Thursday, May 13, 2021

Ad Astra: a space adventure that cracks open traditional masculinity

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With Ad Astra, his second father-son adventure movie in a row, writer-director James Gray goes from the Amazon Jungle (The Lost City of Z...

Official Secrets offers moving performance by Knightley in mixed bag of...

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After directing 2015’s Eye in the Sky, an astonishing thriller based on real world events and featuring hardly any expository dialogue, South African-born...

Miami Film Festival’s GEMS announces this year’s titles

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October in our area of South Florida marks the beginning of the roll out of some of the most anticipated independent and international films...

The Nightingale makes revenge unsettling

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There hasn’t been a movie this year that has so consistently moved me as much as the violent, horrifying revenge film The Nightingale. A...

IndieEthos podcast, Episode 8: Now playing movies + the Boaty Weekender...

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Here's the latest Jolt Radio podcast. It came soon after I returned from "The Boaty Weekender," so most of the show is about what...

The Farewell director Lulu Wang on mixing screwball humor with pathos

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Way back in 2015, we interviewed writer-director Lulu Wang about her feature debut starring Brit Marling, Posthumous (Posthumous director Lulu Wang on the inspiration...

Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood has heart to outshine...

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For his second to last film before he retires writer-director Quentin Tarantino reveals a lighter, sentimental touch for nostalgia. It’s a shame that Once...

IndieEthos podcast on Jolt, Episode 6 + preview for Episode 7...

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In exactly a week I return to Jolt Radio with a new episode of The Independent Ethos Radio Hour. We are now being sponsored...

A Midsommar beyond horror

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Beyond jump scares and disturbing images, good horror movies tap into the terror of taboo and those dark places of consciousness where it feels...

The Last Black Man in San Francisco subverts sentimentality

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With bold vision informed by soul, The Last Black Man in San Francisco makes for an impressive directorial debut. It is a film where...