1971 was a year of turmoil in many places. But most of that seemed far away from a village in Switzerland. Life just goes on there. But there is to be an election about giving women the right to vote. (Of course, only the men will be voting on this issue.) In The Divine Order an unassuming housewife must take on a leadership role in the women’s suffrage movement in her locale.
There comes a time at a festival when you’re standing in line and someone asks what you’ve seen that’s good. You know you’ve seen a lot of movies when you can’t remember the titles anymore. It’s a good thing I take a notebook with me. Claire’s Camera (World Cinema section) from South Korean director Hong… [Read More]
Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is a well-loved story that has had various screen and stage versions and has become as much a part of Christmas as a crèche. The Man Who Invented Christmas is the story behind the story. It is a combination of a look at Dickens, his creative process, and enough of the… [Read More]
When I arrived at Hollywood and Highland on Sunday morning, there were some people on the street organizing a march about sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment industry. News in recent weeks has been full of stories about the issue and social media filled up with “me too” comments. It is indeed a serious… [Read More]
The first full day for the festival took me on a trip around the world. That’s one of the values of film festivals, we get to see other lands and cultures without the expense and time of travel. (Not that I wouldn’t love being able to go to so many places.)
Hannah is something of a masters acting demonstration by Charlotte Rampling.
AFI Fest 2017 Presented by Audi runs November 9-17 in and around the Hollywood and Highland complex (also home to the Academy Awards). For those in the L.A. area, tickets for the festival are free, but you must go online to get the tickets. Besides bringing a variety of films from both established and new filmmakers, AFI Fest is a celebration of the history of film
This is the American Film Institute’s 50th year. (Thank you, President Johnson.) It was 30 years ago that AFI held its first AFI Los Angeles Film Festival. Now we are coming to the start of AFI Fest Presented by Audi held at and around the Hollywood and Highland complex that in many ways serves as… [Read More]
God’s Own Country will no doubt be compared to Brokeback Mountain. The easy comparison crossed my mind as I watched the screener for this film. But the dynamics of this relationship bring an entirely different feel to this love story.
Raw emotion is the driving force in the documentary The Work. In California’s Folsom State Prison, some of the inmates take part in group therapy to try to rehabilitate themselves. Twice a year, people from outside the prison come to take part in a four-day intensive group therapy experience.