Film Festival reviews, interviews, and podcast episodes.
Written by Anna Harrison 70/100 Pan Nalin’s Last Film Show opens with a thank you to people the director has likely never met: the Lumière brothers, Eadweard Muybridge, David Lean, Stanley Kubrick, and Andrei Tarkovsky. Some of these names are familiar to the public at large, some less so, but all giants in the world … Continue reading Tribeca 2021 Film Festival Review: Last Film Show →
Written by Maria Manuella Pache de Athayde 55/100 All My Friends Hate Me is Andrew Gaynord’s directorial feature film debut. It tells the story of Pete (Tom Stourton, who also co-wrote the film) as he reunites with his posh university friends to enjoy a birthday getaway in a fancy country manor. What ensues from this … Continue reading Tribeca 2021 Film Festival Review: All My Friends Hate Me →
Written by Patrick Hao 33/100 In the past month there have been unprecedented heat waves and forest fires in the Pacific Northwest, a fire in the Gulf of Mexico from broken gas pipes(the ocean was on actual FIRE), and melting polar ice caps. With the hubris of humans on Earth causing these climate disasters, the … Continue reading Tribeca 2021 Film Festival Review: Settlers →
Written by Anna Harrison 65/100 Yang Hua (Huang Xuan) has not been having a very good day, or week, or year in Zhao Ziyang’s Wu Hai. Hua has debtors tailing him at every corner after a failed investment into a dinosaur theme park, and his investment into his friend Luo Yu’s (Wang Shaohua) desert resort … Continue reading Tribeca 2021 Film Festival Review: Wu Hai →
Written by Maria Athayde 60/100 Invisible Demons directed by Rahul Jain is an examination of climate change, the free market economy and, its consequences, in India. Jain’s documentary explores this by capturing images of visible particulates in the air that are perforating lungs slowly, breathing tastes where middle aged women break out in coughing fits, … Continue reading Cannes 2021 Film Festival Review: Invisible Demons →
Written by Alexander Reams 92/100 Larry King has and always will be a radio and television legend and a hero of mine. His way of connecting with an audience with his demeanor and tone has always kept me coming back to watching his old interviews, especially the ones with his friend Herb Cohen. I have … Continue reading Tribeca 2021 Film Festival Capsule Review: Larry and Me →
Written by Taylor Baker 90/100 Stevie starts off with Steve James, the director of the film–best known for Hoop Dreams and Prefontaine; framing his guilty conscience of leaving his little brother Stevie(Stephen Fielding) from the “Big Brother” program as he went off the college and it taking 7 years for him to return. It’s roughly … Continue reading AFI Docs 2021 Film Festival Review: Stevie (2002) →
Written by Maria Manuella Pache de Athayde 75/100 Naomi Osaka is a phenom! I have been invested in Naomi’s story since her victory over Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open final. This first episode of a three part documentary series, directed by Garrett Bradley, is even more important after Naomi’s recent forced withdrawal from the … Continue reading AFI Docs 2021 Review: Naomi Osaka: Episode 1 →
Tribeca 2021 Film Festival Interview: Producer Natalie Metzger Talks “Werewolves Within” and “The Beta Test”
Interview by Anna Harrison Natalie Metzger is an award-winning director, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles and known for films such as Werewolves Within and The Beta Test, both of which had their premieres at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. Additionally, she has produced The Wolf of Snow Hollow and Thunder Road, which won … Continue reading Tribeca 2021 Film Festival Interview: Producer Natalie Metzger Talks “Werewolves Within” and “The Beta Test” →
Tribeca 2021 took place Wednesday, June 9th and went until Sunday June 20th. Want to know what we saw or what we each thought the best films were? Reference the Letterboxd Links below! Matthew’s List | Taylor’s List | Thomas’ List Connect with ForReel and Awesome Friday
Written by Maria Manuella Pache de Athayde 60/100 Storm Lake directed by Jerry Risius and Beth Levison is more timely than ever. On the surface, it is a documentary about the struggling local news industry in the United States. But, in reality, it goes much deeper than that. While it explores the rising phenom of … Continue reading AFI Docs 2021 Review: Storm Lake →
Written by Alexander Reams 60/100 Never before has a rock legend been used as a metaphor for gender identity until now. This is the driving force in Bonnie Kathleen Ryan’s Graceland. Led by a familiar face in Anna Camp(Pitch Perfect & True Blood) as a traditional, uptight southern mom who has to come to terms … Continue reading Tribeca 2021 Film Festival Capsule Review: Graceland →
Written by Maria Manuella Pache de Athayde 70/100 LFG directed by Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine tells us the story of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) and their fight for equal pay. As someone who is deeply invested in football (or soccer as Americans call it) this was a must watch for me. … Continue reading Tribeca 2021 Film Festival Review: LFG →
Episode 111: Doc Talk Part 5: Hot Docs 2021 / Audible / Archipelago / A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces
“In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.” Alfred Hitchcock Links: Apple Podcasts | Castbox | Google Podcasts | LibSyn | Spotify | Stitcher | YouTube On Episode 111 of Drink in the Movies Michael & Taylor discuss their First Impressions of: The Witches of the Orient & IWOW: … Continue reading Episode 111: Doc Talk Part 5: Hot Docs 2021 / Audible / Archipelago / A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces →
Written by Maria Manuella Pache de Athayde 60/100 Jackie Collins is one of those people I just wish I knew about sooner. Laura Fairrie’s Lady Boss tells the story of British author Jackie Collins. It’s an inside look into a phenom who, as described in the doc, “created the ethos of the 80s.” What I … Continue reading Tribeca 2021 Film Festival Review: Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story →
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