Sister & Sister (Las Hijas): SXSW 2023 Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 80 minutes Director/Writer: Kattia G. Zúñiga Actors: Ariana Chaves Gavilán, Cala Rossel Campos, Fernando Bonilla, Joshua De Leon, Milagros Fernandez, Gabriela Man By Rosa Parra Latin American cinema, Central American cinema in particular, isn’t given the necessary attention and acknowledgment it deserves. “Sister & Sister” (Las Hijas) is an example of why this type of cinema should be talked about alongside the … Continue reading Sister & Sister (Las Hijas): SXSW 2023 Review

Art for Everyone: SXSW 2023 Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 106 minutes Director: Miranda Yousef By Joan Amenn Disclaimer: I am not a fan of the works of Thomas Kinkade, who is the subject of this documentary by Miranda Yousef. Why am I reviewing it then? Because I am a fan of artists and films that tell their stories so I hoped to gain new insight into someone who I did not … Continue reading Art for Everyone: SXSW 2023 Review

Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life: SXSW 2023 Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 80 minutes Director: Dan Covert Writers: Amy Dempsey, Dan Covert, Erik Auli, Tara Rose Stromberg By Joan Amenn Nominated for a Grand Jury Award at this year’s SXSW, “Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life” is an intriguing look at an artist who has managed to create ubiquitous images and yet, remain relatively unknown. Geoff McFetridge’s work can be seen everywhere from movie titles … Continue reading Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life: SXSW 2023 Review

Pay or Die: SXSW 2023 Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 90 minutes Directors: Rachael Dyer and Scott Alexander Ruderman By Joan Amenn Nominated for a Grand Jury Award at this year’s SXSW, “Pay or Die” is a heartrending look at the cost of insulin and the emotional, physical and financial toll it has taken on citizens of the US. It is very important to note that the horrific scenarios shown in this … Continue reading Pay or Die: SXSW 2023 Review

The Lineup: Films We’re Eyeing in March

By Tom Moore and Valerie Kalfrin This coming March is not only special for International Women’s Day being on March 8th, but also for the robust lineup of female-directed films releasing during the month. It’s probably the biggest offering of films directed by women we’ve seen and there are a whole bunch of films hitting streaming, theaters, and VOD that are worth checking out. From … Continue reading The Lineup: Films We’re Eyeing in March

Review: The First Fallen

Year: 2021 Runtime: 107 minutes Director/Writer: Rodrigo de Oliveira Actors: Johnny Massaro, Renata Carvalho, Victor Camilo, Clara Choveaux, Alex Bonin By Joan Amenn It has been decades since the AIDS crisis first began to claim its victims in an ever growing wave of horror and despair. “The First Fallen” (2021) tells the story of this terrifying time from the perspective of the LGBTQ+ community in … Continue reading Review: The First Fallen

The Lineup: Films Were Eyeing in February

By Tom Moore and Joan Amenn On the surface, February might seem a little light for female-directed films hitting theaters and streaming, but it’s actually chock-full of potential hits. From a star-studded Netflix rom com coming right in time for Valentine’s Day to the latest film from an actress turned director about a wild true story, February has got plenty of new films worth looking … Continue reading The Lineup: Films Were Eyeing in February

The Pod Generation: Sundance 2023 Film Review

Year: 2023 Runtime: 109 minutes Director/Writer: Sophie Barthes Stars: Emilia Clarke, Chiwetel Eijofor, Rosalie Craig, Vinette Robinson, Jean-Marc Barr By Rosa Parra “The Pod Generation”(2023) is written and directed by Sophie Barthes and stars Emilia Clark, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rosalie Craig, Vinette Robinson and Jean-Marc Barr. It follows married couple Rachel (Clark) and Alvy (Ejiofor) who are looking to grow their family in a new technologically … Continue reading The Pod Generation: Sundance 2023 Film Review

The Menu and the Impact of Criticism

By Joan Amenn Food has always been a crucial centerpiece to my life, almost as much and perhaps more than movies, largely because of my heritage. My father had a deep obsession with eating in restaurants to discover what was new and trendy during the organic food movement of the 1970’s. My mother was and remains an outstanding cook whose dinner parties are literally the … Continue reading The Menu and the Impact of Criticism