REVIEW: THE FATHER (2020)

“I saw it in his eyes — didn’t know who I was. It was like I was a stranger to him.” There’s something incredibly compelling about a story revolving around someone with dementia. The sadness, frustration, and anger that comes with someone whose mind is slowly betraying them. Still Alice and The Notebook have touched…

SUNDANCE REVIEW: PASSING (2021)

“We’re all of us passing for something or other, aren’t we?” Rebecca Hall’s inspiration in adapting Nella Larsen’s novel, Passing, didn’t come from her need to bring this rather artistic short story to life, but rather a strong connection to the material. Hall’s grandfather, a black man, “passed” for a white man throughout his life.…

REVIEW: OUR FRIEND (2021)

“I thought it was a story about Nicole.” “I thought so too.” When we’re young, we brag about having that BFF, or Best Friend Forever. We go to the movies together, and spend the night at each other’s house. But as we get older, our friends come and go. Our responsibilities become different. However, there’s…

REVIEW: WANDER DARKLY (2020)

“And one for tomorrow…” The stories of a crumbling relationship are nothing new to cinema. However, there’s something so compelling about the examination of a relationship through the eyes of one, or both people involved. Wander Darkly, takes that intriguing storyline, and pairs it with a tragic event in the couple’s life. Wander Darkly tells…

REVIEW: PIECES OF A WOMAN (2020)

“We need —we need some justice here!” “No, you need. That is what you want. That is what you need. That is your way!” It’s incredibly hard when someone loses a loved one. But anytime a mother loses her baby, it hits even harder. Pieces of a Woman, tells the tale of a young couple,…

REVIEW: FATALE (2020)

“I have to say, you are one very convincing liar.” Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner, and Gene Tierney.  Besides these women being prominent figures of classic film, what do they have in common? At one time in their career, these actresses played a femme fatal — my personal favorite being Stanwyck in Double Indemnity. Their beauty…