Interviews, Sundance 2020

INTERVIEW: ‘Amulet’ Director Romola Garai

Romola Garai has been acting for twenty years and is known for her roles in period pieces such as Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Vanity Fair, Atonement, Emma, The Hour and Suffragette. She now makes her feature film directorial debut with the Gothic and Folk horror-inspired…

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…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: The Reason I Jump (Sundance 2020)

Based on the book written by Naoki Higashida, a 13-year-old boy with autism, Jerry Rothwell’s “The Reason I Jump” is a multilayered, immersive landscape into the lives of people living with a nonspeaking autistic condition. Narrated with passages from Higashida’s book, viewers are invited to…

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, Horror, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Amulet (Sundance 2020)

There has been something of a resurgence in Gothic-inspired dramas in recent years – with such films as the Du Maurier adaptation My Cousin Rachel (and we have a new version of Rebecca coming this year, directed by Ben Wheatley), The Little Stranger (based on…

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…