Documentary

Hot Docs 2021: “Writing with Fire”

Not every story can move us one way or another. Not because we are senseless, heartless or indifferent towards others but because we think no problem is bigger than our own. Then why, one may ask, should I even bother knowing what happens in the rest of the world when my own is in scrambles? […]

Hot Docs 2021: “Writing with Fire”
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Festivals&Academy

Daniel Kaluuya Unintentionally Summed Up Oscars Diversity the Best: There’s Still a Lot of Work to Do

There were high hopes for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)’ 93rd Academy Awards ceremony. For the first time in history, nearly half of the nominees in acting categories were people of color, and 70 women were nominated across all 23 categories. These were unprecedented numbers for an awards show that has existed…

Daniel Kaluuya Unintentionally Summed Up Oscars Diversity the Best: There’s Still a Lot of Work to Do
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Festivals&Academy

A Few Late Thoughts On Last Night’s Oscars

Footage of viewers doing what they had to do to make it through last night’s Oscar ceremony This morning, I woke up and I thought about the cult of Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh is a filmmaker who is fervently adored by some film and cultural critics. They eagerly devour his every thought. They examine his annual […]

A Few Late Thoughts On Last Night’s Oscars
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Festivals&Academy

RANDOM THOUGHTS: The 2021 Oscars

After a crazy year impacted by a pandemic and following a long extended awards season, we finally get to put 2020 to rest with the Academy Awards. Much like the 2020 movie year, Oscar night was unusual – really weird actually. It was a hodgepodge of highs, lows, and downright bewilderment. There were some major […]

RANDOM THOUGHTS: The 2021 Oscars
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Festivals&Academy

2021 Oscar Predictions

List compiled by Eddie on 23/04/2021 The upcoming Academy Awards are going to be an Oscar night unlike any other, a strange reminder of the equally strange world we find ourselves in at the moment but we can be thankful there’s an awards night at all and that despite all the barriers, films continue to […]

2021 Oscar Predictions
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Adventure

The Annie Awards Honor “Soul”

I think it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Soul is going to win the Oscar for Best Animated Film.  I’m not complaining because I really, really liked Soul.  (I also really liked Farmageddon but, sadly, there can only be one winner.)  That said, if Soul needed a boost, it certainly got one from the […]

The Annie Awards Honor Soul
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Festivals&Academy

Indy Film Library launches its 2021/22 season

Week-long online private screening of top films sees second annual Indy Film Library Awards draw to a close Short documentary Histórias de Lobos [Histories of Wolves] voted winner of Audience Choice Award Submissions opened for 2021/22 season of Indy Film Library’s annual contest Over the last two weeks, Indy Film Library (IFL) has been streaming […]

Indy Film Library launches its 2021/22 season
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Festivals&Academy

Oscar Nominated Shorts

Hello friends! Here’s something you may not know but I love watching shorts- especially groups of shorts. There’s something satisfying about watching a little morsel of storytelling whether it be animated, live action or documentary. The only problem is sometimes the Oscar nominated shorts can be tough to get a-hold of but this year they […]

[REVIEWS] Oscar Nominated Shorts
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Documentary

Documentary Review: Superheroes with snouts — “The Truffle Hunters”

In villages in the hill country of extreme northwestern Italy life moves slowly, and can seem to revolve around an elite corps with names like Nina, Birba, Pepe, Leo and Siana, Tina and Jeri, Fiona and Titina. They are the adored dogs with the million Euro noses, “The Truffle Hunters.” Sure, their human partners are […]

Documentary Review: Superheroes with snouts — “The Truffle Hunters”
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Festivals&Academy

26 Asian short films you shouldn’t miss at the 38th Busan International Short Film Festival (Part 1)

These are twenty-six Asian short films you shouldn’t miss at the 38th Busan International Short Film Festival which will take place from April 21st – 26th (2021) in Busan, Korea.

26 Asian short films you shouldn’t miss at the 38th Busan International Short Film Festival (Part 1)
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Festivals&Academy

Movie Review – Beyond The Dream

Beyond The Dream Hong Kong (2019) Dir. Kiwi Chow “I thought love was only true in fairy tales / Meant for someone else, but not for me” This thing called love is a fantasy for some of us, yet, a condition exists which convinces people someone – a celebrity or somebody they know – is […]

Movie Review – Beyond The Dream
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Festivals&Academy

First Glance: “The Night House”

Wasn’t I just saying there has been no shortage of horror movies in 2021? Now Searchlight Pictures is adding one to your watchlist. “The Night House” comes from horror director and fan David Bruckner. It premiered way back at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. With Covid-19 (hopefully) in our rear view the film is finally […]

First Glance: “The Night House”
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Drama

Golden Voices

Golden Voices is a charming little oddity from Belarusian filmmaker Evgeny Ruman, who clearly co-wrote the screenplay (with cinematographer and first-time screenwriter Ziv Berkovich) from experience. Ruman immigrated with his family to Israel in 1990, along with another 185,227 Soviets from the former USSR. 

Golden Voices

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Crime

Movie Review:China’s Oscar contender “Better Days”

“Better Days” is a searing indictment of bullying culture and China’s insanely intense college admissions system, all tucked into a sadly compelling romantic thriller. The added-attention of an Oscar nomination gives a welcome boost to a movie much of the world missed in late 2019, but one well worth enduring and embracing. “Enduring” because Derek […]

Movie Review: Bullying as a romantic thriller — China’s Oscar contender “Better Days”
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Drama

SXSW 2021: “Bantú Mama”

Destiny is a funny thing. When things go from bad to worse, fate plays a trick to change everything in an unthinkable way, to make things happen for the right people at the right time. Emma (Clarisse Albrecht), an Afropean woman, got herself into legal trouble when she was caught transporting drugs in the airport […]

SXSW 2021: “Bantú Mama”
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Drama

SXSW 2021: “Are You Still There?”

Accidents happen on the road. Whether it’s the result of a crash, fight, or just a dead car battery. But what can we do to come out of such a situation? Do we just call for help or try to be proactive and fix the situation by ourselves? It’s hot weather conditions and Safa (Safa […]

SXSW 2021: “Are You Still There?”
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