How is “Call me by your name” a masterpiece? Let me count the ways

The best in arthouse fare in 2018, so far
Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer
Directed by Luca Guadagnino

More than thirty years after his first Oscar nomination, James Ivory has finally been honored with his first win at the Oscars on Sunday, that of Best Adapted Screenplay, for "Call Me by Your Name." In his acceptance speech, Ivory called the film, about first love, “a story familiar to most of us, whether we’re straight or gay or somewhere in between.”  [James Ivory previously got nominations for ... more >

City of your Final Destination

The new balance of power
Anthony Hopkins and Charlotte Gainsbourg
Directed by James Ivory

James Ivory’s latest film harkens back to Merchant-Ivory’s greatest triumphs, particularly A Room With A View (1985). But instead of a sheltered ingénue, City tells the story of a restless young academic, Omar, who is forced to question his own feelings towards his career, his relationship, and ultimately his view of the world. If this sounds like a heavy-handed premise, don’t despair; City’s tone ... more >