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Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020
The American Film Market--which this year has been transformed into AFM 2020 Online due to the pandemic--delved into varied topics this week while still managing to make a significant virtual footprint, drawing participants from 78 countries. That’s more nations than any in-person AFM confab in...
Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2020
Though most of the films that have debuted during the pandemic never got to screen for packed movie houses, "Palm Springs" had the kind of premiere filmmakers dream of.
At the Sundance Film Festival in January, the time-loop romantic comedy, starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti drew...
Friday, Jun. 5, 2020
Josephine Decker's prickly, unnerving "Shirley," is set mostly in the Bennington, Vermont, home of the reclusive writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her husband, the literary critic Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). But it also takes place in the gothic, heightened realm of one of...
Thursday, May. 21, 2020
The documentary "The Painter and the Thief" has a few wrinkles to add to the old Picasso adage that great artists steal.
"The Painter and the Thief," by Norwegian filmmaker Benjamin Ree, is about a Czech painter, Barbora Kysilkova, who has two of her paintings stolen from an Oslo gallery...
Saturday, May. 9, 2020
Review: "Spaceship Earth," An Out-of-this World Documentary From Director Matt Wolf, Neon, RadicalMedia
During lockdown, have you taken a moment to appreciate that at least you're not quarantined with eight free-thinking adventurers in a terrarium of depleting oxygen levels?
Matt Wolf's documentary "Spaceship Earth" provides some illuminating context to our shut-in days by going back to the...
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska were in a hard-to-reach area of Northern Macedonia — about as far from the Oscars as possible — when they came upon the beekeeper who would be their subject in their acclaimed documentary "Honeyland."
While working on a short video commissioned by a...
Friday, Jan. 24, 2020
For writer-director Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite (Neon), editor Jinmo Yang has already earned assorted accolades including his first Oscar nomination as well as an ACE Eddie Award win for best edited dramatic feature film. Last May, Parasite won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or...
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019
Bong Joon-ho's film "Parasite" starts in a dingy, half-basement apartment with a family of four barely able to scratch out a life. There must be no place to go but up, right? Yes and no. There's nothing predictable when the South Korean director is on his game.
This dark, socially...
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019
Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite" may be the only film this fall that's already an award-winner and a box-office smash.
"Parasite" will arrive in U.S. theaters Oct. 11 after having already amassed $70.9 million in Bong's native South Korea, where the film notched one of the country's best opening...
Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2019
"Be yourself" is a loaded idea for any 17-year-old, but especially for one Luce (pronounced "loose") Edgar, the title character of director Julius Onah's riveting adaptation of JC Lee's play "Luce ."
In this simmering drama, complex themes of race, privilege, youth, family and parenting...