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Film, "We Need To Talk About Kevin": Haphazardly Deconstructs a Tragedy

"We Need To Talk About Kevin": Haphazardly Deconstructs a Tragedy

In Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, Tilda Swinton lives out an urban bohemian's worst nightmare. Forced to give up her independence (and downtown loft) when a reckless night results in an accidental pregnancy, free-spirit Eva becomes an…
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Film, <i>Fish Tank</i>: Fifteen and pissed

Fish Tank: Fifteen and pissed

Katie Jarvis, who makes her acting debut as a rabid teenager in writer-director Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, was discovered on an English railway station platform, yelling at her boyfriend. Whether Jarvis is a natural-born actress or is simply playing herself…
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Film, After the Fall

After the Fall

Those seeking a spiritual counterpart to the yin of Lynne Ramsay's masterfully moody Morvern Callar will find their yang in David Mackenzie's exquisitely sorrowful Young Adam. Art-house aficionados may recall that in Ramsay's recent film, a young male writer commits…
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Film, Scot Free

Scot Free

The title Morvern Callar may sound like an Edward Gorey book or a job designation for telephone solicitors, but it's actually a name -- pronounced (roughly) "Mawvin Calla" (like the lily). Although some sources claim that morvern callar is Scots…
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Film, Reel World

Entre Nous

East Bay filmmaker Lauren Himmel's debut feature, Treading Water, played more than 30 festivals around the world, including Mill Valley in 2001 and the S.F. International Lesbian & Gay fest last summer. A naturalistic study of the tensions among a…
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Film, Thistle  Be the Day

Thistle Be the Day

Be not deceived by the Merchant Ivory name attached to Ratcatcher; those in search of repressed emotions among the corseted well-to-do will be in for a nasty shock. For this is a Scottish working-class film, and, like its compatriots The…
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