Film Reviews, Horror

REVIEW: Titane (2021)

[slight plot spoilers ahead] Titane is a depraved journey, no doubt. Julia Ducournau is quickly cementing herself as a genre filmmaker with the guts to shock and stimulate viewers no matter how deviant the premise. Ducournau shifts from coming-of-age cannibalism in her debut with Raw,…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Some Kind of Heaven (Sundance 2020)

Lance Oppenheim’s “Some Kind of Heaven” illustrates the multiplex “fountain of youth” streaming through the lives of those living within The Villages, Florida’s largest, well-equipped retirement community. It feels like a perfect examination, given Oppenheim is in his twenties, that the documentary observes the idiosyncracies…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: The Nowhere Inn (Sundance 2020)

“The Nowhere Inn,” the feature directorial debut from Bill Benz, is a meta, off-kilter and puckish study of reality, friendship and the fictionalized enigma of celebrity. The film is co-written by Carrie Brownstein and Annie Clark, who star in the film, a rogue documentary of sorts…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Mucho Mucho Amor (Sundance 2020)

“Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” is the spiritually healing and fascinating documentary on famed Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado. Directed by Cristina Constantini and Kareem Tabsch, the Netflix film follows Mercado’s life, a wanderer of life, astrology and joy, who appeared in…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: The Dissident (Sundance 2020)

“The Dissident,” Bryan Fogel’s follow up to his Oscar-winning documentary, “Icarus,” is a gripping and condemning account circling the murder of Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. On its surface, the film is a detailed report on the politically fueled narrative surrounding the ordered killing of…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Welcome to Chechnya (Sundance 2020)

Trigger Warning: Description of anti-gay violence as documented within the reviewed film. David France, a journalist-turned-documentarian, puts a lens on another human rights issue in “Welcome to Chechnya,” one of this year’s Sundance Film Festival’s most searing and urgent documentaries. Albeit a cheerful title, this…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Beast Beast (Sundance 2020)

Danny Madden’s “Beast Beast” is a striking, smart narrative film with guts to say something bold in the age of the internet. It stars Shirley Chen in a full length feature, derived from Madden’s 2018 SXSW-premiering short, “Krista” in which she stars as the titular…