There’s a glorious tension in Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, the thick paint holding each of the artist’s gestures like an insect in amber, and the long-hardened material still appearing to shiver and pulse. Animators Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman free that contained movement.
Emanuele Della Valle’s choppy feature debut has the visual markers of noir, using the autumnal gloom of desolate coastal communities south of Atlantic City to express the isolation and bone-deep sadness of his characters.
The eerie dislocation in Spanish thriller Marshland (La Isla Mínima) begins with the credits, where aerial shots of the Guadalquivir River snaking through southern Andalusia look like dyed cross-sections of human brain. It continues as two police investigators from Madrid arrive in a rural town
In a sleepy Texas town, where daily life is as routine as the steps of a country line dance, writer/director Alex R. Johnson begins his deft neo-noir Two Step with some unexpected encounters.
With Blood Simple and Fargo, the Coen brothers so effectively staked their claim on the rural noir that it’s difficult not to think of them when the small-town con in Cut Bank starts to go bad. In his first feature, Matt Shakman (who directed episodes