Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 78 minutes Director: Rita Baghdadi By Morgan Roberts “Sirens”(2022) is a documentary film which gives audiences an intimate look into lives of the women of the band Slave to Sirens. Slave to Sirens is a metal band from Beirut, Lebanon. The two central individuals of focus are guitarists Lilas and Shery. Lilas and Shery are creative partners, writing many songs together. As … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Framing Agnes”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 75 Minutes Director: Chase Joynt Writers: Chase Joynt & Morgan M. Page Stars: Angelica Ross, Jen Richards, Silas Howard, Zackary Drucker, Max Wolf Valerio, Stephen Ira, with Jules Gill-Peterson  By Morgan Roberts There are many stories omitted from history books.  So, when filmmaker Chase Joynt and sociologist Kristen Schilt began archiving the work of UCLA’s Harold Garfinkel, they uncovered a trove of … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Framing Agnes”

Sundance Interview: “Framing Agnes” Director Chase Joynt

By Morgan Roberts Premiering at Sundance, documentary film “Framing Agnes”(2022) explores the lives of trans participants of a 1950’s gender study through the University of California, Los Angeles.  The face of the project, Agnes, spoke with sociologist Harold Garfinkel.  The film brings to life the interviews between Garfinkel and Agnes, as well as the other members of the project.   “Framing Agnes” is the debut documentary … Continue reading Sundance Interview: “Framing Agnes” Director Chase Joynt

GFF2021 Review: Truman & Tennessee

Year: 2020Duration: 1h 26mDirector: Lisa ImmordinoStarring: Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto By Caz Armstrong Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s latest documentary shows us the 40 year friendship between literary giants Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams in their own words. Despite the 13 year age difference, the men were very alike in many ways. This documentary serves as more of a compare-and-contrast than focusing particularly on their relationship. Indeed, … Continue reading GFF2021 Review: Truman & Tennessee

Review: Beanpole

Perhaps it goes without saying that the Russian historical drama “Beanpole” (2019) is bleak. Directed by Kantemir Balagov, it’s a look at Leningrad after World War II as soldiers trickle back in from the front and people try to put their lives back together after the trauma of war. However, nothing could have prepared me for how twisted and depressing the film is. Continue reading Review: Beanpole

Review: Supernova

Year: 2021 Runtime: 94 minutes Writer/Director: Harry Macqueen Stars: Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci  By Nicole Ackman This year has not only one, but two poignant films about dementia between “The Father”(2021) and Harry Macqueen’s “Supernova“(2021). While the former is more focused on the experience of having dementia, Macqueen’s film examines the way that it puts strain on even the most solid of relationships as a … Continue reading Review: Supernova

Review: Ammonite

Year: 2020 Runtime: 120 minutes Writer/Director: Francis Lee Stars: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Fiona Shaw  By Nicole Ackman With a starry cast and a fascinating premise, “Ammonite” has garnered much attention from the moment it was announced. The period drama is written and directed by Francis Lee and loosely inspired by the life of British paleontologist Mary Anning. The film revolves … Continue reading Review: Ammonite