Month: January 2021

Teaser for Japan’s Latest Reboot – Anno & Higuchi’s ‘Shin Ultraman’

Guess who’s back?! Toho Pictures has unveiled the first teaser trailer for the monsterverse adventure Shin Ultraman, an update on the beloved ’60s TV character from Japan. Toho convinced filmmakers Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi

Deep-Fried Fingers short film review

★★★★ Directed by: #DanielGreenway Written by: #DanielGreenway Starring: #DeeHarris, #RuthPownall, #DaisyHobbs Film Review by: Patrick Foley Inverting animal and human relationships is hardly a new metaphor to demonstrate uncomfortable truths about animal rights, factory-farming, or

Sundance 2021: Faya Dayi, Sabaya, Writing With Fire

One of the happy byproducts of Sundance’s digital incarnation is time. Space to first consider, more space to reconsider. On first blush, Jessica Beshir’s abstract anthropological directorial feature debut, “Faya Dayi,” left me underwhelmed. Bewildered.

‘Mosquito Coast’ Gave Harrison Ford, and His Fans, the Ultimate Challenge

Harrison Ford’s character in “The Mosquito Coast” is a genius, a quality he goes out of his way to ensure everyone around him knows. Ford’s Allie Fox is a tireless inventor who has never received

How Animators Created the Elaborate “Ave Maria” Sequence for ‘Fantasia’

Welcome to How’d They Do That? — a bi-monthly column that unpacks moments of movie magic and celebrates the technical wizards who pulled them off. This entry explains why the “Ave Maria” sequence in Disney’s

On the Count of Three – first-look review

There’s a scene about two-thirds into Jerrod Carmichael’s directorial debut in which Kevin (Christopher Abbott) is at the wheel of an obnoxious yellow Jeep, swigging from a bottle of Maker’s Mark, screaming along to Papa

Sundance 2021: Sian Heder’s ‘CODA’ is a Revolution in Deaf Cinema

Nothing can compare to that experience of watching a film premiere for its first time, knowing that from this point on it will reshape the industry. That’s the case with CODA (which stands for Child

Sundance 2021: President, The Most Beautiful Boy in the World, Flee

Fairness has been long delayed and denied in Zimbabwe. Following a military-backed coup of the country’s president-dictator Robert Mugabe after a 38-year reign, his former Vice President and successor President E.D. Mnangagwa is running for

Seeking the Truth Behind Books Bound in Human Skin

This story is excerpted and adapted from Megan Rosenbloom’s Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin, published in October 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In

Introducing ‘Food Grammar,’ the Unspoken Rules of Every Cuisine

Serve spaghetti and meatballs to an Italian, and they may question why pasta and meat are being served together. Order a samosa as an appetizer, and an Indian friend might point out, as writer Sejal