CIFF 2021- “Oscar Micheaux: The Superhero of Black Filmmaking” Doesn’t Save the Day: Film Capsule Review

Despite the eye-catching title that seems intended for the masses, Oscar Micheaux: The Superhero of Black Filmmaking is as dry as documentaries come. Unlike Micheaux’s works, the film lacks passion, evoking memories of rote academic material found in a film studies classroom. There no doubting that Micheaux is the godfather of Black American cinema. HisContinue reading “CIFF 2021- “Oscar Micheaux: The Superhero of Black Filmmaking” Doesn’t Save the Day: Film Capsule Review”

CIFF 2021- “A Cop Movie” and The Problem With Narrative-Doc Hybrids: Film Capsule Review

A Cop Movie initially seems like a brilliant endeavor to explore the state of Mexico’s police system through the combination of narrative and documentary storytelling. It allows director Alonso Ruizpalacios to develop several fantastic sequences as Teresa and Montoya break the fourth wall while on the job to share their experiences. However as the twoContinue reading “CIFF 2021- “A Cop Movie” and The Problem With Narrative-Doc Hybrids: Film Capsule Review”

LPFF 2021- “Golden Voices” Reminds Us of the Importance of Being Heard: Film Capsule Review

On Friday, October 22, 2021 at the 20th Annual Lake Placid Film Festival, the audience attending Golden Voices was pleasantly reminded what it means to listen to your own voice, even when surrounded by the pressures of societal norms and completely new surroundings.  The film follows Raya (Mariya Belkina) and Victor (Vladimir Friedman) Frenkel, anContinue reading “LPFF 2021- “Golden Voices” Reminds Us of the Importance of Being Heard: Film Capsule Review”

Lake Placid Film Festival 2021- “The Novice” Is An Expertly Crafted Sports Thriller: Film Capsule Review

The Novice made me frustrated that there isn’t a rowing subgenre like there is for basketball and boxing flicks. Director Lauren Hadaway allows the rigor and difficulty level for rowing to be on full display here. Not only does the audience learn about the core techniques and terms associated with the sport, we also visually experienceContinue reading “Lake Placid Film Festival 2021- “The Novice” Is An Expertly Crafted Sports Thriller: Film Capsule Review”

CIFF 2021: “Paris, 13th District” and Cellular Connection: Film Capsule Review

For nearly all of America’s history, sexual encounters have been labeled as taboo in the media and are obsolete from the majority of Hollywood films today. From a Western perspective, Paris, 13th District is so refreshing as it never shies away from the fact that humans are sexual beings that crave to be desired. TheContinue reading “CIFF 2021: “Paris, 13th District” and Cellular Connection: Film Capsule Review”

CIFF 2021- “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 2021- “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”