Monthly Archives: October 2017

Film Review: Bad Lucky Goat

Film Review: Bad Lucky Goat

My suggestion for viewing Bad Lucky Goat? Relax and go with it. First-time director Samir Oliveros, who is based in Colombia, has created an offbeat charmer that could become an art house hit with the proper word of mouth.

Teenagers Cornelius “Corn” Denton (Honlenny Huffington) and his older sister Rita (Kiara Howard) are sent by their parents to pick up benches for their family’s hotel. Brother and sister bicker the entire time, to the extent that Rita takes her eyes off the road and kills a goat (played by Vincent Van Goat). She also wrecks their truck. Now Corn and Rita must work together to get the truck repaired and scrounge up money for payment without their parents’ knowing.

Along the way, they encounter local residents like pawnbroker Goldie (Ambrosio Huffington) and Rastafari drum maker Brother Rainbow (Elkin Robinson). Brother Rainbow and his group perform a wonderful number that makes music from natural elements.

The score, which features reggae, calypso, soca, and mento, is a standout. So are the shots of the Colombian island of Old Providence, where the film was shot. The actors, most of whom are nonprofessional, give naturalistic performances. Honlenny Huffington and Kiara Howard are entirely believable as the quarreling siblings.

You will likely figure out the major narratives arcs in advance but that is beside the point. For a film like this, the journey matters far more than the destination.

Theme: Siblings

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Film Appreciation: Limonata

Film Appreciation: Limonata

I discovered the 2015 Turkish film Limonata, Ali Atay’s feature directing debut, somewhat by accident on Netflix. A couple of viewings later, I am a fan. Atay has a sure instinct for deadpan visual effects, and this suits the story quite well. In addition, he and co-writer Ertan Saban have produced a funny variation on the road/buddyContinue Reading

Siblings: List For Week Ending October 22, 2017

Siblings: List For Week Ending October 22, 2017

Our films this week all focus on relationships between siblings. These can be supportive (To Kill A Mockingbird) or combative (Bad Lucky Goat). Siblings may confront a troubled past (Dark River, Limonata) or work through challenges together (Walkabout). The only common thread is that their interaction makes good cinema. This is not intended as an all-inclusive list.Continue Reading

Film Review: The Florida Project

Film Review: The Florida Project

Sean Baker’s new film, The Florida Project, is an unsentimental look at poverty and life on the edge. At the same time, it is a moving portrayal of a child’s ability to celebrate life even in the harshest of surroundings. Six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) lives week to week with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) atContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: Little Fugitive

Film Appreciation: Little Fugitive

“Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn’t been for the young American Morris Engel, who showed us the way to independent production with his fine movie, Little Fugitive.” Francois Truffaut A desire for independent production has been around as long as there have been films. The Society of Independent MotionContinue Reading

Film Review: Lucky

Film Review: Lucky

John Carroll Lynch’s film Lucky is a warts-and-all character study of the title character, played by the incomparable Harry Dean Stanton. This film makes no attempt to ingratiate itself, but will find its way into your heart just the same. We first meet Lucky at the beginning of a day-and his days are all prettyContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: Paris, Texas

Film Appreciation: Paris, Texas

A Tale Of Two Road Movies Paris, Texas is a complex, stunning film. It has a western’s sensibility, in that its protagonist is concerned with reestablishing a type of law and order. Even so, Wim Wender’s 1984 film has little in common with classic Hollywood westerns. The story centers on a traumatized man, played byContinue Reading