Written by Maria Manuella Pache de Athayde 50/100 The Big Scary “S” Word, is Yael Bridge’s first full length documentary feature. This documentary is incredibly timely given Bernie Sanders’ recent promising presidential campaigns, the rising stars in the progressive-wing of the democratic party including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and IIhan Omar, Amazon’s recent union busting … Continue reading Hot Docs 2021 Review: The Big Scary “S” Word →
Interview by Anna Harrison Summary: Amir (Asad Farooqui) is a struggling actor, meddling with lowly, wordless terrorist roles. More importantly, he struggles with his parents not taking his career choice seriously. Amidst the party chaos highlighted by politics, cricket, and community gossip, a revelation brings Amir a new challenge—just making it through the day. Congratulations played … Continue reading Atlanta Film Festival 2021 Interview: Director Asad Farooqui Talks ‘Congratulations’ →
Written by Maria Manuella Pache de Athayde 50/100 What is an information terrorist? The Face of Anonymous (2020) directed by Gary Lang provided an inside look into the work of cyber-activism through the eyes of Anonymous hacktivist Christopher Mark Doyon also known as Commander X. Christopher appears to resent the information terrorist moniker and instead … Continue reading Hot Docs 2021 Review: The Face of Anonymous →
Written by Anna Harrison 70/100 So often, stories about transgender individuals in media are riddled with gloom and doom, ending in tragedy; so often, too, these individuals are played by cisgender actors gunning for that Oscar glory. Landlocked eschews these conventions, opting out of overwrought drama and into something gentler and far more affecting. Of … Continue reading Atlanta Film Festival 2021 Review: Landlocked →
Written by Anna Harrison 70/100 Rideshare, written and directed by Charlene Fisk, takes an everyday situation—getting into a rideshare after a night out—and injects an unsettling layer of claustrophobia. Gina (Brittany Wilkerson) is tired, and not really in the mood to talk to driver Mark (Josh Daugherty), but she makes small talk anyway. Already Gina … Continue reading Atlanta Film Festival 2021 Review: Rideshare →
“I selfishly like a lot of first-time directors because they over-prepare, they’re super eager, and there’s very little ego.” Mark Duplass Links: Apple Podcasts | Castbox | Google Podcasts | LibSyn | Spotify | Stitcher | YouTube This week on Drink in the Movies Michael & Taylor discuss their First Impressions of: Oxygen & Every … Continue reading Episode 106: SXSW 2021: Violation / Here Before / Language Lessons →
Written by Anna Harrison 85/100 Limbo is the first film I have seen in theaters in over a year, and the euphoric rush I felt as I walked in and inhaled the smell of popcorn would carry over as I watched the film—though perhaps “euphoric” isn’t quite the word. Limbo follows Syrian refugee Omar (Amir … Continue reading Atlanta Film Festival 2021 Review: Limbo →
Written by Anna Harrison 80/100 Asad Farooqui’s smart and deftly funny short Congratulations (originally called Mabrook, an Arabic word meaning largely the same thing) opens with Amir, played by Farooqui himself, filming a self-tape for a movie, hoping to land the lauded role of… Terrorist Number Two. Amir is a struggling actor, trying to make … Continue reading Atlanta Film Festival 2021 Review: Congratulations →
Written by Taylor Baker 62/100 Often staring into a screen or mirror as they billow out more vapor there is an unsatisfied anger intertwined with a yearning at the heart of primary subjects in this Danish Documentary. Dark Blossom begins with quick cuts of skulls, and people in black running between vibrant flowers up to … Continue reading Hot Docs 2021 Review: Dark Blossom →
Written by Alexander Reams 51/100 I was not a fan of this film. The filmmaking is juvenile, and the story director Hannah Bang is trying to tell is presented poorly and sloppily. Though South Korea’s night time looks gorgeous, and the production design and lighting is great. Other than that, the film was extraordinarily middling. A … Continue reading SXSW 2021 Capsule Review: Soak →
Written by Alexander Reams 65/100 I was very excited to see The Nipple Whisperer due to Denis Lavant being cast in the lead role. He is a fantastic character actor, and just last year at SXSW 2020 I’d seen him in the short film Figurant. Though I didn’t particularly enjoy Figurant Lavant was a delight … Continue reading SXSW 2021 Capsule Review: The Nipple Whisperer →
Written by Anna Harrison 70/100 The Mohel is about a circumcision. James (Daniel Maslany) and his wife, Lola (Kaelen Ohm), have just had a baby, and James wants his son circumcised in a brit milah, a traditional Jewish ceremony that occurs eight days after a baby’s birth. But more than that, The Mohel is about … Continue reading SXSW 2021 Review: The Mohel →
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