Brian Miller

Karoline Herfurth, Florian David Fitz, and Johannes Allmayer in the portable nuthouse.

Vincent Wants to Sea: A German Road Movie for the Haldol Generation

Here's one solution to the high cost of mental-health care: Let the patients steal their shrink's car and go on a road trip! One's OCD,… Continue reading

Karoline Herfurth, Florian David Fitz, and Johannes Allmayer in the portable nuthouse.
Two woodsmen bond after the sauna.

Steam of Life: Sauna Confessions From Finland

When was the last time, in a non-sexual context, that you saw a friend naked? Showering together after high-school sports practice? We prudish Americans are… Continue reading

Two woodsmen bond after the sauna.
A plume of smoke rises from a burn of collected oil that was spilled from BP's Deepwater Horizon wellhead June 17, 2010. Photo © Daniel Beltra for Greenpeace.

The Fussy Eye: Oil and Water

Eco art, courtesy of Deepwater Horizon.

A plume of smoke rises from a burn of collected oil that was spilled from BP's Deepwater Horizon wellhead June 17, 2010. Photo © Daniel Beltra for Greenpeace.
Stuart as Italy's front-page sensation of the '70s.

Angel of Evil: An Italian Gangster With “More Balls Than Brains”

After Carlos and Mesrine, it seems European directors can't get enough of those those bloody '70s, that bell-bottomed era of radical/gangster chic. Italian director Michele… Continue reading

Stuart as Italy's front-page sensation of the '70s.
The Fussy Eye: Hooves and Branches
The Fussy Eye: Hooves and Branches
Who's the better Roger Moore? Coogan (left) or Brydon?

The Trip: Steve Coogan on a Quest to Eat

Director Michael Winterbottom had so much fun making the 2005 Tristram Shandy with comic stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon that he signed up to… Continue reading

Who's the better Roger Moore? Coogan (left) or Brydon?

Visiting town during the first week of SIFF with Beginners, which opens

Visiting town during the first week of SIFF with Beginners, which opens today at the Harvard Exit, writer/director Mike Mills and his star, Ewan McGregor,… Continue reading

Not to be confused with the Jesse Eisenberg-as-Hasidic-Jewish-drug-dealer Holy Rollers from SIFF

Not to be confused with the Jesse Eisenberg-as-Hasidic-Jewish-drug-dealer Holy Rollers from SIFF last year (though both involve conflicts of faith), this world-premiere documentary has strong… Continue reading

When will the Spanish Civil War end? World War II, we’ll grant

When will the Spanish Civil War end? World War II, we'll grant you a few more years and movies. But Franco and fascism? Basta! A… Continue reading

“I really dislike music,” says a cop ironically named Amadeus, and this

"I really dislike music," says a cop ironically named Amadeus, and this ingenious Swedish comedy soon makes it clear why. His younger brother is a… Continue reading

Background: Hammering Man, hammering. Foreground: Adam Firestone, getting hammered.

Seattle’s Best Art for Out-of-Towners

How to make the accessible enjoyable for your guests.

Background: Hammering Man, hammering. Foreground: Adam Firestone, getting hammered.

Self-consciously striving to avoid every Bollywood trope and trace of Satyajit Ray,

Self-consciously striving to avoid every Bollywood trope and trace of Satyajit Ray, this Indian slum fantasia owes more to American gutter-punk tradition. You could call… Continue reading

The Fussy Eye: Drop by Drop
The Fussy Eye: Drop by Drop
They take a hike--into horror!

YellowBrickRoad: A New Hampshire Hike Into Horror

Eight people venture into the remote woods of northern New Hampshire. Care to guess how many get out alive? This indie horror flick by Andy… Continue reading

They take a hike--into horror!

In the age of Inside Job and The Big Short, you’d hardly

In the age of Inside Job and The Big Short, you'd hardly expect to see a sympathetic portrayal of unfettered capitalism, but that's exactly what… Continue reading

Proceeding by dream logic across the Spanish countryside on an old pilgrimage

Proceeding by dream logic across the Spanish countryside on an old pilgrimage route, Finisterrae features two ghosts--figures wearing white bed sheets with eyeholes--who could be… Continue reading

Romeo and Juliet in contemporary Athens? Not exactly. Director Christos Nikoleris adds

Romeo and Juliet in contemporary Athens? Not exactly. Director Christos Nikoleris adds street racing, MTV cutting, Greek hip-hop, and elements of The Odyssey to his… Continue reading

If you haven’t heard of Canadian artist Emily Carr (1871-1945), this documentary

If you haven't heard of Canadian artist Emily Carr (1871-1945), this documentary is a dull but informative account of a career that had only a… Continue reading

There are film geeks and there are film geeks. The latter will

There are film geeks and there are film geeks. The latter will be more appreciative of this insiders' history of the National Film Registry, guaranteed… Continue reading

SIFFKraut cops chase punk vampires!It’s time to start catching up in our

SIFFKraut cops chase punk vampires!It's time to start catching up in our notes for films playing at SIFF this Memorial Day weekend. First, here's Mark… Continue reading