Mother Earth Is Not Happy; “GAIA”

Starring Monique Rockman, Carel Nel and Alex van Dyk
Directed by Jaco Bouwer

"Spellbinding" is not a word I throw around lightly. Where South African filmmaker Jaco Bouwer’s latest film “Gaia” is concerned it is richly deserved. While this is a film with a few issues, what works overpowers flaws. Gaia is the goddess of the Earth in Greek mythology. In the seventies, scientist, environmentalist and futurist James Lovelock developed the “Gaia hypothesis,” one that ... more >

Eight mentionworthy films from the 2021 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

“Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” Director: Morgan Neville Anthony Bourdain was the most unlikely of celebrities: a recovering drug addict and chef who wrote frankly about his experiences in the galley, publishing them in a memoir called “Kitchen Confidential.” The book was a sensation, catapulting Bourdain to stardom. Soon he was able to stop cooking entirely and focus on traveling ... more >

It’s the story of a wacky band from the seventies that overcame the odds: “THE SPARKS BROTHERS”

Co-produced by Complete Fiction and Media Rights Capital (MRC)
Directed by Edgar Wright

In the seventies Ron and Russell Mael fast attracted a fan base thanks to their decidedly unorthodox musical act, the Sparks. Despite changing demographics, shifting musical tastes and their unending oddity, the brothers have managed to enthrall fans well into the 21st century. Director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Baby Driver”) is just one among those many famous fans to wax nostalgic ... more >

Rita Moreno stoked the Hollywood furnace and survived the studio system becoming a screen and stage icon (REVIEW)

A documentary directed by Mariem Pérez Riera

Rita Moreno, what spirit, what soul! Hers is a a long and successful career in a Hollywood system that did not want her to be herself nor allow her to celebrate her Puerto Rican heritage. The new documentary “Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go For It” which came out this week is an uplifting look at the EGOT [EGOT is a way to define those entertainers who have won all four of the ... more >

INTERVIEW: Mariem Pérez Riera, director of “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It”

Mariem Pérez Riera was able to bring her subject to Tribeca this past weekend for in-person screenings of the documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.” It had been a challenging year for Pérez Riera, who had to finish editing the film during covid-imposed lockdowns. “I remember on Friday the 13th of March [2020] I finished locking the film,” Pérez Riera said with a laugh. ... more >

“QUEEN BEES,” or when you run top actors into the ground with superficially-written roles | REVIEW

Ellen Burstyn, James Caan and Jane Curtin
Directed by Michael Lembeck

Ellen Burstyn and James Caan are two of our finest actors and it is always nice to see them on screen. While their combined resumes contain some of the best films of the seventies (and a few of the eighties), today’s films are losing their adventurous spirit and, as the years go on, modern Hollywood gives actors of their caliber and age less and less to do. These days when we see a cast that ... more >

“Simple like Silver,” an affecting and poetic story of human intersections | FILM REVIEW

Cristina Marsillach, Lacy Marie Meyer and Susanna Nelson
Directed by Damian Lahey

"The mysteries of life. The mystery of everyone who passes us on the street. What is happening in the lives of these people? Sometimes nothing. Perhaps something.” Strangers walk by one another and might say “hello.” Other times, we glide by, silent and unaware, not knowing what plight others may be experiencing. An acknowledgment, a smile, it has importance. It could save a life, even. Perhaps ... more >