SXSW Online 2021 Review: “R#J”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 91 minutes Director: Carey Williams Writers: Rickie Castaneda, Oleksii Sobolev, Carey Williams Stars: Camaron Engels, Francesca Noel, Russell Hornsby, Jacob Ming-Trent By Valerie Kalfrin What light on yonder smartphone breaks? Director Carey Williams brings Shakespeare’s classic star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet into the digital age with “R#J,” a feature that retells their forbidden romance through texts, FaceTime, and other social media touches. … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 Review: “R#J”

Fantasia Festival Review: Shakespeare’s Shitstorm

Kaufman stars as Prospero, a talented yet increasingly unhinged scientist, who is exiled away to Tromaville, New Jersey with his blind daughter Miranda (Kate McGarrigle) thanks to his carelessness in cultural appropriation, his double-crossing sister (also played by Kaufman) and greedy pharmaceutical execs headed by Big Al (Abraham Spencer). Despite his humongous wealth (amusingly given away as $225 million), Prospero buys a crackhouse from a bunch of prostitutes and seeks refuge there to bide his time until the opportune moment. Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: Shakespeare’s Shitstorm

Review: Ophelia

Despite being one of Shakespeare’s most notable heroines, Ophelia has unfortunately been lost in the heavily male-driven narrative of “Hamlet”. However, Claire McCarthy’s “Ophelia” will give her, and many other neglected female characters, their long-deserved voice. Starring Daisy Ridley as the titular character and Naomi Watts as Queen Gertrude, this film is equally empowering and inspiring.  Continue reading Review: Ophelia