Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Film Review: “Cold Case Hammarskjöld” Delivers a Brilliant, Brutal Docu-Autopsy

Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Mads Brügger, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from 1953 until his death in a plane crash in Africa. An idealistic and militant soul, the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Visually Stunning “Aquarela” Delivers Soggy Narrative

Aquarela (Viktor Kossakovsky, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. A frequently beautiful meditation on water in all its forms (ice, snow and pure liquid), the new documentary Aquarela achieves its most spectacular narrative effects when placing people at its center. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Interview with Directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert of “American Factory”

I watched directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s powerful new documentary American Factory at the 2019 Maryland Film Festival(after which I reviewed the film at Hammer to Nail) and though I couldn’t interview them there or at AFI DOCS, where … Continue reading

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Interview with Director Alyssa Bolsey and Cinematographer Camilo Lara of BEYOND THE BOLEX

I met with director Alyssa Bolsey and her cinematographer, Camilo Lara, at DOC NYC 2018 to discuss their collaboration on Beyond the Bolex (which I reviewed for Hammer to Nail). The documentary follows Bolsey as she investigates the life and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Life Is Intriguingly Complicated, As Is “Luce”

Luce (Julius Onah, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. In Luce, director Julius Onah makes up for having afflicted The Cloverfield Paradox on us by delivering a gripping, thought-provoking cinematic essay on race, gender, colonialism, class, power and privilege (white … Continue reading

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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

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Film Review: “What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?” Burns but Doesn’t Consume

What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (Roberto Minervini, 2018) 3 out of 4 stars. Italian director Roberto Minervini has, since moving to Texas in 2007, been on a mission to tell elliptical, nuanced stories about both the … Continue reading

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Interview with Director Grant Sputore and Stars Clara Rugaard and Hilary Swank of I AM MOTHER

I met with director Grant Sputore at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to discuss his debut feature I Am Mother (now playing on Netflix, and which I reviewed for Hammer to Nail). I also took part, on the same day, in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fascinating, Complex “Hillbilly“ Champions Truth over Stereotypes

Hillbilly (Sally Rubin/Ashley York, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. What is a hillbilly? Who better to ask than the folks in question, and who better to ask the question than a hillbilly, herself? Filmmaker Ashley York (Tig), born and raised … Continue reading

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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

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