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Review: Tickled (Farrier & Reeve, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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A conspiracy involving tickling? A nefarious tickling industrial complex? Are you sure we’re still browsing the documentary section? The desire to find out if this film description was real or just a gag–and,… Continue reading

Review: Morris from America (Hartigan, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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Film distributors and Sundance audiences seemed especially hungry for films starring African Americans this year (maybe because of the Oscar controversy, or maybe because people just want to see some different faces). Nate… Continue reading

Review: Much Ado About Nothing (Fernández Almendras, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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In 2014 we missed out on the Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner To Kill a Man. We weren’t going to make the same mistake this year as director Alejandro Fernández Almendras returned… Continue reading

Review: Gleason (Tweel, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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I don’t watch football–not of the NFL, college, high school, or even pee wee variety–so I might have been one of the only people in my peer group who hadn’t heard of Steve… Continue reading

Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Waititi, 2016) – Sundance 2016

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople‘s director, New Zealander and Sundance veteran Taika Waikiki, re-entered the Park City spotlight in 2014 with his sleeper hit, What We Do in the Shadows. Almost instantly, this mockumentary about… Continue reading

Review: Yosemite (Demeestere, 2015) – MVFF 2015

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  I’ve long looked for an excuse to read James Franco‘s writings, and now the Mill Valley Film Festival has provided one. Yosemite, based on two stories in Franco’s collection A California Childhood,… Continue reading

Review: Jauja (Alonso, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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I walked out of this film thinking, Maybe I should stop watching these really indie indie movies. The kind made for about a hundred people to appreciate. But the further I got from… Continue reading

Review: A Borrowed Identity (Riklis, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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The Arab Israeli is a persistent subject of Israeli cinema. Arabani follows an outcast and his two children returning to his (Arab) Druze community in Israel, the documentary Life Sentences features a man… Continue reading

Review: Advantageous (Phang, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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In the future, terrorist attacks are commonplace; society has become even more obsessed with youth and beauty; the gap between the rich and the poor has only widened; and, for the ever-shrinking middle… Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Sundance Announces 2016 “Midnight” Lineup

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I’m excited to be able to attend the Sundance Film Festival again this coming January. The Institute has just released the lineup for its Midnight program, which consists of surreal/frightening/creepy/otherworldy films. Because I scare… Continue reading