The Moral Perplexities of Two Women In Love in Todd Haynes’ “Carol”

When “Carol” premiered, the film received a 10-minute standing ovation at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The motion picture based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel titled “The Price of Salt” was shot on Super 16 millimeter film. Todd Haynes, the director and Phyllis Nagy who wrote a screenplay, wanted “Carol” to look and have an atmosphere of the late 1940s/early 1950s. Both did such an outstanding job. Continue reading The Moral Perplexities of Two Women In Love in Todd Haynes’ “Carol”

Review: The Farewell

It takes true talent to create a film that is both incredibly specific to one culture and somehow universal to all audiences. Luckily, Lulu Wang has this talent as she amply proves in “The Farewell” (2019). Wang wrote and directed this endearing film based partially on her own life and family. It originated as a radio story, “What You Don’t Know,” that was part of an episode of “This American Life.” This year, it came to the big screen and is sure to remain one of the most important films to come out of 2019. Continue reading Review: The Farewell

Review: God of Molenbeek (Aatos ja Amine)

“Gods of Molenbeek” (Aatos ja Amine) is a child’s-eye view documentary from director Reetta Huhtanen about growing up against a backdrop of Islamophobia and terrorism, exploring spiritual beliefs and death. 6-year old Aatos has a deep curiosity about gods, death, myths, and spiritual beliefs. His friend Amine is Muslim and lives just downstairs. Together they listen to spiders dress up as zombies and take imaginary carpet rides. Continue reading Review: God of Molenbeek (Aatos ja Amine)