Author Archives: Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

PLANETARIUM (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski and starring Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp, Planetarium follows two American sisters in pre-war France who make their living performing as mediums. They are hired by a French movie studio head who wants to document their … Continue reading

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RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD (2017): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Director Catherine Bainbridge’s Rumble is a dynamic music history lesson, giving much-needed credit to Native American traditional music for its influences on the rock and jazz that make up American culture today. It also draws much needed attention to the … Continue reading

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THE FENCER (2015): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Based on a true story, writer Anna Heinämaa’s The Fencer follows an Estonian man on the run from the Soviet government who takes refuge posing as a teacher in a small Estonian village. The film is fun, in that it’s … Continue reading

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WISH UPON (2017): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Wish Upon, penned by Barbara Marshall, is a morality tale that leans on a campy, under-researched interpretation of Chinese culture for its main lore elements. It arguably earns its 90 minutes of your life by achieving better acting and plotting … Continue reading

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

The Rehearsal follows a group of acting students writing an end-of-year dramatic piece about a recent underage sex scandal. When one of the group strikes up a romance with the sister of the victim, the students get access to information … Continue reading

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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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