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GOOD FORTUNE (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

“Success unshared, is failure.” That’s John Paul DeJoria’s motto, and Good Fortune, Rebecca Harrell Tickell’s profile on this entrepreneur and humanitarian, proves that “JP” is as good as his word. While the overall message of the film, that capitalism can … Continue reading

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HARE KRISHNA! (2017): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Full Title: Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement and the Swami Who Started It All A well known religious group, the Hare Krishnas have been criticized for cult-like behavior, though they have also been lauded for their rejection of materialism … Continue reading

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ASCENT (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Director Fiona Tan presents a photo-film meditation on Mount Fuji, which she narrates in character as a woman mourning the death of her partner. She walks us through Mount Fuji’s cultural significance to Japan, its physical terrain, and the awesome … Continue reading

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BERLIN SYNDROME (2017): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Berlin Syndrome is named for both the city in which the film takes place, and Stockholm Syndrome, the psychological condition where a prisoner falls in love with their captor. From that title, you might guess that it’s a story about … Continue reading

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PAINT IT BLACK (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Paint it Black is a tour de force showcasing the brilliant work of three women: director Amber Tamblyn, and actresses Alia Shawkat and Janet McTeer. With Tamblyn’s visionary guidance, Shawkat and McTeer give performances that will by turns make you … Continue reading

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THE DROWNING (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

The Drowning is a psychological thriller that keeps the viewer guessing and still manages to surprise—based on the novel by Pat Barker and directed by Bette Gordon, this tightly plotted tale of obsession is a tour de force. The performances … Continue reading

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A WOMAN’S LIFE (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

A Woman's Life depicts the life of a woman living in the 19th century—unfortunately, it is about as boring and unpleasant as the life of a woman in the 19th century. Director Stéphane Brizé fails to impress in this pretty … Continue reading

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BELOW HER MOUTH (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Below Her Mouth is a lazily plotted but consistently erotic lesbian film that, while poorly written, features some great performances and excellent camerawork. I was unable to find reference to director April Mullen’s sexual orientation, but I would place a … Continue reading

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THE PENGUIN COUNTERS (2017): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Antarctica is known as the continent most hostile to human life, second only to Australia and so uninhabitable that most people forget that it is a continent at all. It is to this frozen tundra that has claimed so many … Continue reading

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MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

On the occasion of his Guggenheim retrospective, first-time director Maura Axelrod walks us through Maurizio Catellan’s tumultuous career in a documentary that is pitch-perfect in its embracing of his art’s irreverent tone. The result is a delightfully fun and educational … Continue reading

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