Reviews

ReelWorld Film Festival: Horizon Beautiful Review

ReelWorld Film Festival: Horizon Beautiful Review

Vibrant colors from careworn clothes and plastic bags swaying lazily in a gentle midday breeze bring the diverse Ethiopian streets in Horizon Beautiful to life with multifaceted charms. Makeshift wooden chicken coops add rich visual texture to narrow alleyways while the whisper o... Read More »

ReelWorld Film Festival: Hue: A Matter of Colour Review

ReelWorld Film Festival: Hue: A Matter of Colour Review

The world has struggled with racism virtually as long as man has had the capacity to despise and distrust any differences he can see. Mankind has a long, terrible history of murder, subjugation, rape, torture and complete oppression based on little more than the skin color of tho... Read More »

ReelWorld Film Festival: Amin Amir Review

ReelWorld Film Festival: Amin Amir Review

Art has the power to alter people’s lives, to move mountains or moments, to enact changes both massive and minor in those who are affected by it. Amin Amir, directed by William Beauchamp, follows the titular artist and political cartoonist as he attempts to make both types of the... Read More »

ReelWorld Film Festival: Mama Rainbow Review

ReelWorld Film Festival: Mama Rainbow Review

Fan Popo’s documentary Mama Rainbow is all content over quality. The content is a story about parents coming to accept their gay and lesbian children in China, where there is an intense stigma on homosexuality, though not as intense as in Africa or the Middle East where there are... Read More »

Full Frame: Flowers from the Mount of Olives Review

Full Frame: Flowers from the Mount of Olives Review

“He wouldn’t even have minded becoming a tortoise himself if it meant Mrs Silver stroking his shell each morning and whispering endearments to him.” —Roald Dahl, Esio Trot You will need but a moment in the company of Heilika Pikkov’s film and its subject, the octogenarian Russia... Read More »

Afflicted Review

Afflicted Review

Friendship is the heart and soul of the fake documentary film shot in the spirit of found footage from Clif Prowse and Derek Lee. The two grew up together and made home movies that made their way into the opening of their film. Clif runs a travel blog, “Ends of the Earth.” Derek ... Read More »

ReelWorld Film Festival: Sleeping with the Fishes Review

ReelWorld Film Festival: Sleeping with the Fishes Review

Though a tad on the nose with its title and characters' names, Sleeping with the Fishes is a passable slice of life drama that follows a young woman (Alexis FISH, hah...) as she contends with the death of her unfaithful husband and the subsequent loss of her sense of identity as ... Read More »

ReelWorld Film Festival: Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution Review

ReelWorld Film Festival: Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution Review

Innocuous static photographs of jam spring to life and take on a revolutionary subtext as the act of digging below the surface of any story has the potential to yield countless untold treasures as we learn of the secret stories behind the making of the jam and the intellectual re... Read More »

ReelWorld Film Festival: Meryem Review

ReelWorld Film Festival: Meryem Review

Meryem is a tricky picture. The characters feel at once developed enough to become and remain engaged in the story, and also not developed enough to feel any real emotional connection to them. There is a certain aloofness taken by writer/director Atalay Tasdiken that makes the ... Read More »

Full Frame: Ana Ana, The Circle, Evolution of a Criminal Reviews

Full Frame: Ana Ana, The Circle, Evolution of a Criminal Reviews

Petr Lom and Corinne van Egeraat’s first film collaboration takes place in post-2011 revolution Egypt. Four female subjects constitute a ‘cinematic poem’ of impressions, images, and identities, with music by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Contrary to the title’s implication, the women are not... Read More »

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