SXSW 2022 Review: Linoleum

Year: 2022 Runtime: 101 minutes Writer/Director: Colin West Cast: Jim Gaffigan, Rhea Seehorn, Tony Shaloub, Gabriel Rush, Amy Hargreaves, Michael Ian Black, Twinkle Burke, Katelyn Nacon, Elisabeth Henry, Roger Hendrickson By Joan Amenn Linoleum is a surface consisting of multiple compressed layers of linseed oil and sawdust, among other things. This might seem like a completely irrelevant title for this film but when you think … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Linoleum

Review: After Yang

Year: 2021 Runtime: 96 minutes Director: Kogonada Writers: Kogonada, based on a short story by Alexander Weinstein Cast: Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, Justin Min, Ritchie Coster, Clifton Collins, Jr., Haley Lu Richardson By Joan Amenn “After Yang” (2021) is a subtle, quiet little science-fiction film that has a plot as open to rumination and interpretation as a summer knit sweater is open … Continue reading Review: After Yang

Review: The Tomorrow War

Year: 2021 Runtime: 140 minutes Director: Chris McKay Writer: Zach Dean Actors: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jasmine Mathews, Ryan Kiera Armstrong By Joan Amenn It’s the Fourth of July weekend in the US and tradition demands hot dogs, cold beer and a rousing blockbuster of a film to be enjoyed in a local cinema. However, Amazon … Continue reading Review: The Tomorrow War

Exclusive Interview with Gavin Rothery, Director of “Archive”

“Archive” is the feature debut from writer/director Gavin Rothery. It’s a complex, through-provoking and intelligent sci-fi film which features great performances by Theo James and Stacy Martin. Set in 2038, “Archive” tells the story of George Almore (James) who is working on a true human-equivalent AI. His latest prototype is almost ready, and his end goal is to be reunited with his dead wife (Martin).

What’s unique about the film is how it focuses on the themes of replacement and jealousy as well as proposing the question, “how would an A.I. react if it became sentient?”. ITOL editor Bianca Garner caught up with Gavin to speak about “Archive” and the role of a problematic computer played in the inception of the story. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Gavin Rothery, Director of “Archive”