“I Can Quit Whenever I Want” (2014): An Italian Neon Drug Trip (Review)

“I Can Quit Whenever I Want” (2014): An Italian Neon Drug Trip (Review)

I Can Quit Whenever I Want (or Smetto quandary voglio), by first time director Sydney Sibilia, is the rather funny tale of a neurobiologist who can’t get…

“Before the Last Curtain Falls” (2014): Life is a cabaret ol’ chum so come to the Cabaret (Review)

“Before the Last Curtain Falls” (2014): Life is a cabaret ol’ chum so come to the Cabaret (Review)

Before the Last Curtain Falls (or Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt) is a film that documents the final show of renowned Belgian cabaret Gardenia, a…

RIFF “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” (2014): Swedish Nihilism (Review)

RIFF “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” (2014): Swedish Nihilism (Review)

Swedish director Roy Andersson has had a long and fruitful career as a filmmaker, he’s 71 years old and has been working in the biz…

RIFF “The Culture High” (2014): A Fun Bit of Weed Propaganda (Review)

RIFF “The Culture High” (2014): A Fun Bit of Weed Propaganda (Review)

The debate about the legalization of marijuana is a difficult subject which many people are not willing to touch in public with a ten-foot pole. It’s…

RIFF: “The Babadook” (2014): Slow and Steady Scares You Most (Review)

RIFF: “The Babadook” (2014): Slow and Steady Scares You Most (Review)

The loss of a loved one and the grief that comes there after can be difficult for a lot of people, some can get over…

RIFF: “Force Majeure” (2014): One Awkward Vacation (Review)

RIFF: “Force Majeure” (2014): One Awkward Vacation (Review)

Like director Ruben Östlund’s previous film, Play, Force Majeure (Turist) is not an easy film to watch (though still not nearly as uncomfortable) and open to…

RIFF: “Ludo” (2014): A Cautionary Tale (Review)

RIFF: “Ludo” (2014): A Cautionary Tale (Review)

Ludo, named after the board game, is interesting for exactly one reason: It’s the first wholly self-produced, feature-length film from the Faroe Islands. That’s it, the…

RIFF: “Love Hotel” (2014): Weird and Cute (Review)

RIFF: “Love Hotel” (2014): Weird and Cute (Review)

The love hotel is one of those “Only in Japan” phenomenons (though there are actually love hotels all over Asia, but it started in Japan),…

RIFF: “Art and Craft” (2014): The Art of Deception (Review)

RIFF: “Art and Craft” (2014): The Art of Deception (Review)

Art and Craft tells the story a man named Mark Landis. Landis is a very peculiar man, a diagnosed schizophrenic who live alone in his…

RIFF 2014 Has Begun!

RIFF 2014 Has Begun!

For the eleventh year running the Reykjavik International Film Festival, or RIFF, has kicked off once again, signalling the arrival of the Icelandic fall with…