Sordid Cinema

May 21, 2018
Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Round Up, Analysis, and Top Ten Films

Cannes Film Festival 2018 was fierce, fiery, and feminist, offering up a veritable smorgasbord of international cinema that spoke directly to the world we live in today. Tackling topics as diverse as women’s rights, class anxiety, and racial prejudice, the festival expertly took the temperature of the current moment. Where […]
May 21, 2018

‘Westworld’ Ep.2.05: Meave Goes East in “Akane No Mai”

Westworld, Season 2, Episode 5: “Akane No Mai” Written by Gina Atwater and Dan Dietz Directed by Craig Zobe Airs Sundays at 9pm ET on HBO Westworld, for all its unpredictability, is following a regular structure in season 2. While episodes two and four provided backstory regarding Delos and the foundation […]
May 19, 2018
Deadpool 2

‘Deadpool 2’ Improves on the Original, but Can’t Outrun its Superhero Origins

There’s still room for improvement, but 'Deadpool 2' is a breath of fresh air compared to the increasingly stale superhero films recently foisted upon us.
May 19, 2018

Cannes Film Festival 2018: ‘Asako I & II’ Poorly Ponders the Reality of Love

If only this philosophical rom-com actually knew what it wanted to do with its own premise, then we could’ve been in for a real treat.
May 19, 2018

Cannees Film Festival 2018: ‘The Wild Pear Tree’ Represents a Mastery of Form

The Wild Pear Tree Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan Written by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan, and Akin Aksu 2018/Turkey The Wild Pear Tree is an astonishing achievement, seeming to condense a sprawling coming-of-age novel within the confines of a three-hour movie. Taking one of the simplest premises in literature […]
May 18, 2018

Cannes Film Festival 2018: ‘Capernaum’ is a Wildly Ambitious Yet Controversial Mess

Although containing a powerful debate about bringing children into a world that can't support them, 'Capernaum' also comes off as manipulative and inauthentic. Except for that cute baby.
May 18, 2018

Cannes Film Festival 2018: ‘Knife + Heart’ Does Absolutely Nothing With Its Unique Premise

The real mystery 'Knife + Heart' poses is who bribed who to get it in competition.
May 17, 2018

Cannes Film Festival 2018: ‘The Gentle Indifference of the World’ Gently Embraces the Absurdity of Life

Adilkhan Yerzhanov's latest film may ironically force most viewers into a state of indifference — perhaps fulfilling the aim of the film, but hardly making for great cinema.
May 17, 2018

Cannes Film Festival 2018: All Men are Dogs in Matteo Garrone’s ‘Dogman’

Are men really just the same as dogs, where only the strongest survive?
May 17, 2018

Cinema’s Ultimate Jerks #17: Duncan Malloy (Con Air)

Since this week we're talking about Duncan Malloy, this is your spoiler warning for the 1997 movie, Con Air.