Archive for January, 2008

“My Life on Ice” – Chris Luedtke

If sound and light had a title, Eraserhead would take the cake. If it had a subtitle, My Life on Ice would fit. My Life on Ice follows high school figure skater Étienne (Jimmy Tavares) as he records a good chunk of his life in a home movies fashion after he receives a video [...]

“Koma” – A.J. Hakari

If the dramatic thriller Koma serves a purpose, it’s to highlight the difference between what’s a plot twist and what’s sheer indecisiveness. On the one hand, you have something like The Sixth Sense, whose unexpected story turns not only made it famous but also kept in line and formed a logical connection with the [...]

Farewell, Critic

I have a sad announcement to make, dear readers. After landing himself a pretty sweet job that’s unfortunately going to eat up a lot of his time, Passport Cinema critic Mathew Plale has been forced to bid the site farewell as a regular contributor. His reviews will still be read on here, however, and he [...]

“The Virgin Spring” – Andrew Guarini

Even for a filmmaker as consistently cynical as Sweden’s pioneer Ingmar Berman, 1960’s The Virgin Spring is a short, poetic composition of comforting serenity in terrifying contrast to most sudden bouts of brutality. It’s a tough story to describe without wrongfully exposing what unfolds in the slowly building, but surely devastating 89 minutes but [...]

“Regular Guys” – Chris Luedtke

In one day policeman Christoph Schwenk (Christoph M. Ohrt) manages to lose just about everything from his fiancée to his car, clothes, apartment and even his sexual identity. After being dumped and thrown into the street, Christoph does what every other person in his situation would do – he goes out and he drinks [...]