Embrace of the Serpent
Contemporary Review / Review

Embrace of the Serpent

by Byron BixlerEvery once in a while, a film manages to capture the ethereal. This elusive, utterly unquantifiable quality is commonly found in the raw earthiness of Werner Herzog films and the dreamily experiential cinema of Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Tropical Malady, Uncle Boonmee who can Recall his Past Lives). It’s also realized with unprecedented … Continue reading

Funny Games (1997)
Review / Throwback Review

Funny Games (1997)

by Justin BertoleroMichael Haneke’s 1997 horror-thriller, Funny Games, focuses its lens on the spectatorship of violence and its role in our culture, all the while sadistically throwing it back into the viewer’s face with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. After viewing the film, one may find themselves wondering just how much violence has saturated our movies and … Continue reading