Rogue Sequel: In Defence of John Woo’s ‘Mission: Impossible II’

“Fully asserting the series reboot mantra, M:I II eschews the original’s ethos in favour of half a Hitchcock riff (a lot of Notorious, with a pinch of To Catch a Thief) and half traditional, near self-parodic Woo bombast.”

Vaguebande: Three Steps to Figueres

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Back to the Beginning: John Cassavetes’ ‘Shadows’ (1959)

The Fifth and Final Installment of “Tightrope Cinema: John Cassavetes’ Highwire World” by Phuong Le

We Failed This Film: Lana and Andy Wachowski’s ‘Speed Racer’

A Series by Dylan Moses Griffin

Inside the Minds of Murderers: Hannibal ‘The Great Red Dragon’ (Recap)

“The sound of Hannibal has always been one of its strongest elements, thanks in large part to Brian Reitzell’s terrifying score, and the auditory depiction of Dolarhyde’s plight is no exception.”

Blue Balls in Your Heart: True Detective ‘Church in Ruins’ (A Vague Visages Staff Precap)

A Conversation Between Vague Visages’ Q.V. Hough, Dylan Moses Griffin and Max Bledstein

His Blazing Automatics: The Cinematic Connection of Chan-wook Park’s ‘Oldboy’ and Kihachi Okamoto’s ‘The Sword of Doom’

A Column by Dylan Moses Griffin

Mamma Roma Movie Essay - 1962 Pier Paolo Pasolini Film

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Mamma Roma’ (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1962)

“Pasolini suggests in ‘Mamma Roma’ that the spiritual beauty of humanity often emerges from vulgarity and contradiction.”

Gaslighting and Moral Blindness in Christian Petzold’s ‘Phoenix’

“Phoenix’s devastating final scene pretty much erases a need for the specifics of the moral blindness.”

Review: Jason Banker’s ‘Felt’

“In choosing to cover so much breadth of ground, Felt falls well short of any meaningful examination of the gender issues plaguing American and world culture.”

Transplanting Sympathies and Influence: Hannibal ‘Digestivo’ (Recap)

“Digestivo” feels almost like a bottle episode due to its concentration on Mason’s Muskrat Farm, and the close quarters are the perfect setting for seeing the characters play off one another.

His Blazing Automatics: What’s Going on at Blumhouse?

A Column by Dylan Moses Griffin

Vivre Sa Vie Movie Essay - 1962 Jean-Luc Godard Film

Film Beat: Cafe Scene from Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Vivre sa vie’

“After my first viewing of ‘Vivre sa vie,’ I closed my laptop, went out and chopped my waist-length mane to a bob. Movies have always had that mysterious power of making me feel as if I have lived all the lives I see on-screen.”

Tabu Movie Essay - 2012 Miguel Gomes Film

Of Love and Other Demons: ‘Tabu’ (Miguel Gomes, 2012)

“The strength of ‘Tabu’ lies in how powerfully sex is captured, offering aural and visual textures that inspire sensorial memories.”

Review: Bill Condon’s ‘Mr. Holmes’

“The tender performance of McKellen, as might be expected, is a reliable anchor keeping things afloat; the actor seemingly relishing a major turn free of mutants and wizardry — a fantasy icon on fine form as a man not fond of the fantastic.”

A Vague Visages Colloquy: True Detective ‘Down Will Come’

A Conversation Between Q.V. Hough, Dylan Moses Griffin and Max Bledstein

Transformation, Resurrection and Close-Ups: Hannibal ‘Dolce’ (Recap)

“Perhaps the water from the beginning of the episode points more towards resurrection than forgiveness, and if the rest of the season is as strong as “Dolce,” one can only hope Hannibal’s fate will point in the same way.”

The Dueling Cavalier: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ is the Most Progressive Hollywood Movie in Ages (and It’s a Total Blast!)

A Column by Max Bledstein

The Early Novels of Patrick Modiano: ‘Villa Triste’ (Sad Villa)

The Fifth Installment of Jaime Grijalba’s Series on Patrick Modiano

Review: Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin’s ‘What We Did on Our Holiday’

“A BBC Films production from the minds of Outnumbered, What We Did on Our Holiday often looks and feels like an extended sitcom episode rather than a film.”