Ida – Film Review

Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013, Poland) Pawel Pawlikowski’s exquisite masterwork Ida belongs within an entirely unique category of film. Its thoughtful ambiguity, its restraint and detached yet careful observation makes easy comparisons with the great cinematic auteurs of the 1960s. Even its undemonstrative black and white cinematography with its delicate palette of grays adds to this […]

Only Lovers Left Alive – Film Review

Only Lovers Left Alive  (Jim Jarmusch, 2014, United States) Vampire movies may be somewhat difficult for eucharistically-minded Catholics to stomach. As some scholars and critics have observed, these films evoke the notion of Christ’s eternal life-giving precious blood and reduce it to an earthbound “bloodsucking” that extends life through murder and violence.1 The holy is […]