‘An Angel at My Table’ is life captured in motion

A life’s journey captured in motion: female auteur Jane Campion is at her best in this canonical masterpiece from 1990. Based on writer and poet Janet Frame’s autobiographies, An Angel at My Table depicts in three parts Frame’s incredible struggle for existence in a world which was never made for her. (MJJ: 5/5)

‘#Female Pleasure’ Should Screen in Age-Appropriate Classrooms Worldwide

Featuring five remarkable women activists across four continents, #Female Pleasure continues the global conversations regarding women and sexuality. Director Barbara Miller’s documentary gives an informative update on the contemporary view of female bodies and reminds a progressive and feminist audience that though we have come a long way, there is still a long way to… Continue reading ‘#Female Pleasure’ Should Screen in Age-Appropriate Classrooms Worldwide

‘Nureyev’ is a testament to the motion in motion pictures

Nureyev is an astonishing testament to the motion in motion pictures. Written and directed by Jaqcui Morris and David Morris, this documentary saves the phenomenon and life force of one of 20th century greatest ballet dancers and—also—pop icon, Rudolph Nureyev from the oblivion of history. In combining narration and archive footage with danced and dramatized… Continue reading ‘Nureyev’ is a testament to the motion in motion pictures

Adaptation of ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ Falls Short of Book

Though based on Shirley Jackson’s mystery novel, director Stacie Passon’s and screenwriter Mark Kruger’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle is not very chilling, instead it is quite uncomfortable. Discomfort is arguably a very good response to a thriller, but this unease was unfortunately not due to the story—it came from the storytelling itself.… Continue reading Adaptation of ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’ Falls Short of Book

‘Ferrante Fever’ against the author’s wishes

Elena Ferrante is one of Italy’s internationally most popular authors, yet – in using a pseudonym and insisting that her works should speak for themselves – remains an intriguing mystery to mass media and readers alike. In this documentary of classic interviewee format, director Giacomo Durzi and screenwriter Laura Buffoni have literary personae talk about… Continue reading ‘Ferrante Fever’ against the author’s wishes

‘Becoming Astrid’ a Travel between Worlds

Becoming Astrid is a powerful rendering of the early years shaping the world-renowned children’s book author Astrid Lindgren. The film is about the person behind the beloved stories and depicts her youth pregnancy and unsteady existence as she travels between her childhood hamlet Vimmerby, her secretary school in Stockholm and her son’s foster home in… Continue reading ‘Becoming Astrid’ a Travel between Worlds

‘Searching for Ingmar Bergman’ is another take on an overexposed personal history

Searching for Ingmar Bergman by German directors Margarethe von Trotta and Felix Moeller is another attempt to understand the real person behind the legendary name Ingmar Bergman. The Swedish arthouse director is one of the greatest influences on filmmaking to this day, and in light of this, Searching for Ingmar Bergman sets out to interview… Continue reading ‘Searching for Ingmar Bergman’ is another take on an overexposed personal history

MOUNTAIN (2017): Review by Malin Jornvi

Mountain is an ode to mountains: 74 minutes with frame after frame of steep views and the pull of dangerous explorations, all augmented by the strokes and keys of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In addition to the visuals of sublime nature, director Jennifer Peedom takes a philosophical stab at the subject matter, but the abstract film could have gone further with the human psychological relationship to mountains left only at the surface. However, for anyone sharing Peedom’s fascination with ice and stone, Mountain is sure to be an awe-inspiring watch. (MJJ: 3.5/5)

SUBMERGENCE (2017): Review by Malin Jornvi

Submergence is a perfect example of a story that would have been better served by not employing Hollywood stars. Resisting the attraction of the many close-ups on the stunningly made-up Vikander, or McAvoy’s tantalizing and immensely blue eyes, perhaps the washy story would have stayed longer on the drawing table and a more focused rewrite… Continue reading SUBMERGENCE (2017): Review by Malin Jornvi

VAZANTE (2017): Review by Malin Jornvi

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Vazante is painful to watch. Director and co-writer Daniela Thomas challenges the viewers in both subject matter and execution, but if you can stay with the long takes, presented without score and without color, a slow momentum is created that leads to an extraordinarily powerful ending. (MJJ: 3.5/5)

ATOMIC HOMEFRONT (2017): Review by Malin Jornvi

Director Rebecca Cammisa’s documentary is a testament to the minimizing and denying by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the danger that exists in North County, and how the sacrifice of war is always  the greatest in communities furthest from the decision-makers in Washington D.C. (MJJ: 4.5/5).

BENDING THE ARC (2017): Review by Malin Jornvi

Co-directors Kief Davidson and Perdro Kos and screenwriter Cori Sheperd Stern team up with passionate friends and start building long-lasting community-based systems— proving it is possible to change the world. (MJJ: 4.5/5)

EMBARGO (2017): Review by Malin Jornvi

Embargo circles around the history of the more than a half-century-long US embargo on Cuba. Director Jeri Rice meticulously explains the mechanics of how and why not much has changed, quite obviously not in the ceaselessly embargoed communist Cuba, but neither at the dream site of transformation: the blockading neo-liberal and democratic US. (MJJ: 3.5/5)