Enduring Love

balloonThe red balloon from Enduring Love (Image courtesy of Paramount Classics)

One of this autumn’s most worthwhile films, the British drama Enduring Love, has received such an unfair and uninformed drubbing from the American press that the movie isn’t reaching the audience it deserves. Meanwhile—if you’ll forgive a digression—those same reviewers have showered accolades on the inept, incompetent, badly written drivel known as Kinsey, assuring by the tweaked volume of their praise that Bill Condon’s joke of a film will be regarded seriously in the public eye. Continue reading Enduring Love

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Open Water

Babes in Sharkland: Daniel Travis and Blanchard Ryan take to Open Water (Lionsgate)

Open Water, a new thriller written, directed, and edited by Chris Kentis, engagingly combines domestic strife with shark attacks.

The movie isn’t perfect. The basic premise I found implausible, be as it may inspired by an actual occurrence; the production values and the acting are occasionally amateurish. Yet for these shortcomings, Open Water is consistently well observed. From vivid nature shots to the use of an ocean as a physical presence, the camera work of Kentis and Laura Lau (she photographed the on-land scenes; he filmed the underwater sequences) suggests an assured design that nonetheless supports the movie’s seeming improvisational quirkiness.

More than this, however, Kentis and Lau (who are married to each other) capture the bantering and bickering of a young couple in ways that (mostly) feel authentic. Continue reading Open Water