Retrospective: 20th Anniversary of Monsters, Inc.

By Joan Amenn Back when Pixar was still a relatively new up and coming animation studio, the plot of their fourth film being a “buddy movie” didn’t sound all that exciting. After all their first and third films had the same theme. But “Monsters Inc.” (2001) proved to be quite different from the rest and remains one of their best conceived and executed movies. From … Continue reading Retrospective: 20th Anniversary of Monsters, Inc.

Film Review: Fever Dream

Year: 2021 Runtime: 93 minutes Director: Claudia Llosa Writer: Claudia Llosa (screenplay), Samanta Schweblin (based on the novel by) Actors: Maria Valverde, Guillermina Sorribes Liotta, Dolores Fonzi, Emilio Vodanovich By Tom Moore The latest film from writer/director Claudia Llosa, an adaptation of Samanta Schweblin’s 2014 novel “Fever Dream”, is an impactful story of motherhood and environmental disaster that lives up to its name. “Fever Dream” … Continue reading Film Review: Fever Dream

Passing: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 98 minutes Director: Rebecca Hall Writers: Rebecca Hall, Nella Larsen (novella) Actors: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, Andre Holland, Alexander Skrasgard, Bill Camp By Tom Moore Rebecca Hall’s feature directorial debut touches on a unique story on “racial passing” through excellent performances and depictions that burrow into your mind with “Passing” (2021). “Passing”, which is based on the 1929 novel of the same … Continue reading Passing: NYFF 2021 Review

Caramel: Using the Patriarchy to Explore Female Identity in the public and private spheres: Review

Year: 2007 Runtime: 96 minutes Director: Nadine Labaki Writers: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, and Rodney Al Haddad Actors: Nadine Labaki , Yasmine Al Masri , Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad , Adel Karam , Aziza Semaan and Siham Haddad By Jillian Chilingerian Caramel isn’t just a sweet, gooey substance used for waxing. Directed and written by Nadine Labaki, “Caramel” (2007) shares a glimpse into the lives … Continue reading Caramel: Using the Patriarchy to Explore Female Identity in the public and private spheres: Review

The Souvenir: Part II: NYFF Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 106 minutes Director: Joanna Hogg Writers: Joanna Hogg Actors: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Charlie Heaton, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade By Tom Moore Joanna Hogg’s follow-up to her 2019 breakout film “The Souvenir” is a major milestone on multiple levels. Sequels are pretty rare in the indie film scene, so it’s pretty impactful that “The Souvenir: Part II” sees Hogg creating her … Continue reading The Souvenir: Part II: NYFF Review

Titane: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 104 minutes Director: Julia Ducournau Writers: Julia Ducournau, Jacques Akchoti, Jean-Christophe Bouzy, Simonetta Greggio Actors: Agatha Rouselle, Vincent Lindon, Garance Marillier, Lais Salameh, Mara Cisse, Myriem Akheddiou, Betrand Bonello, Marin Judas, Diong-Keba Tacu, Dominique Frot By Tom Moore Julia Ducournau delivered one of the most iconic debuts with “Raw” back in 2016 that left stomachs swirling with its visceral cannibalistic horrors and … Continue reading Titane: NYFF 2021 Review

Petite Maman: TIFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 70 minutes Director/Writer: Celine Sciamma Actors: Josephine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Margot Abascal, Nina Meurisse, Stephane Varupenne By Joan Amenn One of the hardest lessons a child can learn is the loss of a grandparent. Celine Sciamma, whose “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (2019) enraptured viewers two years ago, returns with an intimate and personal meditation on the cyclical nature of life. … Continue reading Petite Maman: TIFF 2021 Review

Martyrs Lane Review

supernatural horror flick. Like “The Babadook” and “Hereditary”, Ruth Platt’s latest film, “Martyrs Lane” also explores the themes of grief and loss. Released via Shudder, this supernatural film is very much like a macabre fairy-tale for adults, with the main premise being a young girl becoming friends with a ghostly child who sends her on a treasure hunt to discover her true identity. This is the third film from actress-turned-director Ruth Platt (following the 2015 horror “The Lesson” and the 2019 comedy-drama “Black Forest”) is based on a short film, also titled “Martyrs Lane”. With her latest feature film, Platt demonstrates that she has adapted to the role of director quite easily and that she is very capable of being in the director’s chair. Continue reading Martyrs Lane Review

Review: The Magnificent Meyersons

Year: 2021 Runtime: 88 minutes Director/Writer: Evan Oppenheimer Actors: Kate Mulgrew, Richard Kind, Barbara Barrie, Shoshannah Stern, Neal Huff, Melissa Errico, Daniel Eric Gold, Ian Kahn, Jackie Burns, Lauren Ridloff By Joan Amenn New Yorkers are typically depicted as neurotic and cynical in most films. While the rest of the country may still find the shtick amusing, it can get a little tired. Fortunately, there … Continue reading Review: The Magnificent Meyersons

Exclusive Interview with Angela How, Director of “Bullied”

After watching Angela How’s hard-hitting and very real drama/thriller “Bullied” I was very keen to speak to her about the development of the film and her inspiration behind it. As a child I was subjected to bullying at school and it did have a significant impact on my overall perception of myself and my confidence. I found myself really relating to the character of Charlotte (played by the brilliant Jacinta Klassen) and I wasn’t quite aware of how much the film had impacted me until afterwards when I was coming up with the questions for How. There’s such a rawness and sense of realism, that this story could have only come from someone who had lived through the effects of bullying. In this interview below, How discusses her inspiration behind the picture, the struggles of casting and the female filmmakers who influenced her as well as her next upcoming project which sounds fascinating. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Angela How, Director of “Bullied”