Melissa Anderson

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  • 1 year ago | Film Reviews

    A euphoric swirl of sherbet colors, Jacques Demy's Hollywood-musical homage The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) elevates even the most mundane actions to the spectacular: Simply crossing the street occasions an ecstatic choreography of cartwheelin...

  • For more than two decades, Alain Guiraudie has been unrivaled in depicting desires that upend convention, whether homo or hetero. Guiraudie's most sexually explicit and narratively taut work, Stranger by the Lake — which won the Best...

  • 2 years ago | Film Reviews

    Private dramas unfold against the backdrop of broader historical terrors in Sally Potter's absorbing coming-of-age drama Ginger & Rosa, set in London in 1962 as fears of nuclear war loom. For Ginger (Elle Fanning), the more central of the two epon...

  • 2 years ago | Film Reviews

    If Side Effects, an immensely pleasurable thriller centering around psychotropic drugs, really is Steven Soderbergh's final big-screen film, as the director claims it will be, then he has peaked in the Valley of the Dolls. Scripted by Scott Z. Bur...

  • 2 years ago | Film Reviews

    A chiller about two abandoned little girls and their bond to the wraith of the title, Mama never delivers the primal terror its premise would suggest. Instead, the movie — the first feature by Andy Muschietti, who co-scripted with his siblin...

  • 3 years ago | Film and TV

    Most of the blathering this year about the death of film and film culture has already evaporated from the mind, like so much inert gas. But one gnomic pronouncement endures: Leos Carax describing cinema as "a beautiful island with a cemetery" foll...