Month: December 2020

Sometimes You Get Lucky: Composer James Newton Howard on News of the World

Whether you know it or not, you’ve heard a James Newton Howard score. Howard has composed music for over a hundred films, collecting a whopping eight Oscar nominations along the way. His scores are as


A teen tries to make sense of the world in Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, the latest from writer/director Yaniv Raz. Based on the book of the same name by Evan Roskos, the film follows

The Coronation Stone in London, England

The name “Kingston” gives some indication about the historical importance of this Thames-side town, located just southwest of the hustle and bustle of London. This small enclave has a unique royal connection.  Towards the end

Amazake-chaya Tea House in Hakone, Japan

The town of Hakone has attracted visitors for centuries, serving as the entrance to Tokyo for those making their way from the cities of Kyoto or Nara. Naturally, Hakone had many inns and teahouses, which

BLACK PANTHERS: Framing Resistance

One of acclaimed French New Wave director Agnes Varda‘s lesser-known films documents the summer of 1968 in Oakland, California. Less than thirty minutes long, Black Panthers shows the resistance group through the words of its

CASTLE FREAK: Remake Adds More Lovecraftian Charm

Castle Freak, directed by Tate Steinsiek and written by Kathy Charles, updates the story built from bits and pieces of Lovecraft‘s The Outsider and The Rats in the Walls for Stuart Gordon‘s 1995 film. This

Watch: Excellent Dutch Short Film ‘Yulia & Juliet’ About Tragic Love

“Don’t act all poetic.” An excellent, intimate short film to feature just before 2020 ends. Yulia & Juliet is an 11-minute short film made by Dutch filmmaker Zara Dwinger. This originally premiered in 2018 and

Treacle – Short Film Review

★★★ Directed by: #RosieWesthoff Written by: #AprilKelley Starring: #AprilKelley, #AriAnderson, #AlexParker, #JonathanMatthewWilson Short Film Review by: #TomWilmot The short film Treacle is directed by Rosie Westhoff and written by April Kelley, who also stars in

DEATH TO 2020: A Comedic And Cathartic Release From The Past

We can all admit that 2020 has been one hell of a year. An unrelenting boxing match that seemed to never waver, each punch more gut-wrenching and strenuous than the last. Yet, as we look

Why We Didn’t Need a New Cut of ‘Godfather Part III’

Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part III” was the most anticipated film of 1990 and quickly became its most divisive. The dismissal of Coppola’s film was always a gross miscalculation, brought on by several factors: