Provincetown International Film Festival 2021 Wrap-Up

For this year's Provincetown International Film Festival, I caught a couple of great gems, with my favorite of the bunch being the absolutely phenomenal drama, CODA. A full listing of all the films covered, including recently-reviewed ones from previous festivals, is included below... Films BEANS Full review at the link. BEING BEBE Full review at … Continue reading Provincetown International Film Festival 2021 Wrap-Up

Frameline 2021: Jump, Darling

★★★★ Cloris Leachman, a film legend who sadly passed away earlier this year, couldn’t have selected a more beautiful swan song. Jump, Darling charts a budding actor-turned-drag-queen, Russell (Thomas Duplessie), as he flees to the country home of his sassy grandmother, Margaret (Leachman). He is shocked to find her in relatively steep decline; initially planning … Continue reading Frameline 2021: Jump, Darling

Tribeca 2021: Pray Away

★★★★ For those unfamiliar with conversion therapy, Netflix documentary Pray Away, executive produced by Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum, wastes no time filling you in. The opening text describes it as “the attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity” via religious leader, licensed counselor, or peer support group. It is a practice … Continue reading Tribeca 2021: Pray Away

Tribeca 2021: The Novice

★★★★ Writer/director Lauren Hadaway’s dour, waterlogged thriller The Novice is driven by Isabelle Fuhrman’s explosive performance as obsessive rower Alex. It is a tense and enthralling debut feature, brimming with harsh imagery and fully-forming Alex’s troubled character. While I expected a bigger crescendo of dramatic release at the end, this is an impeccably directed and … Continue reading Tribeca 2021: The Novice

Inside Out 2021: I Carry You With Me

★★★★ I Carry You With Me blends narrative and documentary filmmaking into a beautiful examination of love across borders. It tells the true story of the love between two Mexican men: aspiring closeted chef Ivan (Armando Espitia) and high school teacher Gerardo (Christian Vazquez). When Ivan gets snubbed for a promotion to finally work in … Continue reading Inside Out 2021: I Carry You With Me