Beyond Clueless, dir. Charlie Lyne

Beyond Clueless and the 90s Teen Movie

Charlie Lyne’s Beyond Clueless is a veritable catalogue raisonné of what might be called the Second Golden Age of American Teen CInema (the First, of course, being in the 1980s): Clueless, Mean Girls, American Pie, Slap Her She’s French, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and much, much, more. Mr. Lyne, who was born…

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Berlin and Beyond 2015: The Whole Shebang by Doris Dörrie

Doris Dörrie’s sweet and thoughtful film about mothers and daughters (of the female and trans- variety) is part Almodovar’s Volver and part Nana Neul’s Stiller Sommer (which screened at Berlin and Beyond 2014), a meditation on the fragility of human memory, particularly when it comes to relationships. The Whole Shebang (Alles Inklusive) is further infused with…

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Human Capital by Paolo Virzì

While Human Capital has been marketed as a film about greed (both of the material and immaterial things) and the toll it takes on human lives (particularly of the underclass), the film cleverly plays with our sympathies over its course. In the class game, everyone plays and not everyone is innocent. While there are certainly…

Top Five, dir. Chris Rock, image courtesy of IAC Films

Top Five dir. Chris Rock

There is a freshness, immediacy, and honesty to Top Five that makes it a very successful film, both critically and commercially. Chris Rock, as writer/director/producer, takes a classic story about artistic redemption and adds generous doses of insight, humor, and plain good timing. I can’t remember the last time I was belly-ache laughing in a…