Premise: “In A New York Minute” follows three strangers connected by a single pregnancy test. Amy is haunted by a past breakup that has manifested into an eating disorder. Angel is caught between a loveless marriage to an American businessman and a passionate affair with a Chinese writer. Nina moonlights as an escort in order to support herself.
Premise: A lonely 14-year-old, Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness. Deprived of attention from her family, she spends her time finding meaning in the love and friendships of her peers. When Young-ji, a new teacher, arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her.
In part 1 of our coverage of the 28th Heartland Film Festival, I review the 100% Indiana epic thriller, Whelm, and I interview several filmmakers and guests on the HIFF red carpets, including a quick chat with Brendan Fraser!
Premise: An alternative high school in small-town Indiana is the last, best chance for four struggling teens to earn a diploma. Their dedicated school administrator holds out hope that this is the year they can overcome their obstacles. A heartbreaking and hopeful portrait of teens trying to rise above their circumstances.
Premise: It’s Man Camp weekend, the few days every year when brothers Adam, Tim, and Kevin head to the family cabin to memorialize their dad. When they arrive to discover their mom with some new guy she apparently plans on marrying, the trip becomes a wild test to determine his worthiness.
Premise: “Whelm” is a thriller set deep in the Great Depression where two estranged brothers get tangled in a rivalry between a legendary bank robber and an eccentric young criminal. Through a series of bizarre occurrences, they find they are part of a larger historic scheme.
Premise: “Going Attractions” celebrates the splendor and grandeur of the great cinemas of the United States, built when movies were the acme of entertainment and the stories were larger than life, as were the venues designed to show them.
Premise: Football and feminism collide in this documentary that follows former NFL cheerleaders battling the league to end wage theft and illegal employment practices that have persisted for 50 years.Continue reading →
Premise: Drawing upon an immense home video archive, Sasha Joseph Neulinger exposes the family secret which destroyed his world. The camera that followed his footsteps from the day he was born also captured the story of an unraveling childhood, a high-stakes court battle, and a generational reckoning.
Premise: A deliciously twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members are swapper in more ways than one in this competition for acceptance.
In part 4 of our coverage of the 27th Heartland Film Festival, I review the closing night film Care to Laugh, interview the filmmakers, and then Kyrsten and I interview several filmmakers who have films screening at this year’s festival on the awards night red carpet!
Closing out a long first day of Disney+. Really impressed with the service itself.This was my first time seeing Bambi. Admittedly, I was pretty tired but I liked it pretty well. Classic Disney 2D animation is just gorgeous.
Hadn't seen this in many years. Obviously holds up spectacularly well and is absolutely one of my favorite movies of all time.Funny story, though. A week and a half ago I saw a local production of Hamlet for the first time. Then, today, while watching The Lion King, I remembered it was pretty much a retelling of a Shakespeare play. I, someone who just s […]
Jennifer Kent's follow up to her highly acclaimed (and rightfully so) horror movie, The Babadook, is a daring revenge tale set against the backdrop of 1825 Tasmanian Wilderness.At times, The Nightingale is very hard to watch as it has numerous rape sequences and graphic violence throughout. It's not gratuitous but it's still hard to watch.Aisl […]
El Camino is a surprisingly excellent coda to the Breaking Bad story and strong conclusion to Jesse Pinkman's character arc. At times it gets a little close to being too much of a stroll down memory lane rather than its own story. But Aaron Paul's performance is as incredible as expected.It's also such a treat to see Jesse Plemmons return to t […]