Pain & Glory – Pride Month Retrospective

https://youtu.be/pEjFOkCKb3g Written & Directed by Pedro Almodóvar ★★★★ There’s growth all around “Pain & Glory” (2019), personal, universal, and out with the film itself, and while there is an overarching narrative, Pedro Almodóvar’s film is as equally about his self journey as it is Salvador Mallo’s back and forth throughout life. A story of pleasure, it … Continue reading Pain & Glory – Pride Month Retrospective

Mary and Max – Retrospective Review

https://youtu.be/MgRjB8PEDkM Written & Directed by Adam Elliot Australia/2009/92 Mins ★★★★★ A two-fold coming-of-age narrative ‘Mary and Max’ (2009) charters the progression of Mary, a young, ‘chubby’ and socially anxious Australian, into a woman, friendship with Max, a middle-aged Atheistic Jew in America. Pen pals, a support system, their friendship grows as Mary seeks an escape … Continue reading Mary and Max – Retrospective Review

Stray Dolls – Review

https://youtu.be/IR-Ao4LOBtM Directed by Sonejuhi Sinha Written by Sonejuhi Sinha & Charlotte Rabate One little crime, that’s all it takes. Someone may commit this out of greed or coercion, perhaps you just want to experience that thrill, or maybe you do it to survive in a cruel, unbalanced society. Sonejuhi Sinha’s directorial feature debut, ‘Stray Dolls’ (2019) … Continue reading Stray Dolls – Review

Mickey and the Bear – Review

https://youtu.be/e2p9bCvDryM Wirrten & Directed by Annabelle Attanasio The prospect of forging one’s path at the cost of leaving others behind is certainly far from an original narrative for the coming-of-age drama. For first-time writer & director Annabelle Attanasio however, what she achieves with Mickey and the Bear is a heart-wrenching, visceral piece on the pursuit of personal … Continue reading Mickey and the Bear – Review

Spotlights & Spirits – A Retrospective on Joan Crawford

Lucille Fay LeSueur started as a dancer for a variety of travelling shows, elevating her way to chorus girl, and would go by LeSueur until her time with MGM, where Joan Crawford would emerge as a prominent force on the Hollywood scene. One of the ‘symbols’ of the studio gals, with the likes of Judy Garland or Claudette Colbert, Crawford … Continue reading Spotlights & Spirits – A Retrospective on Joan Crawford