Film Reviews, Historical

REVIEW: Edge of the World (2021)

It should probably be a general rule at this point: if you’re going to make a film set in 19th century Asia with a white protagonist, tread carefully. Edge of the World tells the surprising true story of an Englishman who would become the first…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Zola (2021)

“Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.” With those two simple sentences, the epic poem of Zola was born. Perhaps the first long-form Twitter story to be made into a…

Film Reviews, Romance

TRIBECA REVIEW: 7 Days (2021)

Let’s be real, after the past year and a half, the words “quarantine romance” are probably among the least appealing descriptors a movie could have. But it turns out that there’s an exception to every rule, and it’s not so much that no one should…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Holler (2021)

Everything in Holler is faded, like an old photograph. It’s not only clear that this town’s glory days are well in the rearview mirror: it’s hard to imagine a time when it was ever thriving in the first place. This is an utterly decimated vision…

Film Reviews, Hulu

REVIEW: Plan B (2021)

Over the past few years, there have been a string of female-driven teen comedies about girls grappling with pregnancy scares. It’s a striking commentary on growing up in America, where young women have more options than ever before when it comes to their reproductive health,…

Crime, Documentary, Netflix, TV Reviews

TV REVIEW: The Sons of Sam (2021)

The Son of Sam murders in 1970s New York City are some of the most well-known, the most chilling, in all of true crime. When David Berkowitz was identified as the gunman responsible for the shootings that left seven people dead and several more seriously…

Film Reviews, SXSW 2021

REVIEW: Language Lessons (SXSW 2021)

For most of 2020, filmmakers have been bashing their heads against a wall trying to figure out how to make a movie in the midst of a global pandemic. Traditional sets require safety measures that are cost prohibitive for many independent film productions, so the…

Film Reviews, Historical, War

REVIEW: The Good Traitor (2021)

World War II is the source of countless fascinating dramatic stories. But it doesn’t necessarily follow that every true story from World War II needs to be made into a film. Diplomatic relations don’t always have a dramatic impact that sets the hearts and minds…

Film Reviews, SXSW 2021

REVIEW: Potato Dreams of America (SXSW 2021)

Potato Dreams of America is less a narrative film than it is an exploration of memory. It’s the quasi-autobiographical story of the life of writer/director Wes Hurley, from his childhood in the former Soviet Union, to his young adulthood as a gay immigrant in the…