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Film Review: ‘Scarborough’ (dir. Shasha Nakhai + Rich Williamson) | TIFF 2021

This is going to sound super abstract, but Scarborough is a film about what it means to be human. It’s so real that it’s unreal. Realer than life. There is a whole world within this film. I grew so attached to these characters, and I went on the emotional rollercoaster that these characters took me on. 

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Film Review: ‘Mothering Sunday’ (dir. Eva Husson) | TIFF 2021

I really enjoyed this approach on the secretive, forbidden romance, but I wish it leaned more into that theme a bit. I wanted there to be more risk or excitement, story-wise, but that’s just not what ‘Mothering Sunday’ is going for.

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Film Review: ‘Petite Maman’ (dir. Céline Sciamma) | TIFF 2021

The innocence of a child and value of friendship is expressed in its truest, most pure form here. The crisp cinematography is immaculate, emphasizing the brilliance of nature, bringing the sunlight inside, and the texture of endless fuzzy sweaters. With spare but impactful dialogue, this reserved story feels relatable.

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North Bend Film Festival 2021 Movie Review: ‘Ninjababy’ (dir. Yngvild Sve Flikke)

The comedic timing in this couldn’t be better. The balance is struck perfectly with the dramatic nature of the story supported by its realistic humor. It such a tender and direct story that gets right to the point.

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Super Soundtrack: ‘Pig’ starring Nicolas Cage (dir. Michael Sarnoski)

The score composed for Pig features perfectly timed swells of music that just amp up the suspense. It fills the space with suspense and vigor, as if it needed more of that. The inflections of violin and string instruments are perfect for this film. The score absolutely matches the intensity Nicolas Cage brings to this film with his performance. Subdued but still brutal, this is honestly some of the best acting yet from Cage.

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North Bend Film Festival 2021 Movie Review: ‘Swan Song’ (dir. Todd Stephens)

This is the role Udo Kier was born to play. We need to see more from him, so make sure this film isn’t his Swan Song. Come for the wicked dry comedy. Stay to see Kier lip sync Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” in drag.

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North Bend Film Festival 2021 Movie Review: ‘Ayar’ (dir. Floyd Russ)

Ayar, a first-generation American Latina, returns home to reunite with her daughter. But when her mother, Renata, refuses to let her see her due to COVID, Ayar is confronted by the many roles she’s been forced to play, including the role in this film. (screening during the 2021 North Bend Film Festival).

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Super Soundtrack: ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ on Netflix

In this piece for my “Super Soundtrack” series, I will be breaking down the music featured in Gunpowder Milkshake. Some of these songs might seem like they wouldn’t go together on paper, but they work together so cohesively when they play over the action sequences.

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Interview: ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ Director Navot Papushado on His “Genre Blender” of a Film and Its “Instinctive” Soundtrack

Think about a scene from one of your favorite movies with a song in it. If the scene was powerful enough, you’ll never be able to hear that song again without associating it with that scene in that movie. That’s the power music can have in film.

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Super Soundtrack: Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Widow’

Black Widow might not seem like the type of film that would feature any hit songs, so you might be surprised to see which songs ended up being featured in the film.