PEOPLE TO WATCH: Christian Tye

This well-rounded actor is likely to succeed in any number of roles, thanks to his energizing curiosity, kindliness and the smart authority he projects

Born and raised in North London, Christian Tye has already made his mark on Hollywood by producing a short, entitled "Trip's Duplage" at 22. There's already some Cannes buzz about the film, which was produced by Tye with Mosaic Media Group. It stars British actress Stephanie Beacham and Spencer Squire. Tye has starred in stage productions and also had a part in Rupert Everett's 2018 directorial ... more >


“Gold Star” deserves five of them | An interview with Victoria Negri

Accomplishing the unaccomplishable
Robert Vaughn and Catherine Curtin
Directed by Victoria Negri

Most first time writer/directors usually take on a short film or several short films before attempting something larger, much less a full-length feature that includes an Oscar-nominated actor. Such was not the case with writer/director/producer and actress Victoria Negri. This quadruple threat has not only accomplished what people double her age (and opposite her sex) haven’t even attempted, but ... more >


NERVE, the best bad movie in a long time

The PokemonGo craze couldn't be more timely
Dave Franco, Emma Roberts and Emily Meade
Directed by Ari Schulman and Henry Joost

The best thing about “Nerve” is that it doesn’t care what you think of it. While it’s not a crazy surreal soup like “The Lobster,” it’s been awhile since I’ve seen a film that feels quite so free in its own skin. The new Emma Roberts film starts like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and ends like “The Warriors” or “Escape from New York.| Its’ “The Hunger Games” as told by John Carpenter. “Nerve” is a ... more >



Directed by Andreas Johnsen

It would have been so easy for Andreas Johnsen to make his new documentary “Bugs” a harmless, twee film about two Westerners traveling the world searching for edible insects. The set-up seems ripped straight from the Travel Channel or the Food Network: chef Ben Reade and researcher John Evans scour the globe sampling as many of the 1,900 species of consumable insects as possible. In Kenya we watch ... more >


Tribeca Film Festival – “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”

[City Room Creative, MediaWeaver Productions, Relativity Studios]
Steve Aoki
Directed by Justin Krook

Steve Aoki is one of the most influential DJs in the history of electronica, being one of the first artists to combine hardcore punk with dance music to create a genre unlike anything heard in the U.S. before. After a decade of grinding his way through underground gigs and festivals he has become one of the biggest acts on the planet. Playing over 300 shows a year, he has been touted as one of the ... more >


“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”: “Secondhand Lions” meets “Thelma and Louise”

[Piki Films, Defender Films, Curious Film]
Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Sam Neill and Rhys Darby
Directed by Taika Waititi

The comedy "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" which played at Tribeca on Thursday has made me want to go back and explore the filmography of director Taika Waititi. Because if "Hunt" is any indication, Waititi is likely destined to become New Zealand’s answer to America’s Wes Anderson and England’s Edgar Wright—a highly-idiosyncratic and stylized comedic filmmaker. But whereas the bulk of Anderson and ... more >


Tribeca Film Festival | “Do not resist”

The favorite so far at this year's Tribeca Fest
[DOC: 70 mins]
Directed by Craig Atkinson

I remember those nights of iodine streetlights and black-suited riot police after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August of 2014. If a singular event can be pointed to as the catalyst for the new Civil Rights Movement, it would be those weeks of civil unrest that turned our national conversation towards police brutality and institutionalized racism, shattering once and ... more >