Michael Nordine

Film

A Brief History of Actual Sex in Movies

From pud-pulling in a French prison to mother-son BJs in suburban Maryland, here's an overview of unsimulated sex acts on the silver screen.
Michael Nordine
11.2.15
Stuff

Betty Draper Will Soon Be Set Free

It turns out that the much-maligned housewife is one of the most complete characters on "Mad Men."
Michael Nordine
5.17.15
Film

Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' Is Much Better Than Critics Deem

Disregard the the scathing reviews and the boos it received at Cannes, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut is a great, dreamy film that captures the American nightmare that is the Great Recession.
Michael Nordine
4.9.15
Film

Taiwanese Auteur Tsai Ming-liang's Ode to Adolescence, 'Rebels of the Neon God,' Comes to US Theaters

Finally receiving a proper theatrical release in the US 23 years after it was made, <em>Rebels of the Neon God</em> is a fitting introduction to Tsai's singular style and a haunting work.
Michael Nordine
4.3.15
Film

'Jauja' Is a Mystical South American Western

The film's plot is as sparse as the landscape it portrays, with both containing a great deal of overwhelming beauty.
Michael Nordine
3.26.15
Film

Jessica Hausner's 'Amour fou' Is a Romantic Comedy About a Suicide Pact

It's an oddball film that creates an immersive rhythm that, once established, is easy to get lost in.
Michael Nordine
3.16.15
Film

'It Follows' Is the Best Horror Film in Years

David Robert Mitchell's evocative throwback centers around a monster that resembles a sexually transmitted disease.
Michael Nordine
3.4.15
Film

Indie Films 'Wild Canaries' and 'Young Bodies Heal Quickly' Explore the Different Sides of Violence

The two new films both use murder as a backdrop, but one goes for laughs and the other creates a darker mood.
Michael Nordine
2.27.15
Film

'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus' Is Spike Lee at His Craziest, and It's Worth Seeing

The legendary director's first crowdfunded film is a freewheeling vampire flick with lots of sex and violence.
Michael Nordine
2.9.15
Film

'Hard to Be a God' Is Director Aleksei German's Nihilistic Swansong

Words can't do justice to the repugnant milieu of German's adaptation of the Soviet sci-fi classic <i>Hard to Be a God</i>. It's filled with disease, blood, shit, and endless fighting, serving as a dark reflection of humanity's base proclivities.
Michael Nordine
1.30.15
Film

There's More to 'The Duke of Burgundy' Than Lesbians Pissing on Each Other

Peter Strickland's latest film is an insightful, layered look at relationships that contains a few conversation-starting scenes.
Michael Nordine
1.27.15
Film

Rick Alverson's New Sundance Movie 'Entertainment' Explores the End of the American West

The director's latest movie is a haunting deconstruction of a small-time performer's psyche as he travels across the desolate Mojave Desert.
Michael Nordine
1.24.15
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