Story Archives — David Vendrell
Sex and Violence: ingredients of storytelling
Cinema’s use of sex and violence reveals deeper truths about human longing.
A Shallow Well
Russell Crowe’s directorial debut provides adequate entertainment, but disappoints with a disjointed narrative that fails to shed any new light on the horrors of Gallipoli’s context.
Selfishness in the Snapchat age
Noah Baumbach’s latest New York critique takes aim at Brooklyn hipsterdom and the meaning of authenticity with wit and style.
“Ex Machina” shines in exploring the art and technology of awareness with a damsel-in-distress who blurs the line between woman and machine.
Lost in the crowd
“Insurgent” fails to break away from the pack, phoning in mediocre and unconvincing dystopia.
Wild tales of killer karma
Brutally hilarious and uncomfortably compelling, the Argentine movie “Wild Tales” shines as an exploration of karma and the primal nature of mankind.
Will Butler loosens up and gets down with solo-debut
“Policy” is a mixed bag that shows promise in its more rock-based moments.