Year: 2021 Runtime: 105 minutes Director: Mia Hansen-Love Writer: Mia Hansen-Love Starring: Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska, Anders Danielsen Lie By Calum Cooper Mia Hansen-Love’s “Bergman Island” (2021) is a soulful ode to the balance and conflicts between art and life. The creative process is one full of struggle and elation, two juxtaposing things that can often occur simultaneously. Whether writing a story or … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: Bergman Island
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
Director Ava DuVernay has, over this last decade, established herself as one of the most important filmmakers in the business, thanks to her incomparable body of work across mediums: from her shocking and vital documentary “13th” on the perpetuation of slavery in the US to the powerful, sensitively constructed series “When They See Us” about the wrongly convicted suspects in the 1989 Central Park Jogger case.
Of all of her work over the last ten years, “Selma” is DuVernay’s very best. The film describes the events leading up to and including the 1965 marches from Selma, Alabama to the state’s capital, Montgomery, conducted by Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) and others, as part of a movement to give African American citizens the opportunity to exercise their right to vote. Continue reading ITOL Top 50 Films of the Decade, Entry No. 9: Selma
In Greek mythology, Cassandra was blessed with seeing true prophesies but she was cursed with never being believed. She foresaw the Greek soldiers hiding in a wooden horse but the Trojans stopped her from hacking it open. She was forced to watch the destruction, knowing it could have been avoided if only they’d have listened.
Such is the fate of teacher Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer) in “Luce” (2019). She sees the warning signs about one of her students, Luce, but is completely dismissed by his parents and other teachers. Continue reading Review: Luce