The Power of the Dog: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 126 minutes Director: Jane Campion Writers: Jane Campion, Thomas Savage (based on his novel of the same name) Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Keith Carradine, Frances Conroy By Tom Moore Director Jane Campion’s adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel “The Power of the Dog”(2021) creates an engaging modern western that explores themes of masculinity and sees … Continue reading The Power of the Dog: NYFF 2021 Review

GFF2021 Review: The Mauritanian

Year: 2021Duration: 2h 9mDirector: Kevin MacdonaldWriters: Sohrab Noshirvani, Michael Bronner, Rory Haines, M.B. Traven, adapted from the book “Guantanamo Diaries” by Mohamedou Ould SlahiStarring: Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley By Caz Armstrong Jodie Foster shines in this Guantanamo Bay political drama but a good performance can’t stop the film from feeling a bit bland. “The Mauritanian” tells the true story of Mohamedou … Continue reading GFF2021 Review: The Mauritanian

Review: 1917 (2019)

Sam Mendes’ “1917” (2019) is more than just a technical marvel; it’s a captivating survival story of young men in wartime. While its one-take approach with all of its footage melded together to look as though the full two hour film was one continuous shot is great, this is not a film ruled by its gimmick. In fact, it’s easy to forget about the one-take editing by Lee Smith once you’re into the action of the movie until there’s a particularly impressive bit of camera movement. At its heart, “1917” tells a story about the destruction that war. Continue reading Review: 1917 (2019)