“The Velvet Underground” Hits Apple TV and Select Theaters This Friday (Review)

Fresh off its successful screenings at the New York Film Festival, the first ever documentary from cinematic provocateur Todd Haynes is about to hit theaters and streaming this weekend. The director of “Velvet Goldmine” and “Carol” takes us on a deep dive into the history of one of rock and roll’s greatest art rock bands,Continue reading ““The Velvet Underground” Hits Apple TV and Select Theaters This Friday (Review)”

Edgar Wright’s Fandom Pays Off in “The Sparks Brothers” (Review)

First things first: you don’t need to be familiar with the band Sparks to have a great time with Edgar Wright’s fantastic new documentary. Before watching it, the extent of my musical knowledge about them came from enjoying their 1983 single “Cool Places,” a duet with Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go’s. Hell, I didn’t evenContinue reading “Edgar Wright’s Fandom Pays Off in “The Sparks Brothers” (Review)”

Your Guide to the Virtual 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival and, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, this year anybody in the United States can still sign up and enjoy streaming movies from the comfort of home. For New Yorkers, there are plenty of in-person screenings this year, but I am going to focus onContinue reading “Your Guide to the Virtual 2021 Tribeca Film Festival”

SFFILM Review: “Lily Topples The World”

After its recent world premiere at Austin’s SXSW Film Festival, Jeremy Workman’s superb new documentary “Lily Topples The World” won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Feature. The film is being featured this week on the lineup of the 64th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) and it’s a must-see. 22-year-old Lily Hevesh startedContinue reading “SFFILM Review: “Lily Topples The World””

SFFILM Review: “Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché”

The 64th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) is going on now through April 18th. It is the longest-running film festival in the Americas and this year they are doing a hybrid event that includes drive-in screenings happening in San Francisco along with over 100 films available to watch online for viewers in theContinue reading “SFFILM Review: “Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché””

COVID-19 Documentary “The Last Cruise” Hits HBO Max (Review)

Before most of us were even aware of the dangers presented by COVID-19, a group of cruise ship passengers and crew members were trapped in a living nightmare. The first cases of coronavirus were reported in late-December 2019. The Diamond Princess set sail from Yokohama, Japan to begin a trip across Southeast Asia on January 20, 2020. With overContinue reading “COVID-19 Documentary “The Last Cruise” Hits HBO Max (Review)”