Category: 2020s

The Mortuary Collection Movie Film

Interview with ‘The Mortuary Collection’ Actor Clancy Brown

Joey Keogh Interviews ‘The Mortuary Collection’ Actor Clancy Brown

Jakob's Wife Movie Film

Interview with ‘Jakob’s Wife’ Director Travis Stevens

Joey Keogh Interviews ‘Jakob’s Wife’ Director Travis Stevens

Jakob's Wife Movie Film - Bonnie Aarons

Interview with ‘Jakob’s Wife’ Actress Bonnie Aarons

Joey Keogh Interviews ‘Jakob’s Wife’ Actress Bonnie Aarons

Jakob's Wife Movie Film

Review: Travis Stevens’ ‘Jakob’s Wife’

“Aside from being a furiously feminist film, ‘Jakob’s Wife’ is mordantly funny, gruesomely gory and gloriously unpredictable.”

Night in Paradise - Netflix Movie Film

Netflix Review: Hoon-Jung Park’s ‘Night in Paradise’

“‘Night in Paradise’ isn’t the ideal movie for locked-down streamers, but it’s one that challenges audiences to find silver linings in dark life experiences.”

Kubrick by Kubrick Documentary

The Master’s Voice: Gregory Monro’s ‘Kubrick by Kubrick’

“‘Kubrick by Kubrick’ has the effect of placing the notoriously particular and media-shy subject in the room with the eager listener/viewer.”

This Is a Robbery: The World's Greatest Art Heist - Netflix Documentary

Netflix Review: ‘This Is a Robbery: The World’s Greatest Art Heist’

“With ‘This Is a Robbery,’ Barnicle manages to pinpoint what probably happened at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on St. Patty’s Day 1990 while amplifying the long-term mystery.”

Quo vadis, Aida? Movie Film

Why Criticism: The Difficulties of Depicting Genocide in ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ and ‘La Llorona’

“Roger Ebert once wrote ‘it’s not what a film is about, it’s how it is about it,’ and it’s this phrase that I usually return to when thinking about cinema that deals with humanity’s worst impulses.”

Nina Wu Movie Film

Caught in a Bad Romance: On Psychological Horror and Visual Design in ‘Nina Wu’

“‘Nina Wu’ isn’t just a ‘#MeToo thriller’ or ‘slow burn cinema,’ it’s a progressive spin on psychological horror and a master class in visceral visual design.”

End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock - Documentary

North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival Review: Shannon Kring’s ‘End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock’

“End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock’ belongs to a tradition of activist filmmaking that draws from investigative journalism as well as from artistic principles and techniques.”

Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American - Netflix

Netflix Review: ‘Nate Bargatze: The Greatest Average American’

“Bargatze delivers a strong one-hour set in ‘The Greatest Average American,’ even if he seems more interested in referencing his family and friends than owning the stage with original bits.”

Tahar Rahim as Charles Sobhraj in The Serpent on Netflix

Netflix Review: ‘The Serpent’ Suffers from an Identity Crisis

“‘The Serpent’ fashions itself as a serial killer epic, but feels more like an uninspired Jacques Audiard knockoff that shows little interest in deconstructing the psychology of its subject.”

No Hard Feelings Movie Film

Somewhere, There Is a Shelter: Queer Futurity in Faraz Shariat’s ‘No Hard Feelings’

“‘No Hard Feelings’ takes queerness as a given, capturing queer joy onscreen while never losing sight of the stark realities of migrants seeking refuge in a still highly xenophobic Europe.”

Shoplifters of the World Movie Review - 2021 Stephen Kijak Film

Review: Stephen Kijak’s ‘Shoplifters of the World’

“‘Shoplifters of the World’ seems more affectionate to 2000s conceptions of 1980s nostalgia than to the thing itself.”

Dota: Dragon's Blood

Netflix Review: ‘Dota: Dragon’s Blood’ Season 1

“‘All these books, all this magic, yeah, they have potential. But what exactly is ‘DOTA: Dragon’s Blood’ trying to say?”

Cowboys Movie Film

BFI Flare Review: Anna Kerrigan’s ‘Cowboys’

“Joe’s backstory allows ‘Cowboys’ to explore the difficulty of being young and trans, but never in a way that feels exploitative.”

Sweetheart Movie Review - 2021 Marley Morrison Film

BFI Flare Review: Marley Morrison’s ‘Sweetheart’

“The way ‘Sweetheart’ approaches the topic of AJ’s sexuality isn’t groundbreaking, but in a world where queer coming of age stories are still defined by the “coming out” part, it feels refreshing all the same.”

Kiss Me Before It Blows Up Movie Film

BFI Flare Review: Shirel Peleg’s ‘Kiss Me Before It Blows Up’

“For a debut feature, ‘Kiss Me Before It Blows Up’ is a bold and assertive movie that nails a few funny moments, but it would’ve benefitted from a more nuanced exploration of its complex subject matter.”

Zack Snyder's Justice League Movie Film

Review: ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

“In an era where Disney allows Marvel to experiment boldly with narrative structures in a show like ‘WandaVision,’ ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ seems like a tired old horse that needs to be put out to pasture.”

The Last Blockbuster Documentary

Review: Taylor Morden’s ‘The Last Blockbuster’

“Too often, the tongue-in-cheek tone veers into the empty calorie territory of VH1’s cable television time-filler ‘I Love the ‘80s,’ as subjects like Doug Benson and Ron Funches can’t resist using their screen time to test what feels like standup material.”