Fifty-one percent of the films at AFI Fest 2019 Presented by Audi are directed by women. In the lobby of the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres where most of the screenings take place stands a large installation entitled “Changing the Chairs”, noting that who sits in the director’s chair makes a difference, and celebrating that more… [Read More]
If you strip away the sex and dragons from Game of Thrones you have the story of trying to unite warring factions into a single kingdom and bring the period of warfare to an end. Kingdom (based on a seinen manga series of graphic novels, and later a seventy-seven episode anime tv series) is a… [Read More]
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year, Shoplifters is a part of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s examination of family’s place within society. This is a topic he has looked at from various angles in other films, notably Like Father, Like Son; Our Little Sister; Nobody Knows; and I Wish. (I recommend them all.)
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]
Directed by Sanjay Rawal (Food Chains), 3100: Run and Become follows Ashprihanal Aalto, an unassuming Finnish paperboy, and Shamita, an Austrian cellist, in their attempts to complete the 3100 Race for Self-Trancendence, the world’s longest certified footrace. Each year, a small group of competitors come from all over the world to run a distance that totals 3,100 miles… [Read More]
For those who saw The Cove and perhaps even felt outrage at what that film portrayed as barbarism, A Whale of a Tale could well provide a balancing picture.
This is one of the great examples of having a film that entertains well and at the same time goads our minds into active thought. It is very much like a cross-cultural extended parable.
This week, Steve welcomes Peter ‘the Bearded Movie Guy’ Percival and Patrick ‘with the good beard’ Erskine to wrestle with one of director Martin Scorcese’s most nuanced works, SILENCE. Does God speak in the silence of our suffering? How does faith interact with action? All this and more, only on ScreenFish. Want to continue to… [Read More]
This is a bit of history that will soon be relegated to a time beyond the memory of the living. As such, this film adds perhaps one last time for the story to be heard from some who lived it.
The Handmaiden takes us on a twisting road of deceptions, double- (even triple-) crosses in a crime drama that straddles worlds.