Sundance Review: “Passing”

Based on the 1929 novella of the same name, “Passing” (2021) is a look at racial identity, gender, sexuality, and class. The film follows childhood friends Irene (Tessa Thompson) and Clare (Ruth Negga) who reconnect later in life. Irene lives her life as a Black woman and passes as white from time to time for convenience. Clare, however, has chosen live life as a white woman, likely continuing to do so due to her husband John’s (Alexander Skarsgård) racist viewpoint. Hence, the title “Passing.” Continue reading Sundance Review: “Passing”

Pieces of a Woman

Review: Pieces of a Woman

Runtime: 126 minutes Year: 2020Director: Kornél MundruczóWriter: Kata WéberStars: Vanessa Kirby, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, and Ellen Burstyn By Morgan Roberts When Martha’s (Vanessa Kirby) home birth ends tragically, she must begin a year-long journey of mourning the loss of not only her child, but the relationships fractured by this catastrophe. “Pieces of a Woman” (2020) is a harrowing film, one … Continue reading Review: Pieces of a Woman

Review: Rebecca

“Rebecca” could be ripe for a modern interpretation. For the uninitiated, the title takes its name from Rebecca de Winter, the late wife of aristocrat Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier in the Hitchcock version). Rebecca dies before the novel opens; yet she’s a strong presence throughout the book. She’s as much a character as Manderley, the manor where Maxim brings his new bride (Joan Fontaine in the Hitchcock film) after a whirlwind romance. The new Mrs. de Winter is gawky where Rebecca was glamorous and refined and feels herself paling by comparison, especially under the withering gaze and comments of the head housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Continue reading Review: Rebecca

Movie review: Over the Moon

Year: 2020 Runtime: 95 Minutes Director: Glen Keane and John Kahrs Writers: Audrey Wells Stars: Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Sandra Oh, Ken Jeong, Jon Cho, and Ruthie Ann Miles By Rosa Parra With memorable songs, gorgeous animation, and an emotional story, “Over the Moon” follows Fei Fei (Cathy Ang), an intelligent girl who loves science, into space to prove the truth of her parents’ mythical … Continue reading Movie review: Over the Moon

An Ode to “GLOW”

There are some more trivial things that we’ve lost like brunch, going to the cinema, travelling, concerts, just being in others’ presence. Films we’ve been dying to see have been pushed back or shelved. Shows we love have been postponed or cancelled. The world is hard. And it has become increasingly difficult after seven months of quarantining – if you’re being good – to find something to bring me joy. One thing that always brought me joy was the Netflix show, “GLOW.” Continue reading An Ode to “GLOW”

A Special Breed Of Film: “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”

There is a specific type of film, which appears to remain nameless, that you understand will be noteworthy from the moment you begin watching it. This particular breed of film is unique in that, whether or not you end up actually enjoying it, at the very least you will be able to appreciate something about it. You can tell from the very start that you will be impacted by it; in its wake, you will be left with your perspective expanded. Continue reading A Special Breed Of Film: “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”

Review: The Old Guard

Charlize Theron is the somewhat kinder-hearted real-life Vinnelle for us in films. She gazes down the lens; controlling every angle of power in “Hancock” (2008), “Atomic Blonde” (2017) and now “The Old Guard”(2020). Directed by a notable filmmaker – creator of “Love and Basketball” (2000) and “The Secret Life of Bees” (2008) – Gina Prince-Bythewood opens up Gregory Rucka’s comic book and spray paints her brilliance across the epic myth. Continue reading Review: The Old Guard

ITOL Top 15 Films of 2020 (So Far), Numbers 5-1

Phew! We’ve finally reached numbers 5 through 1. We hope you like our picks and maybe seek out the films that you haven’t yet seen. You can find numbers 15-11 here and numbers 10-6 here. Please let us know which films make your top 15 list and what films are you looking forward to catching later this year! A massive thank you to all the ITOL writers who contributed and voted. Here’s hoping the rest of 2020 won’t be so eventful! Continue reading ITOL Top 15 Films of 2020 (So Far), Numbers 5-1

ITOL Top 15 Films of 2020 (So Far), Numbers 15-11

Gosh, isn’t 2020 over yet?! Wait, we’re only just over halfway through? *Sighs heavily and inhales deeply* Okay, okay…at least there’s only 178 days left of 2020. Anyway, picking our top 15 films of the year (so far) has been tough especially seeing how release dates of certain films have been delayed and how we’ve been trapped inside for months. However, the ITOL have come together to create our top 15 films from the last 6 months. Please let us know which films make your top 15 list and what films are you looking forward to catching later this year! Continue reading ITOL Top 15 Films of 2020 (So Far), Numbers 15-11

Review: Hannah Gadsby’s “Douglas” Comedy Special

Following her groundbreaking comedy special “Nanette” (2018), Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby became a household name. Praised for her honesty and blend of drama and comedy, Gadsby garnered a lot of attention with “Nanette,” leaving audiences eagerly awaiting her next special. Her second Netflix special, “Douglas” (2020), named for her beloved dog, does not disappoint. Continue reading Review: Hannah Gadsby’s “Douglas” Comedy Special