With “Dark Star,” You’ll Never Want to Leave H.R. Giger’s World

Last May, the world lost one of its most transgressive and influential artists in H.R. Giger, a Swiss man who changed cinema and with it, popular culture. A year after his death, Bellinda Sallin’s documentary Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World has arrived, an illuminating and bewitching look at his life, work … Get hard

“About Elly” Is A Devastating Drama Drowning In Lies

About Elly is one of those movies you want to go in without any idea of what it’s about. I just had that pleasure and I’m still recovering from writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s masterwork. Farhadi, the director of the Academy Award winning film A Separation, actually wrote and directed About Elly before A Separation. Now his … Get hard

“The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?” Is Tantalizing “What If?” For Movie Nerds

Life presents an infinite number of questions, but perhaps none more provocative and poignant than “What if?” What if I didn’t run that red light? What if I had gone to that concert with Cait freshman year? “What if?” scenarios can plague us, paralyze us and dull us into a … Get hard

Seals, Stop-Motion & Blood, Oh My: The Incredible SEEfest Animated Shorts

Over the past week, the South East European Film Festival has come to Los Angeles, taking over a slew of the most blissfully independent theatres in the area. This is going to sound like a first-world problem, but living in LA, you lose track of film festivals: there’s so many. … Get hard

I Don’t Know How He Did It, But Joss Whedon Saved “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”

After three years and four movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron has arrived. I’ll admit, going in, I was nervous for the film, forever worried that Marvel Studios’ bubble might pop. It certainly stretches the seams here, but rest assured, Marvel’s insane streak continues, thanks in large part to Joss Whedon. Avengers 2 isn’t … Get hard