(Don’t!) Let the Beat Drop: “Whiplash” Review

Like the title suggests, Whiplash is a jarring and explosive event, striking with a force and power that stuns and reverberates for moments to come. Director Damien Chazelle doesn’t direct a film so much as he conducts an orchestra, leading with a barrage of percussion and brass then, deftly, employs gentle finely-tuned writing to create … Continue reading (Don’t!) Let the Beat Drop: “Whiplash” Review

Steady Hands. No Fast Pans. Don’t Use the Zoom. “Nightcrawler” Review

Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler wants to be noir in the same way that Lou Bloom wants to be a cinematic auteur, clinging with tight desperation to an idea that can never fully come to fruition. Instead it lurks in shadows and creates a quiet, pensive beauty grown from a horror that should deeply disturb us but … Continue reading Steady Hands. No Fast Pans. Don’t Use the Zoom. “Nightcrawler” Review