Sound of Metal: Horror and Salvation

***Spoiler Warning*** Destiny, meaning, love, and lingering loss are the essential elements of drama. Known to us since Sophocles and Shakespeare, we judge literature, art, and cinema by these metrics. Sound of Metal- an Amazon original directed by Darius Marder, starring Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, and Paul Raci- has […]

Freaky – Review: Body-Swap Slasher with a Message

Conventional wisdom is boring. In every election year it is always gravely intoned that elections boil down to turnout, and if that obvious fact is true it is equally so that casting can make-or-break films. Facts are stubbornly resistant to the human desire for novelty and adages grow […]

Tenet – Review: A Return to the Spectacular

Christopher Nolan is obsessed with time, with humanity’s attempts to master it, and how simple shifts in perspective can subvert the very fabric of reality. In Tenet, Nolan attempts to achieve the near-impossible – create a smart, stylish spy film with a fantastical premise and naturalistic storytelling. He mostly […]

Sundance Review – His House

Director: Remi Weekes Starring: Wunmi Mosaku, Sope Dirisu and Matt Smith Cinematographer: Jo Willems The refugee crisis is an ongoing concern for millions of lives around the world. Asylum seekers are not only aiming to escape from dangerous conditions and/or difficulties. But if fortunate enough to reach a […]

Sundance Review – Four Good Days

Director: Rodrigo Garcia Starring: Glenn Close and Mila Kunis Cinematographer: Igor Jadue-Lillo Minor spoilers included. Addiction is a disease that affects many people and families around the world. And when it comes to depicting this onscreen, Hollywood has had its fair share of capturing the devastation that comes […]

Sundance Review – Bad Hair is a Good Pretender

Director: Justin Simien Starring: Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, Lena Waithe, etc. Cinematographer: Topher Osborn Justin Simien is back with his satire flair to blend horror and comedy as a means to tackle and examine “bad hair” and the roots of all its evil. The writer-director, most notably recognized […]

Slamdance Review – Film About a Father Who: A Complicated Legacy

Director: Lynne Sachs Editor: Rebecca Shapass Composer:  Stephen Vitiello Film About a Father Who is visionary filmmaker Lynne Sachs’ method of processing her father’s complicated legacy. The opening of the film — a comb pulled gently through the mass of Ira Sachs’ hair by disembodied fingers — subtly […]

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