Review: “Jezebel”

Numa Perrier’s feature debut “Jezebel” (2019) is a deeply personal film that makes viewers feel like they’re a part of the action. Perrier, the writer director, and co-star of the film, based the film on her experiences as a cam girl. The film is an important step in humanizing sex workers, a group of people who are often looked down on and disrespected. At its heart, “Jezebel” is about sisterhood and grief through the lens of two sex workers struggling financially and emotionally.  Continue reading Review: “Jezebel”

Review: Harriet

Here it is, 2019, and we’re just getting our very first feature film biopic of civil rights legend Harriet Tubman. It’s just a shame that it isn’t a more inspired one. Cynthia Erivo is more than competent in the lead role, bringing a vibrancy and determination to Tubman’s heroism, but the rest of the film is a drab, paint-by-numbers biopic.

Harriet was born a slave, under the name of Araminta Ross. When the film begins, she and her free husband John (Zackary Momoh) are unsuccessfully arguing the legality of her enslavement with her master. Their failure to negotiate Harriet’s freedom makes them so desperate that they discuss running away together, but circumstances transpire that force her to take the long, arduous journey north alone. Continue reading Review: Harriet

Review: Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

By Harris Dang Nowadays, if one were to think of the more established films that come from Indonesia, the most likely response would be to think of the more genre-focused projects like “The Raid” (2011 – 2014) films, films by the Mo Brothers like “Headshot” (2016), “The Night Comes For Us” (2018); and films by Joko Anwar like “The Forbidden Door” (2009) and “Satan’s Slaves” … Continue reading Review: Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts