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

Film Review: Sequin in a Blue Room

★★★★ Sequin in a Blue Room, a searing and sexually-charged Australian thriller, is a stunning feature debut from writer/director Samuel Van Grinsven. The film hones in on a particular subset of gay hookup culture, and the Sydney setting provides specificity and unique flavor to its coming-of-age explorations. Led by a stunning turn from Conor Leach … Continue reading Film Review: Sequin in a Blue Room

OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2021 Wrap-Up

The 2021 OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival highlighted a wide range of fascinating indies of varying qualities. I really enjoyed taking the time to watch so many of these under-the-radar movies, many of which would've probably flown under my radar otherwise. For the movies I've already covered previously, or those awarded full coverage elsewhere, I have … Continue reading OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2021 Wrap-Up