Bentonville Film Festival Film Review: The Novice

Year: 2021 Duration: 94 minutes Directed by: Lauren Hadaway Written by: Lauren Hadaway Starring: Isabelle Fuhrman, Amy Forsyth, Dilone, Jonathan Cherry As conversations around mental health in sports continue to grow, writer/director Lauren Hadaway creates a compelling take on unhealthy obsession with her feature directorial debut, “The Novice” (2021). We’ve seen plenty of struggling, obsessive artist stories in the past, like “Black Swan” (2010) and … Continue reading Bentonville Film Festival Film Review: The Novice

Fantasia Festival Review: It’s A Summer Film!

Year: 2020 Runtime: 97 minutes Director: Soushi Matsumoto Writer: Soushi Matsumoto Cast: Marika Ito, Daichi Kaneko, Yuumi Kawai, Kilala Inori By Harris Dang Set in present day Japan, “It’s a Summer Film“(2020) tells the story of Barefoot (Marika Ito), an overeager cineaste who loves jidaigeki (period dramas) and chambara (samurai stories) pictures. She becomes tired by the oversaturation of the romantic comedy genre — as made … Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: It’s A Summer Film!

Portland Horror Film Festival Review: Short Film Round Up 2

By Joan Amenn Miss Blueberry Beauty Pageant Year: 2019 Runtime: 12 minutes Director/Writer: Sarah Kennedy Actors: Hannah Perry, Joanna Clarke, Jericah Potvin, Thomas Ian Campbell “Miss Blueberry Beauty Pageant” (2019) is such goofy, retro fun with a nice bit (or maybe bite) of horror thrown in to balance out the campiness. The lovely pageant contestants are decked out in their finest from the 1980’s (and … Continue reading Portland Horror Film Festival Review: Short Film Round Up 2

Bentonville Film Festival Review: Mogul Mowgli

Year: 2020 Duration: 90 minutes Directed by: Bassam Tariq Written by: Bassam Tariq and Riz Ahmed Starring: Riz Ahmed, Alyy Khan, Sudha Bhuchar, Nabhaan Rizwan By Tom Moore Last year, actor Riz Ahmed rightfully garnered awards praise and recognition for his career-best performance in “Sound of Metal”(2019). Now, he delivers a fittingly familiar follow-up in “Mogul Mowgli” that showcases his talents in front of and … Continue reading Bentonville Film Festival Review: Mogul Mowgli

Portland Horror Film Festival: La Ciguapa Siempre

Year: 2021n Runtime: 13 minutes Director/Writer: Monica Moore-Suriyage Actors: Cheyenne Washington, Michael Bonini, Jillian Kinsey, Lotus Lain By Joan Amenn A Ciguapa is a mythical creature from Dominican folklore. It appears to be an attractive woman and is sometimes referred to as a “mermaid of the woods” because they typically can be found in forested areas. They are also said to be capable of being … Continue reading Portland Horror Film Festival: La Ciguapa Siempre

Women of Summer Retrospective: The Mummy

Year: 1999 Runtime: 124 minutes Director: Stephen Sommers Writers: Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Forvielle, Kevin Jarre Cast: Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Jonathan Hyde, Oded Fehr, Kevin J. O’Connor, Patricia Velasquez, Bernard Fox By Joan Amenn “I am proud of what I am…I am a Librarian!” -Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) In the 1990’s Universal Studios explored the idea of rebooting their perennially popular … Continue reading Women of Summer Retrospective: The Mummy

Portland Horror Film Festival: Zombie Infection-Belaban Hidup

Year: 2020 Runtime: 91 minutes Director: Ray Lee Writer: Misha Minut Panggau Actors: Pablo Amirul, Anna Melissa, Nelissa Nizam, Cassidy Panggau, Anwar Jebat, Zeina Debo By Joan Amenn At the Portland Horror Film Festival, director Ray Lee has a brief introduction to “Zombie Infection-Belaban Hidup” (2020) where he explains how difficult production conditions were for the cast and crew. He cites the various issues such … Continue reading Portland Horror Film Festival: Zombie Infection-Belaban Hidup

NATASHA ROMANOFF, Katniss Everdeen, and Characterization through Sisterhood

By Nicole Ackman This article contains spoilers for “Black Widow” and “The Hunger Games.”  Natasha Romanoff is a character that we’ve seen many times before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since she first appeared in “Iron Man 2” (2010) over ten years ago. But in “Black Widow” (2021), we see her for the first time not as a spy, an Avenger, or a friend, but … Continue reading NATASHA ROMANOFF, Katniss Everdeen, and Characterization through Sisterhood