Review: An Easy Girl

Director: Rebecca Zlotowski Stars: Zahia Dehar, Mina Farid, Benoît Magimel The low-stakes French film about a summer of love and sexual awakening is, at this point, a subgenre all of it's own. Comfortable, nostalgic movies that feel like mini holidays all by themselves. Beautiful countryside, beautiful beaches and beautiful people. Male directors incuding Éric Rohmer, … Continue reading Review: An Easy Girl

Review: Babyteeth

Director: Shannon Murphy Stars: Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Essie Davis Ten years ago, going to the movies got strangely uncomfortable. Following the smash hit Avatar, 3D became the new fad, with all the big studios (and a handful of curious auteurs) jumping on the bandwagon. This repackaging of an old gimmick had its moment of novelty … Continue reading Review: Babyteeth

Review: Take Me Somewhere Nice

Director: Ena Sendijarević Stars: Sara Luna Zoric, Lazar Dragojevic, Ernad Prnjavorac Another week, another COVID-19-tainted home viewing experience. In this case the film's very name. Take Me Somewhere Nice. That sounds pretty good right now. The simple things we took for granted. Travelling. Company. A casual life. For me the title also echoes fondly with … Continue reading Review: Take Me Somewhere Nice

Review: Booksmart

Director: Olivia Wilde Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd Molly (Beanie Feldstein) is class president and has spent the entirety of her high school life devoted to academia. At the expense of popularity and at the expense of life experience. She has a bestie, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), who has walked much the same path. … Continue reading Review: Booksmart

Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Director: Desiree Akhavan Stars:  Chloë Grace Moretz, John Gallagher, Jr., Sasha Lane OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR. The above phrase, commonly stamped on wing mirrors, was made famous as a cinematic punchline in 1993 when Steven Spielberg used it to comic effect in Jurassic Park. In that movie it was a playful wink … Continue reading Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Review: Raw

Director: Julia Ducournau Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella The coming of age drama is easily mutated into the horror picture as filmmakers attempt to wrestle the incredible changes that we go through in our adolescence into dynamic narrative forms. Take Ginger Snaps, for example, in which Katharine Isabelle finds herself transforming into a … Continue reading Review: Raw

Review: The Fits

Director: Anna Rose Holmer Stars: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr. Coming in at a temptingly svelte 72 minutes, Anna Rose Holmer's debut feature The Fits is one of those modest joys that appear every now and again that deserve better distribution than has been generally afforded. If you can find a screening of … Continue reading Review: The Fits

Review: Moonlight

Director: Barry Jenkins Stars: Ashton Sanders, Alex R Hibbert, Trevante Rhodes The Florida shoreline is an intrinsic part of Barry Jenkins' Moonlight; the steady rhythms of the breaking waves setting a pulse for the film. Jenkins pushes the sound deftly, rekindles it, has it play in dreams. The relaxed rhythm reminds the viewer of breathing. In … Continue reading Review: Moonlight

Review: Beyond Clueless

The 'teen' film - be it in the guise of romance, comedy, horror, coming-of-age drama or a combination of all of these and more - is one of those anomalies in the cinematic canon; often openly beloved by audiences, they rarely if ever receive much backing from the critics. The ones that do tend to … Continue reading Review: Beyond Clueless