Film Review: “The Glorias”

Although she is mostly known for her visually extravagant and surreal Broadway theatrical productions and film work, Julie Taymor created a more conventionally structured biopic with her film “The Glorias” (2020). The result is one of her most emotionally resonant works of art, and a further evolution in Taymor's increasingly accomplished cinematic projects. While Taymor's [...]

By |2022-06-25T00:32:33-07:00June 24th, 2022|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: Family Romance, LLC

The German filmmaker Werner Herzog has always been interested in exploring non-Western based cultures, within his larger interest in the tumultuous relationship between nature and man. With his film “Family Romance, LLC” (2019), which is set in Japan with Japanese actors speaking in their own native language, Herzog has once again created a fascinating portrayal [...]

By |2022-04-30T23:17:41-07:00April 30th, 2022|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: Farewell Amor

The immigrant experience has been explored before in film, but “Farewell Amor” (2020) takes the cinematic depiction of immigration to new artistic heights. “Farewell Amor” is the feature debut of the Tanzanian-American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi, and it is an astonishingly assured film that recalls the domestic dramas of such cinematic giants as Yasuiro Ozu and [...]

By |2022-03-25T23:15:13-07:00March 25th, 2022|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: The Power of the Dog

Throughout her filmmaking career, Jane Campion has always examined the theme of societal repression and its effects on an individual, whether it be through the lens of sexuality or psychological issues. While her previous films focused on female characters and their experiences, Campion switches to the male perspective with her staggeringly powerful film “The Power [...]

By |2022-02-20T00:36:05-07:00February 19th, 2022|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: Parasite

Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” (2019) is like the wild and crazy evil twin of Hirokazu Koreeda’s “Shoplifters.” Both films deal with a family in poverty who resort to extreme measures to survive, but their cinematic methods are polar opposites. While “Shoplifters” is a quiet and subtle film, “Parasite” is a rapidly paced and boisterous dark comedy/thriller. [...]

By |2021-12-12T00:25:34-07:00December 12th, 2021|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: An Elephant Sitting Still

It’s rare for a filmmaker to create a masterpiece with their first film. Most filmmakers, from Martin ScorseseMartin Scorsese to David Cronenberg, had to develop their craft with their first few films before making their first great film. The most famous exception to this was Orson Welles, who astonished the cinema world with his classic [...]

By |2021-11-12T23:43:08-07:00November 12th, 2021|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: Sister Tempest

The astonishing film “Sister Tempest” is not for the faint of heart, nor for those with limited imagination. Instead, if you crave films that will sever your carotid arteries, as well as warm up your still beating heart, then the absolutely gonzo and brilliant filmmaker Joe Badon has created something that will satisfy your love [...]

By |2021-10-17T07:30:46-07:00October 17th, 2021|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: Red Post on Escher Street

Before he was a prolific and widely celebrated filmmaker, Sion Sono was a member of the avant-garde, public street performance art group Tokyo Gagaga, where he protested against all forms of authoritarian control. This rebellious spirit never completely left Sono when he began making films, and throughout his career he has experienced his fair share [...]

By |2021-09-28T23:37:22-07:00September 27th, 2021|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: Simple Like Silver

Some horror films operate on a more subtle level, drawing on subconscious fears that all of us share without relying on obvious violence and gore. Films such as Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” Mike Flanagan’s “Doctor Sleep,” and Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad” fall into this category of arthouse horror films, as they slowly build [...]

By |2021-09-20T23:04:05-07:00September 20th, 2021|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: First Cow

As I reflect on Kelly Reichardt’s “First Cow,” which opens in select theaters this weekend, I can’t help but smile on my “first Reichardt” experience, “Certain Women” and the audience reaction to that film. It is important to set the stage for this experience in that I was not a member of the press, so [...]

By |2020-03-13T14:46:07-07:00March 13th, 2020|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments