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, Ry├╗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”

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┬ámade 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”

Lake Placid Film Festival 2021- “Your Shorts Are Showing” and Festival Preview

A seemingly laid-back Eric P. Granger, the Director of the Lake Placid Film Festival’s (LPFF) 2021 Shorts Program, welcomed those who made the trek out to the storied festival. Considering the pandemic, the unfavorable weather conditions and the massive construction underway on Main Street, it would be understandable if those like Granger and Festival Coordinator,Continue reading “Lake Placid Film Festival 2021- “Your Shorts Are Showing” and Festival Preview”