Film Reviews

One Night in New Orleans: Screening of Fragments

Analog photographer and surrealist artist Brittany Markert’s four piece short film Fragments exemplifies the visual prowess of past surrealist icons. Shot and hand-developed on a Bolex camera using black and white 16mm film, Fragments explores hysterical psychosis and the repressed desires of our subconscious. Accompanying the ocular distortion is a harrowing whimsical score by sound…

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Review #6: Analysis of “Epicentro” (2020)

~On July 11, 2021 Cuba began to experience a series of protests that called for the end of the governing Communist Party. Cuba’s capability for autonomy is eclipsed by propagandist media coverage and the interventionist dreams of capitalist Cubans living in the United States. Then at the same time, the state communists of Cuba and…

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Review #5: “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” (2014)

Directed by Israeli siblings and actors  Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, Gett is a drama film that was screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It was selected for best foreign language film at the 87th Academy awards and was nominated for best foreign language film at the 72nd Academy awards.

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Review #4: “Looking for Langston” (1988)

British filmmaker, artist and professor Isaac Julien’s short film Looking For Langston beautifully blends poetry, black pride and homosexuality into a tasteful and artistic medium. Released in 1988, the film places Langston Hughes as gay icon, weaving complex narratives, poetry and soft romances. It parallels 1920’s Harlem with a 1980’s gay London speakeasy. Shot on…

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Review #3: “Nasrin” (2020)

Jeff Kaufmen’s documentary Nasrin (2020) studies Nasrin Sotoudeh’s life and work in activism. The story of Nasrin Sotoudeh should be important to abolitionists, anti-authoritarians, and feminists everywhere because of Sotoudeh’s long history of working for human rights and the freedom of expression for women in Iran. Nasrin Sotoudeh is a human rights activist, writer, lawyer…

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Review #2: “Time” (2020)

Garrett Bradley’s documentary Time is a beautiful exposé of a black family dealing with the crushing penalty of time and the American incarceration system. The film follows Fox Rich and her family of six boys as they wait for their father’s release from Angola prison in Louisiana. Shot in black and white Time is as…

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Review #1: Analysis of “I Care a Lot” (2021)

I Care A Lot, 2021 directed by J Blakeson is a dark comedic crime thriller that focuses on machismo violence and critiques of capitalism. The film stars Rosamund Pike who is a legally appointed guardian for senior people. After honing in on Jennifer Peterson played by Dianne Wiest, Pikes character Marla Grayson has to deal…

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