Dune: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 155 minutes Director: Denis Villeneuve Writers: Jon Spaihts (screenplay), Denis Villeneuve (screenplay), Eric Roth (screenplay) Actors: Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Jason Mamoa, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista By Tom Moore Caution: Mild Spoilers Denis Villeneuve’s filmmaking journey has embodied every filmmaker’s dream. To go from making small French films and slowly gaining acclaim with indie hits … Continue reading Dune: NYFF 2021 Review

Parallel Mothers: NYFF Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 2 hours Director: Pedro Almodóvar Writer: Pedro Almodóvar Stars: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Rossy de Palma By Valerie Kalfrin Mothers and daughters, identity and history combine in “Parallel Mothers” (2021), a twisty tale from writer-director Pedro Almodóvar that suggests our life stories don’t run on parallel tracks so much as intertwine. The closing night film of the New … Continue reading Parallel Mothers: NYFF Review

Unclenching the Fists: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 97 minutes Director: Kira Kovalenko Writers: Kira Kovalenko Actors: Milana Aguzarova, Alik Karaev, Khetag Bibilov, Soslan Khugaev By Tom Moore Writer/director Kira Kovalenko’s sophomore feature, “Unclenching the Fists”, is a grounded coming of age tale of a young girl trying to break away from the damaging hold her family has on her. Just within the first few moments of meeting timid and … Continue reading Unclenching the Fists: NYFF 2021 Review

The French Dispatch: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 108 minutes Director: Wes Anderson Writers: Wes Anderson (screenplay/story), Roman Coppola (story), Hugo Guinness (story), Jason Schwartzman (story) Actors: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Benicio Del Toro, Lea Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Stephen Park By Tom Moore Wes Anderson has created unique cinematic experiences for over a decade with his animated and live-action comedies that feature widely talented … Continue reading The French Dispatch: NYFF 2021 Review

The Power of the Dog: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 126 minutes Director: Jane Campion Writers: Jane Campion, Thomas Savage (based on his novel of the same name) Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Keith Carradine, Frances Conroy By Tom Moore Director Jane Campion’s adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel “The Power of the Dog”(2021) creates an engaging modern western that explores themes of masculinity and sees … Continue reading The Power of the Dog: NYFF 2021 Review

Flee: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 83 minutes Director/Writer: Jonas Poher Rasmussen Actors: Daniel Karimyar, Fardin Mijdzadeh, Milad Eskandari, Belal Faiz, Elaha Faiz, Zahra Mehrwarz By Tom Moore Refugee stories are becoming more and more important to hear as they shed light on the hardships many are facing in simply trying to find safety and homestead. Filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen emphasizes that more than ever with his latest … Continue reading Flee: NYFF 2021 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

Bergman Island: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 112 Minutes Director: Mia Hansen-Love Writer(s): Mia Hansen-Love Stars: Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska and Anders Danielsen Lie By Tom Moore The latest from writer/director Mia Hansen-Love is an ode to one of film’s most prolific directors that explores inspiration in an isolated place. The film follows a couple’s retreat to the titular “Bergman Island”(2021), dubbed so because of legendary director Ingmar … Continue reading Bergman Island: NYFF 2021 Review