Currently Browsing: November 20, 2015

#HORROR

Filmmaker Tara Subkoff brings us #Horror a horror film based on real life events and the harsh truth about the effects of cyber bullying. While dealing with a very important topic, #Horror unfortunately misses the mark. (JEP: 3/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry Written and directed by Tara Subkoff, #Horror deals with the […]

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CAROL (2015)

Director Todd Haynes and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy have made a new film that is all parts but no whole. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s semi-autobiographical lesbian romance The Price of Salt, Carol has impeccable production values, but perfunctory character development and a predictable plot. And even though the Supreme Court recently affirmed Gay Marriage in the USA, the […]

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FRAME BY FRAME

While in power in Afghanistan, the Taliban regime banned all photography and destroyed many preexisting photographs. However, after September 11th the power shifted and the media blackout was lifted. Even so, photojournalists continue to be targeted, risking their lives for their work. Directed by Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli, Frame by Frame is a riveting […]

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Two FF2 Media reviews. Two sisters. Two viewpoints. The Good Dinosaur is the newest visually breathtaking film from Disney-Pixar, but its story and main conflict do little to support the beautiful backdrop against which it takes place. (GEP 4/5) Review by Contributing Editor Georgiana E. Presecky The titular good dinosaur is “Arlo,” (voiced by Raymond […]

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MUSTANG

Told through the lens of the youngest of five sisters, Mustang explores the emotional turmoil faced by young women in a small Turkish village. Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven masterfully portrays the struggles that the sisters face within their strict, traditional culture, as they begin to discover and express their sexuality. (EML: 4.5/5) Review by FF2 Associate Eliana […]

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THE NIGHT BEFORE

The Night Before tells the story of three best friends who vow to spend one last Christmas together. The film is exactly what you expect it to be, neither good nor bad. But this buddy comedy, led by an always-lovable Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has a sweet message hidden beneath its slapstick, drugged out, holiday adventure. (BKP: […]

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THE SUMMER OF SANGAILE

In The Summer of Sangailé’s colorfully-lit series of lazy day scenes and playful original soundtrack, Lithuanian filmmaker Alante Kavaite invokes gracefully, if a little simply, the feeling of the teenage summer. Lanky, serious “Sangailé” (Julija Steponaityte) is watching the airplane show at a summer fair, fascinated but too afraid of her vertigo to try herself. […]

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VERY SEMI-SERIOUS

Leah Wolchok goes behind the scenes of the The New Yorker, documenting history of the magazine’s memorable cartoons – and the cartoonists that brought them to life. Although traditional in its format, this engaging HBO project keeps you laughing minute by minute. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Cartoons in The New […]

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