Anticipated Films to see at Fantasia 2022!

By Harris Dang It is the year 2022 and Fantasia Film Festival is back in a big way. After the tribulations of the COVID pandemic, the festival is back in high gear as it goes back to full in-person attendance. And with a jam-packed program of genre goodness to boot! Here are a few select films in the slate that we are incredibly excited for! … Continue reading Anticipated Films to see at Fantasia 2022!

Deep Dive July Retrospective: Moby Dick and the Triumph of the Feminine

By Joan Amenn Ask any high school American Literature major what the most challenging book was on their required reading list and chances are, they’ll reply “Moby Dick.” No wonder then that the film version was not exactly a doggy paddle to adapt either. Director John Huston was no doubt attracted to the male centric story of revenge but the way screenwriter (and famous science … Continue reading Deep Dive July Retrospective: Moby Dick and the Triumph of the Feminine

Film Review: Girl in the Picture

Year: 2022 Runtime: 101 minutes Directors: Skye Borgman By Tom Moore Netflix and Skye Borgman, director of “Abducted in Plain Sight”(2017), deliver a tense true crime mystery with “Girl in the Picture”(2022) that’s loaded and, albeit, bloated with so many shocking twists and turns that’ll keep your head spinning. The film chronicles the investigation of the death of a young mother and all the shocking … Continue reading Film Review: Girl in the Picture

Film Review: Mr. Malcolm’s List

Year: 2022 Runtime: 117 Minutes Director: Emma Holly Jones Writer: Suzanne Allain (based on the book by) (screenplay by) Stars: Freida Pinto, Sope Dirisu, Zawe Ashton, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Theo James By Tom Moore Emma Holly Jones’ feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Suzanne Allain’s 2009 self-published novel “Mr. Malcolm’s List”, is an instantly likeable period dramedy romance in the spirit of Jane Austen. The film … Continue reading Film Review: Mr. Malcolm’s List

Hommage: Tribeca Film Festival Review

Year: 2022 Runtime: 118 Minutes Director: Shin Su-won Writer: Shin Su-won Stars: Lee Jeong-eun, Kwon Hae-hyo, Tang Joon-sang By Tom Moore The latest film from director Shin Su-won, “Hommage”(2022) is a meta character study that delves into the struggles of a seasoned Korean female director. Normally, when we see films tackle the idea of a director trying to make a career-defining mark, usually they’ve already … Continue reading Hommage: Tribeca Film Festival Review

Review: ruth weiss: the Beat Goddess

Year: 2019 Runtime: 69 minutes Director: Melody C. Miller By Joan Amenn “Walking on a tightrope Is like any other road Just believe your foot.” -ruth weiss An extraordinary life deserves to be celebrated and remembered and for too long, Ruth Weiss has been eclipsed by other poets of the Beat Movement. Unsurprisingly, the men of the era like Ginsberg and Kerouac were considered the … Continue reading Review: ruth weiss: the Beat Goddess

Top 5 Favorite Films about Italian American Culture

By Joan Amenn I am a fourth generation Italian American. The stories of my ancestors that I grew up with both mirror and contrast with how my ethnicity have been depicted on screen, much like anyone else’s cultural heritage when subjected to dramatization. Here are some of the films that have special meaning to me. 1. The Godfather Parts 1 & 2 (1972, 1974): I’m … Continue reading Top 5 Favorite Films about Italian American Culture

Rounding: Tribeca Film Festival Film Review

Year: 2022 Runtime: 9o Minutes Director: Alex Thompson Writer: Alex Thompson, Christopher Thompson Stars: Namir Smallwood, Sidney Flanigan, Rebecca Spence, Michael Potts By Tom Moore After his 2019 breakout debut “Saint Frances”, writer/director Alex Thompson returns with “Rounding”, a haunting psychological thriller with personal demons. The film follows James (Namir Smallwood), a medical resident looking for a fresh start when he transfers to a new … Continue reading Rounding: Tribeca Film Festival Film Review

Fashion Reimagined: Tribeca Film Festival Review

Year: 2022 Runtime: 92 minutes Director: Becky Hutner By Joan Amenn To be a fashion designer is a lofty enough goal, but to be an environmentally aware designer creating sustainable couture is truly a nearly impossible dream, as “Fashion Reimagined” (2022) shows. Amy Powney, creative director of fashion label “Mother of Pearl” ( https://motherofpearl.co.uk/), has more heart, dedication and vision than many so called “activists” … Continue reading Fashion Reimagined: Tribeca Film Festival Review