Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (Zhong Kui fu mo: Xue yao mo ling, 2015)

This is a big budget Chinese fantasy shot in 3D and heavily mediated with computer graphics. It’s practically an animated movie, and long sections of it are purely CG. The protagonist, Zhong Kui, is apparently a famous demon-slayer in Chinese … Continue reading

Maps to the Stars (2014)

David Cronenberg’s latest film is a strange hybrid beast. It’s a Hollywood satire (or perhaps rude farce) about the vanity, venality, and stupidity of Hollywood stars, agents, hangers-on, and wannabes, but it’s also a heart-rending melodrama about hidden family secrets … Continue reading