Ismael’s Ghosts

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  This latest movie from French auteur Arnaud Desplechin is an indulgent convoluted jumble of an excessive number of conflicting storylines that at times would test the patience of a saint.  It’s art for art’s sake with scant regard for the viewer trying to unravel it and get some semblance of understanding or enjoyment. Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) … Continue reading

Palace of Fun

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  Brit filmmaker Eadward Strong’s directorial feature is produced by his brother David and stars another …. George, who was also the co-writer … in this dark thriller that shows their obsession with old black and white movies that surface a great deal in this movie with its thunderous old-fashioned soundtrack.  It’s the story of … Continue reading


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Despite several very disquieting factors about Chilean filmmaker Fernando Guzzoni’s story about a dysfunctional father/son relationship, the drama does nevertheless make for compelling viewing.   For most of the week 18 year old Jesús (Nicolás Durán) is left alone to his own devices in Santiago whilst his father (Alejandro Goic ) is away working, and rather than go to school or … Continue reading

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