Drama, Film Reviews, Romance, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Sylvie’s Love (Sundance 2020)

The ingredients of Sylvie’s Love are unbelievably promising: – the late 50s/early 60s New York setting, the sumptuous production and costume design, jazz music combined with a stunning orchestral score, Tessa Thompson, romance – all of this is pretty much tailor-made to appeal directly to…

Drama, Fantasy, Film Reviews, Foreign, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Jumbo (Sundance 2020)

Definitely one of the ‘buzzy’ films of Sundance 2020 before the festival even started, simply from having such a crazy-sounding concept – Jumbo ends up being much more than it’s ridiculous-sounding premise. This is largely down to the central performance by Noemie Merlant – fresh…

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: Luxor (Sundance 2020)

Zeina Durra returns to Sundance after a ten year absence with her second feature film Luxor. Centred around a typically hypnotic performance from Andrea Riseborough, the film follows Hana, who is fresh from her work as a doctor on the Jordan/Syria border, finding respite in…

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…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Wander Darkly (Sundance 2020)

Tara Miele’s “Wander Darkly” sprinkles artful turbulence into an already ailing romance between Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna), a couple on the brink of collapse after a child and new home. The things that would normally excite and relish a romance are weighing…