Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Gold Plated (Plaqué Or)

Year: 2022 Runtime: 25 minutes Director/Writer: Chloé Léoni Actors: Salomé Dewaels, Nade Dieu, Noé Englebert, Anae Romnys By Dominic Corr Discussions around class and inequality are often relegated to the conversations of the ‘adults’ in the room – as far as the political landscape is concerned at least. And yet, the harshest impacts of its existence ripple to the young, both as a generational issue … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Gold Plated (Plaqué Or)

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Joutel

Year: 2022 Runtime: 15 minutes Director/Writer: Alexa-Jeanne Dubé Cast: Marie Tifo, Pierre Curzi By Joan Amenn Joutel was a mining town in Canada and the title of this film includes the dates 1965-1998, which was the duration of the community’s existence. By drawing a metaphor for the lifespan of a place being similar to that of a human being, “Joutel” is a touchingly somber and … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Joutel

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Scratched: Aoteaora’s Lost Sporting Legends

Year: 2022 Runtime: 12 minutes Director: Madeleine Chapman By Juli Horsford Director Madeleine Chapman takes us on a journey to the far reaches of New Zealand where Lee Ralph resides on a farm. He tends to the animals there and works as a farmhand to make it by. Ralph’s face is lined with age and he’s missing a few teeth. You’d never know he was … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Scratched: Aoteaora’s Lost Sporting Legends

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Chute (Strangers)

Year: 2022 Runtime: 21 minutes Director/Writer: Nora Longatti Actors: Agathe Lecomte, Barbara Kurth, Fhunyue Gao, Julian Gyphens, Jeff Nsingi Ambassi, Yevgenia Korolov By Juli Horsford Chute is twenty-one minutes long. There are several intriguing aspects about Chute and one of them is that there is almost no dialogue at all. We witness some muffled background conversations that are incomprehensible and a phone call with a … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Chute (Strangers)

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Titane

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 Special Guest Reviewer: Darren Gaskell  As the result of a horrific car accident, a young girl called Alexia has a titanium plate fitted to her skull. … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Titane

Film Review: Do Revenge

Year: 2022 Runtime: 118 minutes Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson Writers: Celeste Ballard, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson Actors: Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Austin Abrams, Ava Capri, Rish Shah, Alisha Boe, J.D. By Tom Moore It needs to be acknowledged that writer/director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is quickly becoming a must-watch force with all the great work she’s been putting out. Not only has she co-written films like “Thor: … Continue reading Film Review: Do Revenge

“Lady Beware”: A Flawed, Feminist Look at Erotic Fantasy

By Brian Skutle The reasons I watched Karen Arthur’s “Lady Beware” (1987) in 1997 were not the reasons that I do now. I had just developed a crush on Diane Lane after “Murder at 1600” (1997), and this erotic thriller was one of the films that fed that- in some ways, for part of the reasons why Arthur would come to disown the film. Over … Continue reading “Lady Beware”: A Flawed, Feminist Look at Erotic Fantasy

Film Review: The Invitation

Year: 2022 Runtime: 104 minutes Director: Jessica M. Thompson Writer: Blair Butler Starring: Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Doherty, Stephanie Corneliussen, Alana Boden, Hugh Skinner, Sean Pertwee, Courtney Taylor By Tom Moore Director Jessica M. Thompson’s sophomore effort, “The Invitation” presents intriguing opportunities for a scary and mysterious vampire flick but rarely capitalizes on them. The film sees Evie (Nathalie Emmanuel), a young woman whose mother recently … Continue reading Film Review: The Invitation

Review: “Our American Family”

Year: 2021Runtime: 87 minutesDirectors: Hallee Adelman, Sean King O’Grady By Morgan Roberts Substance abuse is not uncommon. I guarantee you know someone who has some form of a substance abuse disorder, especially considering the opioid crisis. The documentary film, “Our American Family,” is a harrowing and honest look at one family fighting for sobriety and healing. The film follows a close-knit Philadelphia area family who … Continue reading Review: “Our American Family”