Reviews by Anne Brodie Alfre Woodard’s morally and spiritually exhausted prison warden in Chinonye Chukwu’s tense drama Clemency lives in the brain long after the film ends. Warden Williams oversees executions in her facility and has managed to repress the horror; she’s developed an intense rigidity that colours her job and her marriage; unable to sleep or connect with her … [Read more...] about Alfre Woodward’s Clemency Looks at The Curse of Legal Executions, Pauline Kael Revisited, Apple’s Excellent Little America Anthology, Give Us More Awkwafina, A Conservative Chinese Feminist Road Trip and Gwyneth Paltrow Goes There
Ladj Ly’s timely take on Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables moves from 1862 to present-day Paris, when racism, immigration bias, police corruption, enforced prostitution and poverty still thrive. The added elements of instability, drug addiction and trafficking help push the divide between the have-nots and the police. For instance, three gendarmes, the thuggish white lead … [Read more...] about A Bracing New Twist on a Social-Political Classic, Kristin Stewart Good in Bad Film, Cunningham Pushes the Body and Imagination’s Boundaries, Fans Demand LGBTQ2 Representation on TV and Get It, Streaming Gems Just for You and Let’s Hear It for Catherine O’Hara!
Sam Mendes’ unforgettable World War I 1917 epic reminds us that youngsters fight wars. He brings to vivid life an event from his own family history that beggars belief. Two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are sent on a hazardous mission to cross No Man’s Land, a devastated swath of death and danger separating the soldiers from … [Read more...] about Christmas Day Releases Top Notch and Wildly Diverse – World War I Drama, Little Women Redux, Adam Sandler at the End of His Tether and an Engaging Film About Faith. Happy Holidays!!
Filmmaker and actor Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers had an unusual and profoundly moving experience on the street in Vancouver, an experience that opened her eyes to her own naivete and sense of power. She created a continuously shot feature based on the experience called 'The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open.' Tailfeathers teamed up with award director Kathleen Hepburn and … [Read more...] about Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers team up for ‘The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open’
Toronto native, composer Howard Shore made good scoring some of the most prestigious films in modern times, including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies among eighty films. He’s worked closely with Martin Scorsese and David Cronenberg and “scored” three Academy Awards for his work on the first LOTR trilogy as well as three Golden Globes and four Grammy awards. … [Read more...] about Composer Howard Shore talks ‘Song of Names’