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Dune Review | Villenueve Does it Again!

Dune Review | Villenueve Does it Again!

Dune is absolute cinematic mastery. Thoughtful storytelling that takes its time, patiently expanding the world and the characters who inhabit it so as to create a rich universe that feels tangible. The Atreides family & empire is entrusted with the protection, collection, processing, & extraction of the galaxy’s most valuable element. Seeing as it only exists on a dangerous hostile planet the task is no easy feat and one that Duke Leto Atreides does not take lightly. However, what unspoken dangers lie in this desert planet-- concealed by the sand, the heat, and the politics-- may be beyond even the…
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What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? Review | NYFF 2021

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? Review | NYFF 2021

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? is an ode to love at first sight; the moment you close your eyes and open them back again, the film takes over you. It’s a sensory experience with magical realism that’s both, in a sense, familiar and unique.  This is a story about two strangers: footballer Giorgi and pharmacist Lisa. They had three random encounters within minutes of each other because they forgot their paths. Viewing it as a lucky concurrence, they decide to meet the next day at the local cafe. However, their meeting might not occur as…
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“Inglourious Basterds” 4K Ultra HD Release Arriving on October 12th

“Inglourious Basterds” 4K Ultra HD Release Arriving on October 12th

Inglourious Basterds, One of the best movies written and directed by Quentin Tarantino is finally coming to 4K. The World War II high-octane WWII revenge fantasy about a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as "The Basterds," is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Mélanie Laurent, and Mike Myers The new release come with over TWO HOURS of bonus content, including: Extended & Alternate ScenesRoundtable Discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Elvis MitchellThe New York…
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Parallel Mothers Review | NYFF 2021

Parallel Mothers Review | NYFF 2021

Almodóvar’s switched-at-birth story, Parallel Mothers, is one of his most subtle and less-extravagant outings yet; however, it has his usual dramatic punch and a duet of excellent performances by Milena Smit and Penelope Cruz.  The stylish Spaniard, Pedro Almodóvar, is one of the top-tier international directors working today, delivering a consistent oeuvre throughout his years as an auteur. From Women Under the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), my favorite, to his first English-language Cocteau excursion, The Human Voice (2019), his works always have a colorful debonair and passion. However, his latest is slightly different, switching his gears and choosing…
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Lamb Review

Lamb Review

The Cannes’ Prize of Originality-winning half-human half-lamb-born story, Lamb, manages to engage you during its first act quite well with the themes of motherhood and nurture amidst loss. Unfortunately, as it reveals its true self, it ends up feeling more like a farce rather than a prolific product.  Set in an isolated location in rural Iceland, a childless couple, Maria (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason), discover something unusual, unlike anything they have ever seen before: a half-human half-lamb newborn. The couple decides to raise little Ada as their own, but a baleful force is coming to get the…
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Hit the Road Review | NYFF 2021

Hit the Road Review | NYFF 2021

Like father, like son; Panah Panahi’s Hit the Road creates a self-reflexive study on life in his country by means of a family road trip that has different twists and turns emotionally. On the first watch, it is gripping; on the second, it completely breaks your heart. The film follows a tender disordered family of four -- two middle-aged parents and their two sons: a hyperactive 6-year-old and an untalkative adult -- who drive across the Iranian landscape. We are never told what their exact destination is; they just keep on driving. Dad has a broken leg for an unknown…
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Memoria Review | NYFF 2021

Memoria Review | NYFF 2021

The latest feature by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Memoria, is a meditative study on memories, existence, and the philosophical tenures of life all through the eyes of one majestic Tilda Swinton and an immersive atmosphere and soundscape. Jessica (Tilda Swinton), a Scottish orchid farmer, visits her sister in Bogotá, Colombia. One day, right before dawn, a loud and reverberating bang wakes her up from her sleep; the sound doesn’t let her rest for days and days. The resounding thump is echoing through her mind, and she is the only one that seems to hear it. So, she starts questioning her identity and…
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Drive My Car Review | NYFF 2021

Drive My Car Review | NYFF 2021

Ryuske Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car makes 3-hours fly as he adapts Haruki Murakami with a sharply written, intimate, and fervid piece on grief, self-acceptance, and sin.  Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is a prosperous stage actor, and director married to a playwright, Oto (Reika Kirishima). When Oto dies suddenly, he is left with many unanswered questions about their relationship and regrets about her. Two years later, still unable to cope with the loss of his wife, Yusuke accepts to direct a play at a theatre festival in Hiroshima. First, however, he must comply with the festival rules and let Misaki Watari…
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France Review | NYFF 2021

France Review | NYFF 2021

France tackles yellow journalism and sensationalism in a ridiculous and darkly satirical way that makes a mockery of the news outlets; it has Léa Seydoux going along with the bit, but it overstays its welcome with its unnecessarily lengthy runtime. France de Meurs (Léa Seydoux) is a famous TV journalist whose stardom is caused by extreme measures and ridiculing moments. Her career, homelife, and psychological solidity change when she carelessly drives into a delivery man on the streets of Paris. The accident caused France to go on a series of self-destructive moments and get involved in a new romance. Her…
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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn Review | NYFF 2021

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn Review | NYFF 2021

The Golden Bear-winning pandemic satire, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, is a film that shares many thoughts and every single one is put onto the screen all squished together. There are funny moments, and there are hysterical moments, albeit, for most of its runtime, it feels like a raunchy overlong SNL sketch, for better or worse.  A teacher (Katia Pascariu) at a prestigious Bucharest school gets her sex tape accidentally leaked on the internet by her husband; her life and career are going to change forever. She must now face an angry mob of parents in a trial that…
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