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Reviews

The Worst Person in the World Review| NYFF 2021

The Worst Person in the World Review| NYFF 2021

The Worst Person in the World concludes Joachim Trier’s Oslo trilogy in sheer delight with a clever, complex, and beguiling story about how our identity is attached to the relationships we make in life -- refined by both desire and heartache. Joachim Trier manages to surprise us with the way he approaches his films. All of them have a unique factor while capturing references in a new light in the background. However, it all goes back to one thing at its core: portraits of identity and intimacy. The only film of his that has gotten a bit of slack for…
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Songs for Drella (1990) Revival Review | NYFF 2021

Songs for Drella (1990) Revival Review | NYFF 2021

The 4K restoration of Songs for Drella, the classic album by Lou Reed and John Cale, reinvigorates the passion for the pioneering and ambitious life of the legendary Andy Warhol, to whom the album is dedicated.  Lou Reed and John Cale, both ex-members of the prestigious art-rock band The Velvet Underground “(VU),” got their start thanks to the iconic Andy Warhol, their manager back in 1966. Warhol’s art show, aka the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, had the VU front and center as its musical presentation along with Christa Päffgen, better known as Nico, adding backup vocals to their sets. Then, a…
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The Power of the Dog Review | NYFF 2021

The Power of the Dog Review | NYFF 2021

Jane Campion is back with The Power of the Dog, a hard-hearted yet beautiful study of toxic masculinity that carefully crafts every facet and has Benedict Cumberbatch’s finest performance to date.  Most of Campion’s work can be intricate or detail-oriented, but it’s primarily unique and tantalizing in its favor. It is all about the atmosphere she concocts with her direction, and every little trifle that factors its way onto the screen has its purpose. Of course, not every film she does is excellent nor perfect, but the element of meticulousness is always present. Now, the New Zealand auteur makes her…
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The Velvet Underground Review | NYFF 2021

The Velvet Underground Review | NYFF 2021

With snappy editing and great insight on its background, Todd Haynes makes you listen carefully and appreciate The Velvet Underground’s style, techniques, and artistry more-- engaging you with the film whether you are a fan of the band or not.  To give a brief introduction on who The Velvet Underground are, we need to start in 1964. They were formed by bandmates Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Angus MacLise (who was replaced a year later by Moe Tucker). Their central genre is rock, but they blended and mashed many other ones in their music instrumentations and concoctions; avant-garde,…
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BERGMAN ISLAND Review | NYFF 2021

BERGMAN ISLAND Review | NYFF 2021

Bergman Island is Mia Hansen-Løve’s best and most intimate film; it takes a meta-textual route to deliver a brilliantly written and structured testimony of the cursed writer’s block as well as slowly gnawing dysfunctional relationships. An American couple, Chris (Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth), go on a trip to the famous Fårö island, which inspired Ingmar Bergman to write and direct many of his famous works. They are there for the summer to write the scripts for their subsequent films in the act of pilgrimage, seclusion, and the search for creativity. As they advance with their screenplays, fiction and…
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Futura Review | NYFF 2021

Futura Review | NYFF 2021

Futura is a documentary that touches on the fears, dreams, anxieties, and future of the Italian youth; however, it feels like it didn’t branch out enough to get different answers to the proposed questions.  A cooperative venture by three of Italy’s most promising directors -- Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, and Alice Rohrwacher -- as they go city to city asking the youth of Italy questions about life. How are things currently going with your life? How do you feel about Italy’s current situation and its system? What do you expect to be doing in three to four years? Why do…
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Dear Evan Hansen Review | Powerful & Touching

Dear Evan Hansen Review | Powerful & Touching

Dear Evan Hansen is a musical that, despite some of its shortcomings, manages to enthrall & inspire. Effective in every way, the narrative finds a way through the cracks infecting all who stick through and allow it to grab hold. A beautiful tribute to the anonymous ones. Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen Evan is a high school senior with severe social anxiety who receives an assignment from his therapist to write motivational letter to himself to improve his disposition in life as well as increase his self-worth. Connor, a fellow student, takes his own life after stealing one of…
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The Year of the Everlasting Storm Review

The Year of the Everlasting Storm Review

The Year of the Everlasting Storm is a pandemic-produced cinema passion project built by seven filmmakers that feels a bit futile as it doesn’t have much to say about our current situation.  As Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s short says “this is the year of the everlasting storm”, and it is indeed everlasting and the emotional drainage that it has caused feels as if a storm has been wreaking havoc in your mind, body, and soul. The first year felt like two and now, in 2021, things are starting to open up again (at least where I live), but there are still the…
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Cinderella Review (2021) | Eye Rolls & Cringe Abound

Cinderella Review (2021) | Eye Rolls & Cringe Abound

The tale of Cinderella has been told over and over, with many iterations throughout the years. In 2015, Kenneth Branagh surprised us all with his version and Lily James truly captured the princess’ essence and poise. Now, it’s Kay Cannon's turn to deliver the classic romance, however, it is eye-rollingly cringy, unnecessary, and has terribly nauseating song choices. Camilla Cabello stars in CINDERELLA Photo: Christopher Raphael Ella, better known as Cinderella (Camila Cabello), because she was burned by cinders as a child, as explained lightly in the film, is a young woman who dreams of a better life and wants…
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is so much more than a par-for-the-course Marvel film. A beautifully diverse and exciting film that introduces new characters; breathing some colorful life into the MCU to ensure that our unwavering loyalty/addiction to this universe remains intact. (L-R): Katy (Awkwafina) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. Shang-Chi is living the dream of parking cars for other people when The Ten Rings organization comes knocking, dragging him and his best friend Katy into his…
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