Monthly Archives: June 2017


There is a scene roughly halfway through Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 backstage masterpiece The Red Shoes where Ballet Russe impresario Lermontov comforts his understandably nervous principal dancer, Vicky Page. “Nothing matters by the music,” Lermontov assures her. He hums … Continue reading

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The beauty of Band Aid is that while every happy couple may be alike, not every romantic comedy about them has to be. Director Zoe Lister-Jones (who also wrote, produced, and stars) manages to avoid the pitfalls of a typical … Continue reading

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Chasing Trane, the new documentary about saxophonist John Coltrane, opens with a digital trip through the cosmos. Coltrane’s music arranges the galaxies and a constellation forms to assemble his image while disembodied voices rhapsodies about the great jazz musician. Time … Continue reading

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Presenting a consumable cross-section of the 35 shorts that played at this past January’s Sundance Film Festival, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour offers seven films of varying length, subject matter, and execution. All of the selected seven … Continue reading

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The disappearance of a tourist brings two bumbling inspectors to the picturesque seaside town of Slack Bay; a place where a mussel gathering family cradle-carry the wealthy across the bay when the tide is high, wealthy that are too obsessed with … Continue reading

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All first films are alike; each final film is final in its own way. When Polish director Andrzej Wajda made A Generation in 1954, he already had three shorts and an apprenticeship with filmmaker Aleksander Ford under his belt, but it was … Continue reading

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The horror is so bad you wish you were watching something scripted, something directed. But you’re not; you’re watching reality play out in gory detail. A man is dragged from his truck and beaten within an inch of his life. … Continue reading

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