Sam Niles

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Sundance Film Festival Review: Love Machina

Love Machina – had it been an hour shorter – could have been a compelling exploration of Martine and Bina Rothblatt, two lovers who...

Venice Film Festival Review: Hit Man

We’re introduced to Gary Johnson (played by co-writer Glen Powell) as a pleasant, pleasurable psychology professor. Not knowing anything about the true story going...

Venice Film Festival Review: The Beast (La Bête)

Co-writer-director Bertrand Bonnello was "freely inspired" by Henry James’s The Beast In The Jungle for his script for The Beast. Its protagonist believes that...

Venice Film Festival Review: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, which takes place almost entirely within a courtroom, has almost no score, but the cast makes up the soundscape. They...

Venice Film Festival Review: The Killer

Like James Wan with Malignant or Michael Bay with Ambulance, David Fincher makes the movie he’s wanted to make his entire career with The...

Venice Film Festival: Aggro Dr1ft

Harmony Korine’s Aggro Dr1ft is a wholly unique experience. The entirely infrared tale of an assassin is visceral, crass, repetitive. Sometimes it feels like...

Venice Film Festival Review: Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person

If The Vourdalak utilized childlike puppetry to supplement its darker, fable-like nature, Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person embraces its childish elements for their...

Venice Film Festival Review: The Vourdalak

Adapted by co-writer Hadrien Bouvier and director Adrien Beau (who also performs as the Vourdalak)  from Aleksei Tolstoy’s story, The Vourdalak follows an obnoxious...

Venice Film Festival Review: City of Wind (SÈR SÈR SALHI)

  Coming of age stories are a dime a dozen. Coming of age stories about a teenager at odds with their essential cultural role in...

Venice Film Festival Review: Life Is Not A Competition But I’m Winning

If history is written by the victors, where does that leave those who were never allowed to be part of the game? Life Is Not...

Venice Film Festival Review: Oceans are the Real Continents

The black-and-white Oceans Are The Real Continents is subtly intoxicating. Its opening is an evolution of motion, starting with a shot of Alex (Alexander...

Venice Film Festival Review: El Conde

You might expect a movie portraying Augusto Pinochet (Jaime Vadell) as a vampire to follow the same narrative beats as a biopic, just with...

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