Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Lynch/Oz’ Contextualizes the Master and the Masterpiece

The exploration of how art influences the artist often seems to be a fruitful endeavor. After all, we do not wake up one morning and decide to create out of thin air. An idea permeates our mind, our soul, and our emotions. It burrows its way into our minds until there is no way forward … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Lynch/Oz’ Contextualizes the Master and the Masterpiece

Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’ Anoints a New Star Director Through a Dark Mystery

There are few filmmakers capable of changing their careers overnight. However, the arrival of Missing at Fantastic Fest 2022 may do just that for Shinzô Katayama. Missing lands at the festival as an explosive breakthrough. After working with Bong Joon Ho on a pair of films as his assistant director, Katayama made his own debut … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Missing’ Anoints a New Star Director Through a Dark Mystery

Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘A Life on the Farm’ Foregrounds Earnest Amateurism

Colloquial use of “found footage” conditioned most audiences to expect horror stories. Yet not all abandoned or forgotten footage drives audiences to nightmares. In fact, most home movies provide unique, unfiltered visions of a family. The life of the mundane rarely feels cinematic when we live it. Yet, for Charles Carson, his absurd honesty and … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘A Life on the Farm’ Foregrounds Earnest Amateurism

TIFF 2022: ‘My Imaginary Country’ Dissects 50 Years of Chilean Political History

Director Patricio Guzmán may not be a household name. Yet his documentary series, The Battle of Chile, made him one of the principal figures in capturing Chilean history on film. After being on the ground to capture the beginnings of the Allende revolution and the rise of Pinochet, Guzmán’s more than proved his credibility. Yet … Continue reading TIFF 2022: ‘My Imaginary Country’ Dissects 50 Years of Chilean Political History

TIFF 22: ‘While We Watched’ Tells an Urgent Tale

The rising tide of nationalism is not a unique event in the global marketplace. In Greece, the Golden Dawn rose to power at an alarming rate. In the United States, the MAGA movement and Trumpism have created deep political rifts. For India, the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become its own hot button … Continue reading TIFF 22: ‘While We Watched’ Tells an Urgent Tale

TIFF 2022: ‘The Umbrella Men’ Delivers a Flawed But Fun Heist Adventure

When jumping into a genre as defined as the heist film, you must bring something unique to the table. In the case of The Umbrella Men, a South African caper from John Barker, we are introduced to an entirely new world. Featuring a unique background in terms of place and style, Barker crafts a fun … Continue reading TIFF 2022: ‘The Umbrella Men’ Delivers a Flawed But Fun Heist Adventure

Telluride 2022 Lineup Announced! ‘Bardo,’ ‘Empire of Light,’ and ‘Women Talking’ Among the Lineup

Perhaps the most influential film festival in the awards season, The Telluride film festival returns for another year. The festival has long been a strong predictor of Best Picture, with winners like Moonlight, The Shape of Water, and Spotlight all playing the festival. See the 2022 lineup below, where we can expect to find several … Continue reading Telluride 2022 Lineup Announced! ‘Bardo,’ ‘Empire of Light,’ and ‘Women Talking’ Among the Lineup

Miami International Film Festival or the Miami GEMS Festival – Which One is For You?

While the film festival world often works on an annual schedule, the Miami International Film Festival broke tradition years ago. Unlike other festivals, MIFF holds one major festival in the Spring (after Sundance but before Cannes), and then holds a second festival, known as the Miami GEMS Festival, in Fall. The two festivals serve different … Continue reading Miami International Film Festival or the Miami GEMS Festival – Which One is For You?

2022 Florida Film Festival Award Winners – ‘Sirens,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Uganda,’ and ‘Path of the Panther’ Win Big

On April 18th, the Florida Film Festival announced its winners. They provide Jury Awards, as well as audience awards in many categories. This allows filmmakers to be judged by their peers or industry professionals, and also receive feedback from audiences attending the festival in person. The “Special Jury” awards signify a specific aspect of a … Continue reading 2022 Florida Film Festival Award Winners – ‘Sirens,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Uganda,’ and ‘Path of the Panther’ Win Big

Top 3 Movies of the 2022 Florida Film Festival

This year, we had the opportunity to attend the 2022 Florida Film Festival. Of the films we saw, these five stood out as the must-see choices of the festival. We hope you enjoy it and let us know which are your favorites! 1. 892 (Renamed Breaking after the festival) – Director Abi Damaris Corbin The … Continue reading Top 3 Movies of the 2022 Florida Film Festival