Review: Babyteeth

The best way to describe Shannon Murphy’s engrossing and visually stunning “Babyteeth” is to imagine if Andrea Arnold directed “The Fault in Our Stars”. If this hasn’t piqued your interest already, then bear with me because there’s plenty of more wonderful things to say about this delight of a film.

Based on screenwriter Rita Kalnejais’ play of the same name, “Babyteeth” marks the arrival of an exciting fresh and innovative female filmmaker. Murphy gets extra points from us for selecting an all-female production and direction team, and for tackling the ‘cancer’ rom-com subgenre in a way that doesn’t feel over sentimental or contrived. Continue reading Review: Babyteeth

Social Isolation Review: “Sharp Objects”

Want to feel deeply anxious and maybe a little depressed?  Look no further than HBO’s miniseries “Sharp Objects.” Amy Adams stars as crime reporter Camille Preaker.  Camille comes back to her small Missouri hometown after a second teenage girl is found murdered.

But coming home comes with more than just trying to cover and solve the murders of two young girls.  Camille is once again with her mother, Adora (Patricia Clarkson) and spending time with her younger half-sister Amma (Eliza Scanlen).  While she sorts through her past and her relationship with her family, she also tries working in tandem with Detective Richard Willis (Chris Messina) who has been called in from Kansas City to help with the investigation. Continue reading Social Isolation Review: “Sharp Objects”

ITOL 2019 Round-up: Little Women

In the opening scene of “Little Women” (2019), when we see Saoirse Ronan’s character entering a publisher’s office to try to sell her work and get herself taken seriously as a writer, we’re not just seeing the character of Jo March. We’re also seeing Louisa May Alcott, who wrote the novel that the film is adapted from, and perhaps even the film’s writer and director Greta Gerwig herself. Continue reading ITOL 2019 Round-up: Little Women