Π (Darren Aronofsky, 1997)

I regret to say that I can find no way here to italicize the pi-sign (∏). Apologies. With its pretentious air, overwrought images, choppiness and tedious story, ∏ (Pi) is a terrible film. For all its blatantly contrived agitation, ∏ might be subtitled Hand-Held Camera Runs Amok; this refugee from TV’s Twilight Zone, this Tale […]

(LOVE IS) COLDER THAN DEATH (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s first feature, (Liebe ist) kälter als der Tod, based on his own play, coolly busts apart the seams of the generic label “gangster film.” One notes the absence of blood despite many killings. In thirties Hollywood films this absence indicated a degree of social responsibility and restraint. With Fassbinder, however, it is […]