dogs of 'Isle of Dogs'

The Michigan Daily’s film writers discuss Anderson’s style, body of work and legacy, in response to the release of “Isle of Dogs.”