Creativity, Loss, and Passion Collide in “Bergman Island” (Review)

In her English-language debut, French director Mia Hansen-Løve utilizes the inspiration of Ingmar Bergman to tell two stories in one. Both take place on the Baltic island of Faro, not far off the northern coast of Sweden. Bergman first went there in 1960 while scouting locations for “Through a Glass Darkly.” He ended up shootingContinue reading “Creativity, Loss, and Passion Collide in “Bergman Island” (Review)”

St. Vincent Checks in to “The Nowhere Inn” (Review)

The evolution of Annie Clark as a musician has been pretty incredible to watch over the years. From the quieter introspection of her 2007 debut album “Marry Me” to the full-on glam rock persona she has taken on more recently, she has become an award-winning artist recording as St. Vincent. Despite the acclaim and aContinue reading “St. Vincent Checks in to “The Nowhere Inn” (Review)”

Udo Kier Gives An Unforgettable Performance in “Swan Song” (Review)

Todd Stephens wrote, produced, and directed this new drama starring legendary German actor Udo Kier that had its world premiere earlier this year at the virtual edition of the SXSW festival. Older members of the LGBTQ+ community are not often given a chance to tell their stories or see themselves represented in popular culture, soContinue reading “Udo Kier Gives An Unforgettable Performance in “Swan Song” (Review)”

Nicolas Cage Returns To Form in ‘Pig’ (Review)

The last few decades have been a whirlwind of ups and downs for Nicolas Cage’s career. He’s gone from headlining blockbuster movies to frequently taking on mostly straight to video titles. Every few years he still manages to come along with a performance that is so outstanding that it defies some of the other workContinue reading “Nicolas Cage Returns To Form in ‘Pig’ (Review)”

Sundance Hit ‘How It Ends’ Brings The Apocalypse Home (Review)

When the end credits began to roll on its brisk 82-minute running time, I said to my partner how much I enjoyed “How It Ends” and that it reminded me of the glory days of American independent film in the 90s. He laughed and noted that the whole time he was thinking about Richard Linklater’sContinue reading “Sundance Hit ‘How It Ends’ Brings The Apocalypse Home (Review)”

Take a Wild “First Date” This Holiday Weekend (Review)

A debut film can often act as a calling card in the industry. Even if it doesn’t find a huge audience, the right buzz can earn enough of a following to become a cult classic and lay the groundwork for bigger things. That, in a nutshell, is exactly what I anticipate will happen for ManuelContinue reading “Take a Wild “First Date” This Holiday Weekend (Review)”

Tribeca 2021: “Werewolves Within” (Review)

It takes a very careful balance to create a successful horror comedy film. If you want to expand beyond genre lovers, you need a strong cast of characters and a way to still have some impactful scares and enough laughter to lighten the mood along the way. Mishna Wolff (with her first screenplay) and directorContinue reading “Tribeca 2021: “Werewolves Within” (Review)”

Sundance Gem “Together Together” Hits VOD (Review)

“Together Together” was acquired for release by Bleecker Street who bought it before its Sundance Film Festival world premiere earlier this year, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in the Dramatic category. After a decent start at the box office a few weeks back that has alreadyContinue reading “Sundance Gem “Together Together” Hits VOD (Review)”

Bob Odenkirk Delivers A Bit Of The Old Ultra-Violence in “Nobody” (Review)

If you’re anything like me, the name Bob Odenkirk immediately serves up thoughts of laughter. Originally a comedy writer for Conan O’Brien, “Saturday Night Live,” and, of course, the co-star of HBO’s cult classic “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” he transitions into full-blown action star in this new thriller from director Ilya Naishuller (“HardcoreContinue reading “Bob Odenkirk Delivers A Bit Of The Old Ultra-Violence in “Nobody” (Review)”

Gloriously Goofy “Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar” Out Now on Blu-ray and VOD (Review)

Comedians Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo became fast friends after meeting at The Groundlings, a Los Angeles-based improv comedy theater in the early 2000s. In 2011, the duo earned an Academy Award nomination for their uproarious “Bridesmaids” screenplay. A full decade later, Wiig and Mumolo have brought us two of the most gloriously goofy charactersContinue reading “Gloriously Goofy “Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar” Out Now on Blu-ray and VOD (Review)”