John Hillcoat, the Australian director behind The Proposition and The Road, has proven quite adept at dark, violent thrillers stuffed to the gills with gritty and bloody anti-heroes, but with Triple 9
it feels like he’s hit the mother lode.
Last week, I joined the legion of readers descending, en masse, upon bookstores and Amazon for a chance to delve into New York Times film critic A. O. Scott’s Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.
The Lenten season kicks off with this Kevin Reynolds
interpretation of the story of Jesus Christ and the Resurrection as
told from the perspective of a Roman non-believer named Clavius (Joseph
Writer-director Robert Eggers has previously operated in the realm of horror shorts (Hansel and Gretel and The Tell-Tale Heart), but his leap to the narrative-feature format is assisted by a sure command and wielding of historic record.
Race documents the
powerful legacy of the accomplishments of Jesse Owens, the black Olympic
athlete (and Ohio native) who challenged the notion of Aryan supremacy
espoused by Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games.