Review: Girls Lost (Pojkarna)

Watching Girls Lost (Pojkarna in the original Swedish) makes me wish I had all that education film critics have. That way I might understand all the Swedishness of this film with its strange symbolism, magical thinking, and morose ending. Beware the spoilers. Continue reading “Review: Girls Lost (Pojkarna)”

Exclusive: Interview with Jake Graf, Creator of the Powerful Short ‘Headspace’

British transgender activist and director Jake Graf granted us an email interview about his short film Headspace. Here’s how he describes the film: “Headspace gives a rare and intimate glimpse into the trials and tribulations faced by trans folk on a daily basis.” Continue reading “Exclusive: Interview with Jake Graf, Creator of the Powerful Short ‘Headspace’”

Review: Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria is a reflection on youth and aging with outstanding performances from Juliette Binoche as actress Maria Enders and Kristen Stewart as her personal assistant Val. Continue reading “Review: Clouds of Sils Maria”

Review: Not Another Happy Ending

Not Another Happy Ending is from Scotland. The 2013 romance about a writer and her publisher is light and fun and utterly predictable. Nothing is wrong with a predictable romance, because half the fun comes from watching the people involved figure out who it is they are supposed to be with. The audience, of course, knows this from the beginning. Continue reading “Review: Not Another Happy Ending”

Review: An Unfinished Life

I watched 2005’s An Unfinished Life years ago and remember liking it. When I saw it on Netflix, I thought Why not give it another try? It’s crazy hard to find anything with a good lead female character on Netflix, and here was An Unfinished Life with Jennifer Lopez just waiting. Continue reading “Review: An Unfinished Life”

Review: Miss Stevens

Miss Stevens is a surprising indie about a teacher and 3 students who go to a drama competition. Lily Rabe stars as Miss Stevens, the teacher. Continue reading “Review: Miss Stevens”

Review: The Innocents

The Innocents is one of the most beautiful and touching films I have ever seen. It’s set in 1945 Poland. A French doctor Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Laâge) is in Poland taking care of wounded French soldiers. She is called to a convent by a frantic nun. She discovers a number of pregnant nuns, all about to deliver. Continue reading “Review: The Innocents”

Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a 2016 Tina Fey starrer about a journalist in Afghanistan. It is based on a book by Kim Barker, “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” The premise should guarantee an interesting journey into an unknown land. In some ways it fulfills that promise, it some ways it does not. Continue reading “Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”