Articles by Devan Suber
Nov. 17, 2017
Gerwig’s newest film ‘Lady Bird’ exudes warmth, emotion
There’s a scene somewhere towards the middle of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” that perfectly encapsulates the entire film. In it, 17-year-old Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) has just had her first kiss with a boy she’s crushing on, Danny (played by “Manchester by the Sea’s” Lucas Hedges). The very next scene is a wide shot as she runs down the street in the middle of the night, out of breath, and pauses to let out a scream of joy, all captured through an unmoving camera.
Nov. 10, 2017
Fever Ray drops ambitious new record, ‘Plunge’
Since the beginning of her time as one half of electronic duo The Knife, Karin Dreijer has always had a flair for the theatrical. She and her brother Olof posed in what looked like monkey masks for 2003’s “Deep Cuts,” changing to Venetian masks for 2006’s “Silent Shout” and completing their final shift with long hair totally obscuring their genders for 2013’s “Shaking the Habitual.”
Nov. 3, 2017
Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ exceeds expectations
Sean Baker’s 2015 film “Tangerine” gained attention at Sundance primarily for the way it was filmed: using two iPhone 5S phones with additional lenses. A neat gimmick, but it had a tendency to cover up how delightfully wild and sweet it could be, telling the story of two transgender prostitutes tearing their way through Los Angeles on Christmas Eve, one looking for revenge.
Sep. 29, 2017
Darren Aronofsky breaks boundaries with ‘Mother!’
Movies like “Mother!” are not allowed to exist. The studio system is in place precisely to keep movies this crazed, this passionate, this bold from reaching the masses. That’s what the art house is for. So how in God’s name did Darren Aronofsky get Paramount to greenlight his grand creation? Less a horror film and more an abridgment of the Bible — both Old Testament and New — into two hours of nightmarish allegory, “Mother!” is an incredible work of art sure to generate passion amongst all viewers. You can love it, you can hate it, but one thing is for sure: you most definitely will not be bored.
Aug. 11, 2017
‘Detroit’ too shallow, struggles to make lasting statement
The most dispiriting thing about “Detroit” is how it reminds us of how things haven’t changed, even in the years of Black Lives Matter. Directors Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal’s third collaboration together (after “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty”) is as sickening and well directed as expected. But this time, there’s a sense of pointlessness that permeates throughout the whole thing: what does this film have to say about police brutality and racism that we don’t already know?
Jul. 14, 2017
‘A Ghost Story’ offers fresh take on horror genre
“A Ghost Story” starts off like you’d expect any haunted house movie: with a couple (Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara), alone in a suburban farm house, suddenly awoken by a loud noise they can’t seem to explain.
Jun. 9, 2017
‘It Comes At Night’ creeps into top tier horror status
Judging by his last film (2016’s “Krisha”) it wasn’t much of a stretch for Trey Edward Shults to make a horror movie next. While ostensibly about a former addict returning home for one tumultuous Thanksgiving, the unsettling score and swooping, tight camera moves gave it the feeling of a tense horror movie. Even more surprising was how well he managed that tension using his own house, family members (most notably his aunt, Krisha Fairchild), and even himself.
Jun. 2, 2017
Book to silver screen: ‘American Gods’ TV adaptation succeeds
Adapting a beloved novel is always a tough proposition, especially when the author in question has a devoted following.
May. 19, 2017
Ansari sticks landing with ‘Masters of None’ Season Two
The rise of streaming services have provided a wealth of new shows that bring new viewpoints and ideas to the table. Netflix has been a blessing, providing shows as varied as depressed horse comedy “Bojack Horseman” to the women’s prison show “Orange Is The New Black.” But the most subtly ambitious of these was revealed to be Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” its second season finally dropping May 12 after its 2015 premier.
Apr. 28, 2017
Role-playing video game ‘Persona 5’ displays superior visuals
It’s here: the ultimate game for the PlayStation 3 and 4, the one all other role-playing games must aspire to be. “Persona 5” is big, it’s sprawling, it’s glorious and it’s as close to a masterpiece as any game I’ve ever played.