AFIFest 2018 Presented by Audi has wound down to the end. It will be a few days before the results of the audience awards voting is known. But I’m sure the staff is pleased with this year’s festival and will soon be working on next years. I appreciate their hospitality and that they welcome me as press for the event.
What happens when those that are left behind are forced to clean up the mess of those that have left us? Directed by Steve McQueen, Widows tells the story of a police shootout that leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows — Veronica (Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice… [Read More]
In the theater before each screening at AFIFest 2018 Presented by Audi, there are slides about AFI that show sponsors and donors. Those are all very important. Those are the reasons AFIFest is free to the public. But there are also those not listed because there are so many of them—the volunteers. It takes lots… [Read More]
A modern take on Cyrano de Bergerac, #Roxy is a movie about Cyrus Nollen (Jake Short), a boy with a big nose who is very tech savvy and feels he can’t be loved because of his physical appearance. He is in love with his best friend, Roxy (Sarah Fisher), one of the more popular girls… [Read More]
AFIFest 2018 Presented by Audi continues to remind me of why I like to go to festivals. It’s not just seeing lots of movies, but it is about how movies can truly push us to consider what happens in the world from various perspectives. Vox Lux, from director Brady Corbet, is a look at celebrity…. [Read More]
Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) was a tough New York bouncer working hard to provide for his family. When the club he worked for closed, Tony needed quick work to pay the bills. He heard of an opportunity driving and providing security for a doctor. Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) (a doctor of music, psychology… [Read More]
Although I’ve seen my share of comedies at AFIFEST Presented by Audi, it seems that film festivals often show darker films than many people are used to. That is in part because they are made not so much to sell tickets to a large audience as to bring a story to life that the filmmaker… [Read More]
The American Film Institute, which oversees the AFIFest Presented by Audi, was created by Presidential mandate under President Lyndon Johnson, “to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers”. The festival is truly a celebration of film, its history, and its… [Read More]
Following the meteoric rise of legendary rockers Queen and their iconic lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY has taken the box office by storm. With toe-tapping tunes and an incredible performance by Remi Malek, the film has entranced audiences but seems to have alienated critics at the same time. This week, Steve welcomes back Amanda… [Read More]
Films often bring the world to us in many different ways. We see other countries through the eyes of filmmakers who wish to share their cultures—both with love and with a critical eye.