Archives for March 2021

ARCHIVES

Wading deep down the mysteries of “OVERWHELM THE SKY” | FILM REVIEW

Script is loosely based on an 18th century novel
Alexander Hero, Nima Slone and William Cully Allen
Directed by Daniel Kremer

One of the many issues with modern films is how they do not strive to be cinematic enough. Few filmmakers today take their time to properly design shots, use their frame in uniquely meaningful ways, and craft profoundly artful moments where the camera is both the artist and the tool. Daniel Kremer’s “Overwhelm the Sky” is a most welcome film that’s cinema to its very core. Alexander Hero stars ... more >

INTERVIEW: MATTHEW JENSEN, director of photography, “Wonder Woman 1984”

Growing up in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., Matthew Jensen knew his destiny was to work in films. As a young man, he took the Metro into the heart of democracy to watch and study films at the Smithsonian. He also cruised the pages of the Washington Post, seeking out revivals at theaters in Georgetown and word of AFI screenings at the Kennedy Center. “In Georgetown there was ... more >

“THE COURIER,” our interview with director DOMINIC COOKE

The story of an ordinary spy
Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze and James Schofield
Directed by Dominic Cooke

If you’ve never heard about the exploits of the British Cold War spy Greville Maynard Wynne, you’re not alone.  Even Dominic Cooke, the director of the new fact-based film about Wynne’s spy exploits, had never heard of Wynne before the script for “The Courier” came his way. “It was interesting that Brits over a certain age knew who he was, but anyone below the age of sixty-five could not recall ... more >

BRIEFLY : “A Concerto is a Conversation”

The Academy Award-nominated short subject documentary film "A concerto is a conversation," which was executive-produced by Ava DuVernay and recently premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, is now streaming from The New York Times Op-Docs. Kris Bowers (pictured) is one of Hollywood’s rising young composers. At twenty-nine he scored the Oscar-winning film “Green Book” (2018), and this year ... more >

Anthony Hopkins gives magisterial performance in “The Father”

Hopkins was first sent the script for "The Father" by the director in 2017
Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman and Imogen Poots
Directed by Florian Zeller

Anthony Hopkins gives the performance of a lifetime in “The Father,” which is saying something for a man who has been acting professionally for more than a half-century, and who already has one Oscar to his credit.  Hopkins is 83, at the top of his game, and also of the right age to infuse his character in the new film with the most assuredly correct amount of pathos and humanity, and elicit our ... more >

Bigly shenanigans and desperate lying in “WHITE LIE” | REVIEW

When all you needed was faked medical records
Kacey Rohl, Amber Anderson and Martin Donovan
Directed by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas

“The WORST thing you can do is to slip in ‘little’ white lies just to save yourself from confrontations & emotional conversations. ⁃ Sijdah Hussain In “White Lie” Katie Arneson is a university student who tries hard to keep her cancer diagnosis a secret. The fact that it is not true and there is no cancer is what Katie is hiding. What a cruel and unforgivable sin it is to commit in the ... more >

REVIEW: “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run”

Come with us to the lost city of Atlantic City
Tim Hill, Clancy Brown and Bill Fagerbakke
Directed by Tim Hill

Everyone’s favorite resident of a certain deep-sea pineapple is back in his first big-screen adventure since the untimely passing of SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg, who succumbed to ALS in 2018. Hillenburg’s absence is felt rather keenly in “Sponge on the Run,” which was written and directed by frequent “Bob” scribe Tim Hill, as a certain magic is absent in our yellow friend’s third ... more >