Tagged with 2017 Films

Review: The Tiger Hunter, 2017, dir. Lena Khan

Review: The Tiger Hunter, 2017, dir. Lena Khan


Casting people of colors in roles that demand they speak in regional accents they don’t have is insulting, but what if – what if – a movie directed by an Indian-American woman (Lena Khan!) cast an Indian-American actor (Danny Pudi!) as a guy from India and thus required him to adopt an Indian accent? I’m not sure … Continue reading

Review: High Fantasy, 2017, dir. Jenna Bass

Review: High Fantasy, 2017, dir. Jenna Bass


I think we’re going to see a lot of people making movies on iPhones, or I guess I should say a lot more people; it’s not like Sean Baker, the brilliant Sean Baker, he of Tangerine, and Starlet, and Prince of Broadway, is the first filmmaker to think of using a mobile device to shoot a movie, but I doubt … Continue reading

Review: 1%, 2017, dir. Stephen McCallum

Review: 1%, 2017, dir. Stephen McCallum


I suspect most will find 1% entertaining enough that my remote TIFF review of the film (so called because I reviewed the film in Boston and not on-location at TIFF) will strike some as maybe a little bit unfair or even a bit pretentious. Well…you’re wrong! It’s neither of these things. If anything, I’m just being … Continue reading

Interview: Janicza Bravo & Brett Gelman, Lemon

Interview: Janicza Bravo & Brett Gelman, Lemon


Sick of hearing me talk about Lemon? Tough noogies: Here’s more of me talking about Lemon, this time in conversation with Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman. Bravo directed the thing; Gelman starred in the thing; they both wrote the thing together. It’s a good thing! (The movie, I mean. The interview is a good thing, too, though, … Continue reading

Review: Beach Rats, 2017, dir. Eliza Hittman

Review: Beach Rats, 2017, dir. Eliza Hittman


There’s a component of familiarity in Beach Rats, a movie about a young man performing heteronormative masculinity, but the familiarity is muffled by Eliza Hittman’s directing style; she’s one of a kind, and so is her movie, the first she’s made in the last few years after debuting with the superb It Felt Like Love.  Beach Rats … Continue reading

Review: Lemon, 2017, dir. Janicza Bravo

Review: Lemon, 2017, dir. Janicza Bravo


Here it is, at long last (that is, if you think six months qualifies as “long”): My review of Janicza Bravo’s excellent debut feature film, Lemon, a chronicle of defective but self-aggrandizing whiteness, starring Bravo’s husband Brett Gelman (also serving here as co-writer; they’re a real team).  There are reasons and then some why I like … Continue reading

Review: Columbus, 2017, dir. Kogonada

Review: Columbus, 2017, dir. Kogonada


I missed Columbus at this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston, so of course I was thrilled to catch up with it for its theatrical release. I was even more thrilled to find that it’s lovely, poetic, and just plain old great. At a glance, I expected the film to follow along expected plot lines, but I … Continue reading