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Downhill (2020) Movie Review

“Force majeure” refers to unforeseen acts that can prevent the fulfillment of a legal contract. In the case of Ruben Östlund’s 2014 film of that name, it refers to the unpredictable behavior of a man—a husband, a father—in the face of unexpected danger that could threaten to completely overturn his marriage and his own perception of himself. In Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s 2020 film Downhill, the title is a pun on downhill skiing and a marriage on the decline.

Downhill is “inspired,” as the credits tell us, by Force Majeure, and it takes what is a Continue reading Downhill (2020) Movie Review

Surprises from the 2015 Academy Award Nominations

Earlier this month, the Academy announced their nominations for their annual Oscar ceremony. As always, there are obvious snubs and other surprises. Here are a few that stood out to me. Continue reading Surprises from the 2015 Academy Award Nominations

(Some of) My Favorite Films of 2014

At the time I am writing this, my watchlist of movies from last year that I still haven’t seen but want to stands at a bold 21.This list includes documentaries such as Life Itself and Citizenfour, as well as foreign language films like Leviathan and Deux Jours, une Nuit (2 Days, One Night), and wide-release features like Continue reading (Some of) My Favorite Films of 2014