Featured News
Victoria Alexander

ONCE UPON A TIME…in HOLLYWOOD

Film Poster: ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Really? Not one moment of insight into what happened on Cielo Drive? Tarantino drank the Hollywood Kool-Aid. DiCaprio and Pitt get to hang out and do a lot of driving around. Does writer-director Quentin Tarantino know that the Tate-La Bianca … Continue reading

Share

Film Review: MAIDEN

Film Poster: MAIDEN

Written by: Victoria Alexander

Emotionally exhilarating. MAIDEN is a documentary about Tracy Edwards, the first woman to skipper a yacht with an all -female  crew in the Whitbread Around the World Ocean Race during the 1989 sailing season. MAIDEN is so fascinating that I … Continue reading

Share

Film Review: MIDSOMMAR

Film Poster: MIDSOMMAR

Written by: Victoria Alexander

A stunning, unexpected nightmare for a group of grad students without a clue. Doesn’t leave much room for sympathy for the victims. It’s a clever film worth seeing twice. Director-screenwriter Ari Aster’s HEREDITARY (2018) was certified a hit with critics … Continue reading

Share
Specialty Releases

Film Review: “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” Too Contrived for Its Iconic Star

Written by: Patrick Howard

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Rob Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. There are things in life that are ridiculously overdue; things that have been kept from the general public for far too long. You and I … Continue reading

Share

Film Review: In “Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements,” the Chords of Sound Resonate

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Associate Editor

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (Irene Taylor Brodsky, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Deafness follows director Irene Taylor Brodsky, though she, herself, can hear just fine. The child of deaf parents, she was not surprised when the condition … Continue reading

Share

Film Review: “The Whistler: Origins” Is Brisk, Beguiling, and a bit Baffling

Written by: Matt Patti

The Whistler: Origins (“El Silbón: Orígenes”) (Gisberg Bermudez, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Cultural folktales seem to be the horror genre’s newest obsession. They’re coming in all varieties it seems, from mainstream supernatural jump-scare-fests like The Curse of La … Continue reading

Share
Industry Advice

Book Shelf 2017: The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking

Written by: Rob Goald, Senior Editor

The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING By Dan Mirvish Routledge/Taylor & Francis A Focal Press Book New York 2017    Learning how to produce ultra-low-budget feature films is a demanding and complicated task. Even earning a bachelor’s degree in Film, … Continue reading

Share

At Tribeca Film Institute, a Treasure Trove for Indie and Emerging Filmmakers

Tribeca Film Institute

Written by: Christopher Llewellyn Reed

In Lower Manhattan, bordered on the west by the Hudson River, the east by Broadway, the north by Canal Street, and on the south by the World Trade Center site, lies the neighborhood known as Tribeca (formerly spelled “TriBeCa,” each … Continue reading

Share

How Celebrities Can Manage The Pressures Of Hollywood

Written by: Stan Popovich

Many celebrities deal with the pressures of Hollywood on a regular basis. Here are some suggestions on how to manage the stresses and anxieties of dealing with peer pressure when working in Hollywood. 1. Know Where You Stand. Ask yourself … Continue reading

Share

Film Review: “Downton Abbey” Is an Entertaining Trifle

Downton Abbey (Michael Engler, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. What, one may ask, was I thinking, attending a screening of a film pitched as the final chapter of an episodic series I had never watched? After six seasons of … Continue reading

Share

Film Review: Mostly Entertaining “Hustlers” Settles for Lap Dances over Principles

Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria, 2019) 2½ out of 4 stars. While I understand the appeal of strip clubs to (some) human males, I have never understood their cultural mainstreaming. While I would never want them to become illegal – in my opinion, … Continue reading

Share

Film Review: “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” Loses Its Cinematic Way

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Richard Linklater, 2019) 1½ out of 4 stars. I am such a diehard fan of actress Cate Blanchett (Carol) that I would watch her in just about anything, including a film about paint drying. I also … Continue reading

Share

Film Review: “Blinded by the Light” Is a Syrupy Sweet Tribute to the Boss

Film Poster: BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

Blinded by the Light (Gurinder Chadha) 2 out of 4 stars. Most can look back at their lives and pinpoint a time in which they had a sort of spiritual awakening through the discovery of some band or song. I … Continue reading

Share

Film Review: “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” Finds Cinematic Treasure

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (James Bobin, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. I came to this movie cold, without any experience with its source material, the popular animated Nickelodeon series Dora the Explorer. That show, which began airing … Continue reading

Share