Tag Archive: OFCS

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: 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: Mardan (Ghobadi, 2014) – MVFF 2015

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As a child playing by the river, Mardan (Hossein Hasan) witnesses his younger brother gang-raped and then killed by a group of men. Now a corrupt police officer in the same region of… Continue reading

Review: Nena (Diesing, 2014) – MVFF 2015

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It is 1989 (again!) in the Netherlands. Nena (the lovely Abbey Hoes) is in high school. She listens to punk rock, makes snarky comments, and falls in love with Carlo (Gijs Blom), the… Continue reading

Review: Amnesia (Schroeder, 2015) – MVFF 2015

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When I visited Berlin in 2011, I was struck by how much World War II was still very much in the public consciousness of the country. One woman I  met in a professional… Continue reading

Review: Stations of the Cross (Brüggemann, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Stations of the Cross is a religious drama brought to us by German brother-and-sister team Dietrich and Anna Brüggemann–one for which the filmmaking duo won the 2014 Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for Best Script.… Continue reading

Review: Magical Girl (Vermut, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Films can be dark in many ways. You have your classic revenge narratives, your psychosexual thrillers, your gritty shoot-’em-ups, and then your plain old sad bad-luck stories. Spanish director and writer Carlos Vermut‘s… Continue reading

Review: The Second Mother (Muylaert, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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I laughed, I cried, what more could you ask for? The Second Mother, the Brazilian entry for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar and a Sundance Special Jury Prize winner, was one of my… Continue reading

Review: The Taking of Tiger Mountain (Tsui, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Disclaimer: I watched this 3D movie in 2D on a small screen, so some of the original effect may have been lost. Chinese action director Tsui Hark‘s The Taking of Tiger Mountain is perhaps… Continue reading