Chaos Reigns

I understand that the following material doesn’t exactly qualify as film criticism, but to be perfectly honest, the first month of sophomore year has severely diminished my ability to consistently post reviews. So consider this post a memoir of my cinematic experiences since arriving at Virginia Tech in late August. And expect a resurrection from blog neglect sometime soon!


Lawless (2012)     ★★★ 1/2

Directed by John Hillcoat (The Weinstein Company)

I’m no artist. But in this case, my lack of talent will have to suffice for the lack of a proper review. To be brief, this cast is worthy of the admission price. Although this is surely Lawless‘s most defining feature, the cinematography by Benoit Delhomme captures gorgeous footage of what we are led to believe is Franklin County, aided by John Hillcoat’s confident direction. Yet the film arguably fails in its quest to reach Godfather status, an awkward narrative preventing the movie from capitalizing on the dramatic weight characteristic of the great gangster films. It attempts to have a uniting principle, but this theming is ultimately weaker than the pleasure derived from incredible performances and bleak sequences of Prohibition-era carnage. Good thing it’s also a lot fun.



Detropia (2012)

Directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (Loki Films)

From the documentary team that directed the Acadamy Award-nominated Jesus Camp, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Detropia focuses on the deterioration of Detroit through free-form, non-fiction narrative. Our Department of Theatre & Cinema was fortunate enough to host Grady for a screening of her film, which unfortunately, I was unable to attend (considering that I had two exams the following day, this wasn’t the ideal evening for such an awesome event). However, Grady did speak to my History of Drama & Theatre class earlier in the day, a high point being her discussion of the film’s opening sequence. My words of praise can’t possibly do it justice. So if you find yourself in a position where seeing Detropia is a viable option, DO IT. I’ll live vicariously through you, and we’ll both end up happy.

Check out the trailer…

DETROPIA Trailer from Loki Films on Vimeo.