Monthly Archives: August 2017

Highlights For Week Ending September 3. 2017

Highlights For Week Ending September 3. 2017

THINKING CINEMA GOES TO TIFF!

We’re heading to Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival next week. Thinking Cinema will return on September 22 with capsule reviews of all films viewed and a report on the festival experience.

Are you an aspiring novelist? If so, you may be interested in a special feature on September 22. I’m reviewing a new book called Storytelling For Pantsers: How To Write And Revise Your Novel Without An Outline by Annalisa Parent.

Starting September 22, Thinking Cinema will resume its usual weekly schedule.

Film Review: Sieranevada

Film Review: Sieranevada

Saying the Romanian film Sieranevada does not feel as long as it is might appear to be a backhanded compliment. The story, which takes nearly three hours to tell, takes place largely within the confines of an apartment. There is some action, but much more talk. The viewer must work to understand relationships between Sieraneveada’sContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: August: Osage County

Film Appreciation: August: Osage County

Stage plays have always been a popular source of material for films, and often the source of very good ones (Inherit The Wind, Glengarry Glen Ross). They can also give rise to films characterized by what I sometimes call Mixed Martial Acting (Carnage, 1958’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof). The main characteristic of theseContinue Reading

Film Review: Between Worlds

Film Review: Between Worlds

Israel’s Between Worlds is an intriguing film about an unexpected friendship between two women, one of whom uses a false identity. Director/ screenwriter Miya Hatav lets the audience in on the reason for the deception, which adds a note of tension throughout. A young man named Ulli is taken to a Jerusalem hospital after beingContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: Europa Europa

Film Appreciation: Europa Europa

Introduction Conventional wisdom holds that you should know as little as possible about films before watching them, in order to form a clear and unbiased opinion. And then there are films like 1990’s Europa Europa. I think a lot of people would dismiss this film if they went into it cold. Director Agnieszka Holland (whoContinue Reading

Film Review: Still Tomorrow

Film Review: Still Tomorrow

Jian Fan’s documentary Still Tomorrow is an unpretentious, haunting film about poet Xiahua Yu. Like the poems written by Ms. Yu, this film never tries to win you over. It simply presents its case with such dignity that you surrender to it of your own accord. Yu came to national attention in 2015 when herContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: The Sessions

Film Appreciation: The Sessions

When Fox Searchlight Pictures released The Sessions in 2012, the studio went with taglines like “The festival hit of the year!” and “Based on the triumphant true story”. It is not hard to see why the studio took a low-key approach. The film’s story, how disabled writer Mark O’Brien hires a sex surrogate to helpContinue Reading

Films About Poets: List For Week Ending August 6, 2017

Films About Poets: List For Week Ending August 6, 2017

Our films this week all depict poet’s lives, either in documentaries or in docudramas. This is not intended as an all-inclusive list. Reader suggestions are welcome. If you know an addition to this list, please write using the comments below. Still Tomorrow (2016) (Reviewed In Thinking Cinema 8/4/17)  http://www.thinkingcinema.com/film-review-still-tomorrow/ The Sessions (2012) (Article In ThinkingContinue Reading