Category Archives: Festivals&Academy

Drive My Car and Nicolas Cage Win In Seattle

On Monday, the Seattle Film Critics Society announced their picks for the best of 2021 and it was another victory for Drive My Car and Pig‘s Nicolas Cage! Best Picture of the Year CODA (Apple TV+) Drive My Car (Janus Films) Dune (Warner Bros.) The Green Knight (A24) In the Heights (Warner Bros.) Licorice Pizza (MGM/United Artists Releasing) Pig (NEON) The Power […]

Drive My Car and Nicolas Cage Win In Seattle

The Power of the Dog Wins In North Dakota!

On Monday, the North Dakota Film Society announced their picks for the best of 2021 and it led to another victory for The Power of the Dog! Here are all the winners in North Dakota: Best Picture FLEE (Monia Hellstrom and Signe Byrge Sorensen) THE FRENCH DISPATCH (Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson and Steven Rales) LICORICE PIZZA (Paul Thomas […]

The Power of the Dog Wins In North Dakota!

Musical Masterpiece: Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story”

I remember the first time I saw “West Side Story.” I watched the 1961 film during class at my Catholic elementary school decades later — on a square TV on a rolling cart — and it was transformative. I immediately loved the music, choreography, dancing, characters, and storytelling. I watch that version from time to […]

Musical Masterpiece: Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story”

Here Are the 2021 Nominations of the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics!

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics have announced their nominees for the best of 2021!  The winners will be announced tomorrow so that means you have exactly one day to see all the nominees.  GET TO IT! Best Film Belfast The Green Knight The Power of the Dog tick, tick…BOOM! West Side Story Best Director […]

Here Are the 2021 Nominations of the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics!

The National Board of Review Names Licorice Pizza The Best of 2021

The National Board of Review just announced their picks for the best of 2021 and, while many thought they might go with West Side Story or The Power of the Dog, the NBR instead announced that their pick for Best Picture was Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza! In fact, Power of the Dog went curiously […]

The National Board of Review Names Licorice Pizza The Best of 2021

ARCHIPELAGO (ARCHIPEL)

Reporting from the Denver Film Festival. The animation is stunning. Fluid lines connect all different styles and textures: pencil drawings, cutouts, and computer-generated images. Some of them are on black backgrounds; some of them overlap archival footage of Montreal—the second-largest French-speaking city in the universe—and the thousands of islands that make up the archipelago. Over […]

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BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN

Reporting from the Denver Film Festival. It opens with sex: Explicit, hardcore sex in the bedroom. The woman before the camera is Emilia (Katia Pascariu), a teacher at a local private school. The man holding the camera is Eugene (Stefan Steel), Emilia’s husband. Looking to spice up a regular evening of rumpy-pumpy, they pull out […]

BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN

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Titane is a complex film, one that doesn’t hold back in its portrayal of unconditional love. The bold and sometimes intense imagery of the human body put on display in the film is an unwavering/uncompromising vision. That is the vision of the director, Julia Ducournau. Released to critical acclaim and even winning the palm’d’or at the […]

‘Titane’ and the Politics of Dancing

‘As in Heaven’ Review: “The Curse of Femininity”

The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off with a rocky start. However, the first films to initiate the festival were anything but disappointing. As in Heaven (Du som er i himlen), Tea Lindeburg’s directorial debut, was nothing short of an artistic dream. On a farm in the 1800s, a young 14-year-old girl named Lise (Flora […]

‘As in Heaven’ Review: “The Curse of Femininity”

TIFF 2021: “Dear Evan Hansen”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5. There are always moments when we think we are misunderstood, blamed and judged for something we had nothing to do with. Also, people think if we are emotional, loud and extremely cheerful or angry from the outside, we are bad and should be ignored. Evan Hansen (reprising his role […]

TIFF 2021: “Dear Evan Hansen”