BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP 12/6

OUT OF THE FURNACE

“The movie has atmosphere to spare, although the characters remain archetypes: the stoic hero, the troubled brother, the morally ambiguous friend, the psychopathic villain, the well-meaning sheriff who can’t go far enough.” – Daniel Kimmel, North Shore MoviesFURNACE

“Cooper seems to like letting scenes play out for a lot longer than they probably should, and presents moldy clichés as if he was just discovering them for the first time.” – Sean Burns, Technology Tell

“You can take the Oscar bait out of the gritty revenge thriller, but you can’t take the gritty revenge thriller out of the Oscar bait.” – Andrew Crump, Go-See-Talk

 

THE PUNK SINGERPUNK SINGER

“Exists as a work that’s simultaneously joyful and tragic, though that contradiction only makes Anderson’s film feel even more transparent and honest.” – Andrew Crump, Go-See-Talk

“Fascinatingly traces the evolution of a woman who once sang, ‘I’m your worst nightmare come to life’ in her youth, was hated at a formative age for all the wrong reasons and now has forged a quiet but committed existence as an ailing revolutionary.” - Inkoo Kang, LA Times

“Just don’t try to tell her that her story or her ideas carry less weight than those of men. She won’t have it.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE

 

beautyTHE GREAT BEAUTY

“If [actor Toni Servillo]’s presence feels similar to Marcello Mastroianni’s in LA DOLCE VITA that’s no mistake. It’s just that LA DOLCE VITA didn’t seem to be grasping at straws.” – David Riedel, Santa Fe Reporter

“A monumental act of hubris made more impressive by being pulled off so splendidly.” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia City Paper

“More than anything, this is a work of self-refinement.” – Andrew Crump, Go-See-Talk

“The film’s slightly heavy length and loose narrative won’t be to everyone’s tastes; but the endless charm, the boundless creativity and Luca Bigazzi’s cinematography are inarguably wondrous.” – Norm Schrager, Meet In The Lobby