“Man versus nature” is one of the classic types of literary conflict. It has existed as a concept for as long as man has. The earliest humans had to battle nature just to survive. Perhaps that is why it has persisted as device in our stories – long before we could fight each other, we had to fight the world itself. In director John Curran’s latest film, Tracks, Mia Wasikowska plays a woman whose disillusionment with society has driven straight into the arms of humanity’s first great enemy.
With June over we are officially halfway through the year, months-wise at least. And since no one demanded it – here it is: my list of the best movies of 2014 so far.
April 2014 is turning out to be a pretty great time for limited release films. Last week’s Under the Skin is currently my favorite movie of the year, Joe is a strong film from some very talented artists, and now Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive, looks to make a splash in the waters of quality pictures. The movie, starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as a pair of vampires in a very long-term relationship, stands alongside its April brethren as a solid piece of cinema.