Author Archives: Alyssa

Here Comes the….Film Festival…. Judge!

You wrote your screenplay.  You finished your film.  Unless you are under contract or can finance production immediately, your next step is to probably enter it into a film festival. So you go on Film Freeway and look at the … Continue reading

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Review: Beasts of No Nation

***1/2 OUT OF 4 Filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga (“Sin Nombre”, “Jane Eyre”, “True Detective”, Season One) makes an amazing film about a civil war in an unnamed African country as seen through the eyes of a bright, carefree casualty of … Continue reading

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National Board of Review Selects Winners for 2015

The National Board of Review has selected “Mad Max-FuryRoad” as the best pic of 2015. Here are the full list of winners. Best Film: “Mad Max: Fury Road” Best Director: Ridley Scott, “The Martian” Best Actor: Matt Damon, “The Martian” … Continue reading

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Review: Spotlight

**** OUT OF 4      Director Tom McCarthy ((“The Station Agent”, “The Visitor”) has created a stunning and engrossingly detailed account of The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer-Prize winning investigation of pervasive pedophilia within the Catholic Church. Modeled in many ways like … Continue reading

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Investigative Film Festival & Symposium

With thousands of film festivals scattered throughout the world, the immediate question becomes, “Do we need yet another entry into a already overcrowded festival landscape?”  After attending the inaugural 3-day “Double Exposure-Investigative Film Festival & Symposium” held in the nation’s … Continue reading

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Review: Goodnight, Mommy

by VICTORIA ALEXANDER……If you missed The Babadook and It Follows last year, do not miss Goodnight, Mommy. A terrific, fresh thriller. If you are not a fan of foreign language films, you are missing an element of real life that … Continue reading

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Do Film & Musical cultural patterns repeat themselves…?

Part I:  The Cultural Music Cycle     Attempts at predicting the future with some type of scientific system have been prepared as far back as 3,500 BC with Sumerian astronomy (Aaboe, 1991) forecasting the best time to plant crops … Continue reading

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Review: ROOM

Director Lenny Abrahamson is an award-winning filmmaker (Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, 2007) from Ireland whose latest work is a stunning adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s hit 2010 novel titled simply “Room”. The film is defined by its eponymous location   and the … Continue reading

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Review: SPECTRE

SPECTRE Terrific and perfect. Challenges Casino Royale as my favorite. Craig delivers a farewell – even the signature gun barrel sequence as an opening* – with everything but gratitude now that it’s “supposedly” over for him. I was required to … Continue reading

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Review: JOBS

Fassbender gives a brilliant, electrifying performance. Its fast, its brutal and it is an enthralling movie. There are only two historical figures who will never be redeemed or have movies made about their lives explaining the psychological factors, i.e., their … Continue reading

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