A quiet and meditative documentary from Korea, PLANET OF SNAIL by director Seungiun Yi, is wowing audiences at Silverdocs. The film achieves a kind of ethereal poetry of conscious awareness as it depicts the special relationship between the blind/deaf poet Seungiun Yi and his devoted wife who serves as his guide in the sighted world. Through visually striking imagery and intimate detail, we see what it takes to forge a life of creative productivity without the ability to see or hear. The poet insists that his limitations in one area only heightens his awareness in others, and this contemplative perspectives offers audiences not only a personalized view of what some may dub a “disability” but also an alarmingly intimate sensation of the powers of the mind and the longing of the spirit.
Grade: A- Greta Gerwig is one of the most underrated talents working in movies today. Not only has she given one great performance after another, but she’s also consistently taking on roles that define Generation Y. She acted as the … Continue reading
Dostoyevsky, Kant, Sartre and the standard Woody Allen May-December romance. Reaffirms Allen’s belief that intellect wins the ladies. Do you have a moral curfew? If you could go back in time, would you baby Hitler to save millions of … Continue reading
First-time director Maya Forbes uses her life story to craft a poignant tale of growing up with a manic depressive, father in Boston. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) delivers an Oscar-quality performance as Cam Stuart, the “polar bear”-a child’s way of saying … Continue reading