“The Bright Side” #EIFF21 Review

The Bright Side treads a line between poignant and dramatic, never tipping too far into either side. The result is moving and emotional but laced with hope that no matter your coping tactics, deep human connection will get you through. Continue reading “The Bright Side” #EIFF21 Review

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REVIEW: “CODA”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 1 hour 51 min. Director: Sian Heder Writers: Sian Heder and Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carré de Malberg, Éric Lartigau, and Thomas Bidegain (of “La Famille Bélier”) Cast: Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant, Eugenio Derbez, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, and Amy Forsyth By Valerie Kalfrin Every family has its own language, a shorthand of inside jokes, nicknames, memories, and subtext. For the … Continue reading REVIEW: “CODA”

Fantasia Film Review: Blue Whale

Year: 2021 Runtime:  93 minutes Director: Anna Zaytseva Writer: Anna Zaytseva, Evgeniya Bogomyakova, Olga Klemesheva Cast: Anna Potebnya, Timofey Eletskiy, Ekaterina Stulova, Diana Shulmina, Olga Pipchenko, Polina Vataga, Pavel Yulku, Daniil Kiselev By Harris Dang Set in present Russia, “Blue Whale” (2021) [also known under the title of #Blue_Whale] tells the story of Dana (Anna Potebnya), an unruly, defiant teenage girl who is going through … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: Blue Whale

Fantasia Film Review: The Sadness

Year: 2021 Runtime: 99 minutes Director: Rob Jabbaz Writer: Rob Jabbaz Cast: Berant Zhu, Regina Lei, Wang Tzu-chiang  By Harris Dang Set in modern day Taipei, “The Sadness” (2021) tells the story of Jack (Berant Zhu) and Kat (Regina Lei), a young couple who live together and are in a bit of a standstill in their relationship. He thinks that he should focus on his … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: The Sadness

Fantasia Film Review: Martyrs Lane

Year: 2021 Runtime:  96 minutes Director: Ruth Platt Writer: Ruth Platt Cast: Kiera Thompson, Denise Gough, Sienna Sayer, Hanna Rae By Harris Dang “Martyrs Lane” (2021) tells the story of Leah (Kiera Thompson), a young 10-year-old girl who lives with her family up in a rectory. The family is always active in the day, but there is something off with the sense of normalcy, something … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: Martyrs Lane

Bentonville Film Festival Review: Youth v Gov

Year: 2020 Runtime:  110 minutes Director: Christi Cooper Writer: Christi Cooper, Steven Hoggard (story consultant), Lyman Smith (additional writing by) Climate change continues to become one of the most impactful and daunting issues facing us and the longer we continue to ignore, the harder things will get. We’re past the point of summers and winters being a little harsher, and we’re now seeing much more … Continue reading Bentonville Film Festival Review: Youth v Gov

Fantasia Festival Review: Glasshouse

Year: 2021 Runtime: 94 minutes Director: Kelsey Egan Writer: Emma De Wet, Kelsey Egan Cast: Jessica Alexander, Adrienne Pearce, Hilton Pelser, Anja Taljaard, Brent Vermeulen By Harris Dang Set in the not-too-distant dystopian future, “Glasshouse” (2021) tells the story of a family living in – you guessed it! – a glasshouse. The titular structure is set to protect the family from a toxin known as … Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: Glasshouse