Fantastic Fest 2021: The Found Footage Phenomenon

★★★★ The found footage subgenre, popularized by such milestone horror films as The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, finally gets a much-needed expansive documentary! The Found Footage Phenomenon charts the origins of this increasingly popular subgenre of horror. Talking head interviews with plentiful horror directors (including Rob Savage, Oren Peli, and more), surprising trends, … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2021: The Found Footage Phenomenon

TIFF 2021: Music Box: Jagged

★★★★ As a music documentary, I think it is already obvious if one will find enjoyment in this new feature on iconic songwriter, Alanis Morissette. Like all of the best docs, we chart Morissette’s comprehensive rise from a faux-pop singer to an influential girl-power songwriter. The documentary gives one a glimpse into the headspace of … Continue reading TIFF 2021: Music Box: Jagged

Bentonville Film Festival 2021 Wrap-Up

This year's Bentonville Film Festival brings with it a variety of riveting indie filmmaking, largely from female creators and primarily specializing in dramas and rom-coms. Below, I have rounded up the films I saw at this festival, including links for their roster I have previously viewed. Films 7 DAYS Full review at the link. AMERICANISH … Continue reading Bentonville Film Festival 2021 Wrap-Up

Film Review: The Sleepless Unrest: The Real Conjuring Home

★ I am a huge fan of WB’s The Conjuring Universe, so a creepy documentary set at the real-life house from the original movie sounded like it would be right up my alley. An unintentionally funny opening crawl, with a creepy robotic voice setting up the events, was the first warning sign of things to … Continue reading Film Review: The Sleepless Unrest: The Real Conjuring Home

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

Film Review: Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

★★★ Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street is a rather straightforward documentary—it’s completely comprehensive to the first part of the Sesame Street legacy. The origins in trying to reach inner city kids, and helping prepare young children for school, was something I had never thought of before watching. It touches on surprising things like … Continue reading Film Review: Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street