CIFF- “Madeleine Collins” Is a Twisty, Adulterous Thriller: Film Capsule Review

After a near century of cinema villainizing the cheating woman, Antoine Barraud’s Madeleine Collins is part of a new wave of films that seek recontextualize the age old trope. We initially find Judith (Virginie Efira) struggling to maintain her double life; one with her two boys and famous conductor husband, Melvil (Bruno Salomone), and theContinue reading “CIFF- “Madeleine Collins” Is a Twisty, Adulterous Thriller: Film Capsule Review”

CIFF 2021- “Nobody Has To Know” Shouldn’t Be Forgotten: Film Capsule Review

Amnesic romances have been explored plenty in the comedy realm, from Overboard (the 1987 original and the 2018 remake) to 50 First Dates. However, it’s incredibly rare to see such a subdued and dramatic take on the trope like is depicted in Nobody Has To Know. When Phil (Bouli Lanners) a farm worker in ScotlandContinue reading “CIFF 2021- “Nobody Has To Know” Shouldn’t Be Forgotten: Film Capsule Review”

CIFF 2021- “Mothering Sunday” is Naked and Afraid of Intimacy: Film Capsule Review

Despite the passionate lovemaking between Paul (Josh O’Connor) and Jane (Odessa Young) during their sordid affair in Post WW1 Britain, Mothering Sunday fails to expose their vulnerabilities. The romance that holds a vice grip on Paul and Jane’s lives feels like nothing more than a period equivalent of a friends with benefits situation. Helen Scott’sContinue reading “CIFF 2021- “Mothering Sunday” is Naked and Afraid of Intimacy: Film Capsule Review”

CIFF 2021- “Hit the Road” Is the Best Directorial Debut of the Year: Film Capsule Review

Move aside Green Book! Panah Panahi’s Hit the Road is the most emotionally-impactful road trip films of recent memory and quite possibly the best directorial debut of the year. A slightly mysterious family road trip across the rugged Iranian landscape proves to be fertile ground for heart, humor, and pangs of sorrow. The extreme wide,Continue reading “CIFF 2021- “Hit the Road” Is the Best Directorial Debut of the Year: Film Capsule Review”

CIFF 2021- The Unrelenting Prison System in “107 Mothers”: Capsule Film Review

There may be nothing more full of warmth and care than that of a mother. In Péter Kerekes’ gripping feature, 107 Mothers, this immense power of love is put up against one of the most unrelenting forces in the world: The prison system. Every tender act of motherhood is depicted as cold and clinical, fromContinue reading “CIFF 2021- The Unrelenting Prison System in “107 Mothers”: Capsule Film Review”

CIFF 2021- “Mayor Pete” Is A Political Revolution on Zoloft : Capsule Film Review

Mayor Pete follows in the same vein as political underdog documentaries Knock Down the House and Weiner. However, director Jesse Moss’ latest feature lacks the plucky spirit of those films. Mayor Pete‘s more laid-back pacing as it follows South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential run reflects the candidate’s own personality. But the relatively calmContinue reading “CIFF 2021- “Mayor Pete” Is A Political Revolution on Zoloft : Capsule Film Review”

CIFF 2021- “The Syed Family Xmas Eve Game Night”- Capsule Review

Competition and family tensions run high in Fawzia Mirza’s delightful Muslim-LGBTQ holiday short film, The Syed Family Xmas Eve Game Night. When Noor brings home her Puerto Rican girlfriend, Luz, for the annual game night, the Syed family’s traditions will be challenged as they learn to accept Luz into their clan. Even despite its 12Continue reading “CIFF 2021- “The Syed Family Xmas Eve Game Night”- Capsule Review”

CIFF 2021- “Bergman Island” and the Commodification of an Icon: Film Review

There is no doubt that Ingmar Bergman was one of the most talented individuals to ever work in the film industry. From Persona to The Seventh Seal to Scenes From a Marriage, Bergman’s work is still discussed and analyzed today. Yet Bergman Island ponders the divergence and distortion between art and artist and how theContinue reading “CIFF 2021- “Bergman Island” and the Commodification of an Icon: Film Review”

NIGHTSTREAM 2021- “Name Above Title” and The Sociopathic Superstar: Film Review

In a world where names are essential to our self-identity, director Carlos Conceição strips his characters down to their occupation in his latest film, Name Above Title. Despite the film’s title, we the audience never discover what the protagonist’s actual name is due to the dialogue free nature of the film. In lieu of a nameContinue reading “NIGHTSTREAM 2021- “Name Above Title” and The Sociopathic Superstar: Film Review”

NIGHTSTREAM 2021- The Sun Doesn’t Shine on “Cosmic Dawn”: Film Review

If there’s one universal truth among all people, it’s that we all want to feel like we belong. Aurora (Camille Rowe) has been in search of that truth ever since her mother was taken from her when Aurora was just a youth. Aurora insists that her mother was taken by aliens, but everyone around herContinue reading “NIGHTSTREAM 2021- The Sun Doesn’t Shine on “Cosmic Dawn”: Film Review”