Jul 27, 2022

You’re So Vain: What’s okay about ‘Not Okay?’ Plenty.

It’s a shame we don’t have more sharp-fanged communications-biz character studies like Quinn Shephard’s Not Okay. Too many would-be satires aim for easy political targets and end up ignoring the most despicable wrong-doings—for instance, social media. Writer-director Shephard’s takedown of online vanity bazaars follows the money and goes for...
Jul 6, 2022

A Woman’s View: The work of legendary actor-director Tanaka Kinuyo lights up BAMPFA

Admirers of classical Japanese cinema are undoubtedly well aware of actor Tanaka Kinuyo (we’ll follow the Japanese style, family name first, for all proper names). The dignified, durable leading lady is probably best known for her work...
Jun 29, 2022

Plastered in Paris: Ridicule, snobbery and ‘Lost Illusions’ in Balzac’s uproarious 19th-century Paris

The setting is France in the early 19th century. Young Lucien Chardon, a classic ink-stained wretch addicted to writing poetry and working in printers’ workshops, departs his provincial hometown of Angoulême for Paris, taking care to adopt...
Jun 22, 2022

All Shook Up: ‘Elvis’ is almost as discombobulated as the man himself. But it...

The summer’s most anticipated “delayed by COVID” movie has arrived. Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is big, glossy, rollicking, intermittently entertaining and easy to figure out. Elvis Presley (Austin Butler) is what he is widely supposed to be—good-looking and...
Jun 15, 2022

‘Phantom of the Open’: The Legend of Maurice Flitcroft

The British film industry produces at least one movie a year that contends with their unyielding class system. Some of the more light-hearted ones do well in the United States even though Americans refuse to believe the...
Jun 15, 2022

The Secret Garden: ‘Jimmy in Saigon,’ story of a hidden love, plays Frameline

As presented by filmmaker Peter McDowell in his poignant documentary, Jimmy in Saigon, his older brother Jimmy grew up like any ordinary boy in Champaign-Urbana, IL in the 1960s: middle-class Catholic family of seven, spotty grades, Cubs...
Jun 8, 2022

Pick’em: Bored with blockbusters? Take a look inside the Summer Movie Grab Bag

The two-year-long pandemic drought of new movies has blossomed into a bumper crop of indies in all flavors, shapes and sizes. Genre is king once again, particularly horror and thrillers. As usual, there seems to be some...
Jun 1, 2022

Going Batty: ‘The Invisible Mammal’ will illuminate a misunderstood creature

Syracuse University student Kristin Tieche sat outside on a summer’s evening at the Inn Complete pub, looking up to see a sky filled with bats. The grad student in film and television realized that there had always...
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