AFI Fest 2021- “Simple As Water” and The Poignancy of Normalcy: Film Capsule Review

In an era of 24-hour news cycles, it’s easy to become numb to plights of those across the globe and compartmentalize these worldwide struggles into a single statistic. That’s why it is so essential for films like Simple As Water to continue to be produced. Rather than looking at the Syrian refuge crisis as aContinue reading “AFI Fest 2021- “Simple As Water” and The Poignancy of Normalcy: Film Capsule Review”

DOC NYC 2021- “Cusp” Is A Window Into Teenage Womanhood: Film Capsule Review

A cross between The Last Picture Show and Eighth Grade, Cusp focuses on the the lives of three Texas high school sophomores as they venture into a world filled with drugs, alcohol, and toxic masculinity. The level of access directors Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt have to these young women is astounding and provides aContinue reading “DOC NYC 2021- “Cusp” Is A Window Into Teenage Womanhood: Film Capsule Review”

DOC NYC 2021- “Young Plato” Is Educationally Inspiring: Film Capsule Review

With his Elvis Presley bobblehead and half completed Rubik’s Cube, Kevin McArevey sets out to enrich the lives of the Belfast youth through his position as headmaster at the Holy Cross Boys Academy. Young Plato truly captures the passion behind McArevey’s decision to educate elementary students on basic philosophy. In an environment where, for decades,Continue reading “DOC NYC 2021- “Young Plato” Is Educationally Inspiring: Film Capsule Review”

“Red Notice” is 2021’s Biggest Money Pit: Film Review

160-200 million dollars. That’s how much Netflix spent on globetrotting adventure flick Red Notice, the streamer’s biggest spending push into the feature film space. However, after watching director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s latest film, you may feel like one of The Bishop’s (Gal Gadot) latest victims, asking yourself, “Where did all the money go?” Besides aContinue reading ““Red Notice” is 2021’s Biggest Money Pit: Film Review”

“Dead & Beautiful”- A Slow Burn Subversion of the Vampire Film: Film Review

Just over a decade ago, Hollywood revitalized the classic vampire through the gaze of beautiful teenagers with media like Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries. Dead & Beautiful builds upon these established tropes to deliver a film that truly upends the vampire feature as we know it. Director David Verbeek’s latest feature revolves aroundContinue reading ““Dead & Beautiful”- A Slow Burn Subversion of the Vampire Film: Film Review”

“Nightshooters” Is An Action-Packed Misfire: Film Review

Nightshooters‘ logline carries a great deal of potential. A low budget film crew witnessing a mob hit in a deserted industrial complex sounds like the perfect mix of Die Hard and One Cut of the Dead. Unfortunately, writer-director Marc Price struggles to deliver the promise of the premise. Marc Price does exhibit the qualities ofContinue reading ““Nightshooters” Is An Action-Packed Misfire: Film Review”

“The Beta Test” Is the Algorithmic “Eyes Wide Shut” for the Me-Too Era: Film Review

Over the last several years, writing, acting and directing triple threat, Jim Cummings, has grinded away on two indie films that have gained a small cult following: Thunder Road and The Wolf of Snow Hollow. However, despite its title, The Beta Test is anything but an experiment. This film is the culmination of Cummings’ previousContinue reading ““The Beta Test” Is the Algorithmic “Eyes Wide Shut” for the Me-Too Era: Film Review”

LPFF 2021- “I’m Your Man” Is “When Harry Met Sally” For Nerds: Film Capsule Review

Can an anthropomorphic algorithm make the perfect romantic partner? That’s the hypothetical question that director Maria Schrader seeks to answer in light sci-fi rom-com I’m Your Man. A cross between Ex Machina and a Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally) film, I’m Your Man follows, Tom (Dan Stevens), an programmed android who wants to feelContinue reading “LPFF 2021- “I’m Your Man” Is “When Harry Met Sally” For Nerds: Film Capsule Review”

LPFF 2021- The Power of Passionate Conversation in “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”: Film Capsule Review

While its title may spark mental images of dragons or Vanna White, RyĆ»suke Hamaguchi’s Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is a simple and unassuming trio of momentary romances. There are no flashy shots or edits on display in this feature. Instead, Hamaguchi allows the conversations between the couples to shine, in what feels like anContinue reading “LPFF 2021- The Power of Passionate Conversation in “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy”: Film Capsule Review”

LPFF 2021- “The Humans” Is A Post-9/11 Allegorical Bore: Film Capsule Review

With an all-star cast consisting of Steven Yeun, Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Jayne Houdyshell, and June Squibb navigating familial anxieties in a post-9/11 society, The Humans sounds like an independent home run. Sadly, Stephen Karam’s directorial debut is so concerned with creating an accurate New York City apartment environment, that it forgets aboutContinue reading “LPFF 2021- “The Humans” Is A Post-9/11 Allegorical Bore: Film Capsule Review”