July 2019

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      What They Stole From Her: Aisling Franciosi on The Nightingale

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      As soon as “The Nightingale” begins, you know you are in the hands of a master filmmaker. You sense that something dire is about to occur, yet not sure where or how the threat will arrive, placing you perpetually on the edge of your...
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        Abbas Kiarostami, the Filmmaker and the Man: an Interview with Godfrey Cheshire

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        Like a lot of American movie fans, my first exposure to the work of the great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami came through the writings of my friend Godfrey Cheshire, a veteran critic and film programmer who's now a contributor to...
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          Video Interview: Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood

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          Quentin Tarantino's has once again gathered a stellar cast that shine in his ninth film. "Once Upon A Time ... in Hollywood," set in the summer of 1969 where joy, fame, culture, violence and tragedy collided.  Leonardo DiCaprio plays down...
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            Skin

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            A middle-aged white man stands on an outdoor stage, addressing an enthusiastic audience, whipping his followers into a frenzy. He says he plans to run for the Ohio state legislature, and his disparagement of Asians, blacks and other minorities...
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              The Mountain

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              In Rick Alverson's "Entertainment," Gregg Turkington plays a standup comedian traveling through the Mojave Desert, doing his bizarre act in small nightclubs. His cousin John (John C. Reilly) attends one of the shows, and in their awkward...
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                Mike Wallace Is Here

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                It would be a complete inaccuracy to say this movie features no talking head interviews. Because it consists of almost nothing but talking head interviews. No outside narration, no on-screen docent to provide set-up or context. And yet, “Mike...
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                  Honeyland

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                  A woman walks alone through the untamed mountains and hills of Macedonia. She says nothing to the camera as she heads to a cliffside spot with no signs -- the directions are known only to her. Our fearless leader, Hatidze, climbs higher and higher...
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                    “I try to find a cinematic language that shifts from the male gaze to the female experience—not the female gaze because for me, as a woman, it’s not ever about the gaze, it’s about the...
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                      Comic-Con 2019: Doctor Who, Walking Dead, and Batman VR Experiences

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                      Due to the new Comic-Con Museum off-site and a four-hour wait for one activation, I wasn't able to fully immerse myself in the demonstrations of video games, especially at Future Tech. But as someone who doesn't spend a lot of time playing video...
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                        Epix’s Pennyworth Tries to Add Depth to Famous Supporting Character

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                        "I thought Pennyworth sounded like a trustworthy name." For decades, that’s about all the character development we needed for Alfred Pennyworth, the always-reliable butler for Bruce Wayne and Batman, memorably played by Alfred Gough in the Tim...