Archives for September 2020

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“The Glorias,” Julie Taymor’s rendition, at times rushed, nevertheless stands as a potent tribute to the life of Gloria Steinem | OUR REVIEW

[Artemis Rising Foundation, Page Fifty-Four Pictures]
Alicia Vikander, Janelle Monáe and Julianne Moore
Directed by Julie Taymor

“The sun is female. The moon is male. The sun is always there. The moon comes and goes” - Gloria Steinem The release of Julie Taymor’s “The Glorias” couldn’t have been more timely. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died and the country stands on the precipice of the most important election in American history, regarding so many things but especially regarding the rights of women. In 2020, the fact that ... more >

REVIEW: “Kajillionaire”

Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Ivanir and Gina Rodriguez
Directed by Miranda July

It is a testament to the quality of this year’s Sundance Film Festival back in January—in the good old pre-lockdown days—that close to a year later, its offerings are still finding outlets for those who weren’t in Park City, Utah. Such is the case for Miranda July’s “Kajillionaire,” a film that is neither comedy nor drama yet teases elements of both such that, when it ends, the filmmaker forces ... more >

MICHAEL LONSDALE’S DEATH | France’s gentleman thespian passes on

He had 145 acting credits to his name

Screen Comment being not just a cinephile media but also a French-American publication, we would be twice remiss not to mention persons and events from across the pond, at least some of the time. The death of Michael Lonsdale, a formidable actor, himself bi-national (his French mother conceived him with the help of a British officer in 1930—Lonsdale was born in May of the following year), was ... more >

KINO LORBER’s “In case of emergency” highlights the plight of the nation’s saturated emergency room nurses

Kino Lorber will release the documentary feature "In Case of Emergency" by award-winning director and photographer Carolyn Jones ("The American Nurse," "Defining Hope") with a live virtual premiere on Eventive on Wednesday, October 14th followed by a week of free streaming on its Kino Now service ahead of a wider on-demand roll-out. This is a documentary that paints a troubling portrait of our ... more >

“Hi, I’m David, I’m forty years’ young” (FILM REVIEW)

"Rent-a-Pal" serves up a bachelor's descent into hell story with brutal realism
Wil Wheaton, Brian Landis Folkins and Amy Rutledge
Directed by Jon Stevenson

The video dating era of the late eighties and early nineties; pre-dating apps, pre-Match.com, and long before the phrase “swipe right” became an easy way to find a companion. It was a time when companies would hire a cameraman to record your video profile and you would go home and wait in the hope that the agency would find you a proper match. Those were the days. Or were they? In ... more >

Director John Hyams achieves genre perfection with his new film “Alone” (REVIEW)

Film was co-executive produced by Yeardley Smith
Julles Willcox, Marc Menchaca and Anthony Heald
Directed by John Hyams

Just so we're clear, I have never cared for man-against-the-wilderness type films ( “Dersu Uzala,” Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey,” and “The Revenant” being exceptions) and I dislike kidnap films, as well. No matter how well-made, this type of film falls prey to unavoidable cliché. In film after film we witness the long fall off an unexpected cliff into the icy water or the tree branch going through ... more >

An intellectual tonic filled with pleasurable mysteries: “I’m thinking of ending things” (REVIEW)

From the director of "Synecdoche, New York"
Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley and Toni Collette
Directed by Charlie Kaufman

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” This Oscar Wilde quote, spoken by a character in the new film “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” is the perfect key to help viewers unlock its many thematic mysteries. By this film’s end, you will certainly have questions. You will be confused and perplexed and possibly ... more >