Archives for August 2016

Archetypes: Television: Review: ‘The Night Of,’ the Feet and Neptune (2016)

Feet often slip. They and whatever coverings shield them don’t always take people where they want to go. Typically because the wearer doesn’t have a good sense of the direction in which they’re headed. This pretty much describes the eight-part drama “The Night Of” –  it could easily have been called “Feets, Don’t Fail Me […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’ (2016)

Typically the hallmarks of romantic cinema, Mars and Venus get a different sort of work out in Don’t Breathe, a nimble horror film about a burglary gone very wrong. Co-written and directed by Fede Alvarez, the movie gets to the basics quickly. Three young adults – Rocky (Jane Levy), her hot-headed boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto) […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Mia Madre’ (2016)

The fine line between balancing one’s family and professional life cuts a deep groove in Mia Madre (My Mother), an incisive dramedy co-written and directed by Nanni Moretti. Margherita (Margherita Buy) is an earnest but nit-picking middle-aged movie director who has turned into a frustrated caregiver on set. Her charge is Italophile actor Barry Huggins […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Sausage Party’ (2016)

“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport.” That spirit-leveling Shakespearean tidbit, delivered by Gloucester in “King Lear,” gets a radical makeover in, of all places, a maniacally existential, animated, supermarket dramedy. Yes, in Sausage Party the same sentiment is explosively rendered by a desperate jar of […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Hell or High Water’ (2016)

When a guy who hasn’t exactly been the best “older brother” wants to make amends, the bounty can be both huge and illegal. In Hell or High Water, a taut, muscular little movie directed by David Mackenzie, jailbird Tanner (Ben Foster) wasn’t around much to help his kid bro Toby (Chris Pine). When she died, […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘The Little Prince’ (2016)

Finding one’s way back home is one of storytelling’s most popular themes, especially when a character, like the Little Prince, travels through galaxies to re-root physically, emotionally and spiritually. The Little Prince, the animated movie, directed by Mark Osborne and based on the 1943 for-children-of-all-ages classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, uses a modern framework to […]

Archetypes: Film: Review: ‘Little Men’ (2016)

Two 13-year-old boys become pawns in a much larger family scenario involving homes, livelihood and money in Little Men, a film about gentrification of neighborhoods and human spirits. Co-written and directed by Ira Sachs, the movie quickly sets up a seemingly insoluble issue. Through his father’s death, Manhattan resident Brian Jardine (Greg Kinnear) has inherited […]