Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Demon Fatigue

By Elias Savada. Sam Raimi follows the Marvel bible but still manages to have his own directorial flair…. Action is almost non-stop, and you might just be gasping for air as you stick it out through the final credits.” Note: Some spoilers follow relating to “character developments” in this film. […]

Quietly Radical Filmmaking: Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman

By Theresa Rodewald. Deceptively short but its impact and heart are huge. This is quietly radical filmmaking: Sciamma shows us that there is an alternative to narratives shaped by the patriarchy….” “You are often unhappy,” says 8-year old Nelly to Marion who is the same age as her but also […]

More Than Tradition: Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen

By Elias Savada. An affectionate tribute blending some behind-the-scenes material and mostly older (but still quite original) interviews with the film’s star Topol and others.” Harvesting a long-running infatuation with thrice Oscar-nominated director Norman Jewison, producer-director-editor Daniel Raim, an Oscar-nominated (for the 2001short subject The Man on Lincoln’s Nose) documentarian […]

The Brutality of Revenge: Robert Eggers The Northman

By Elias Savada. If you’re not having your senses bludgeoned by The Northman, you’ll admire all the historical detail and period madness. Fire and brimstone meet rot and decay, yet there’s ambition afoot here.” The dark intensity that has imbued director-writer Robert Eggers first two directorial features has matured with […]

Out-Cageing Himself: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

By Elias Savada. Two-thirds broad comedy, one part chase film, it’s also a gimmick and an enjoyable bromance. Yeah, this is one nutty film. Its premise revolves around a famous actor named Nick Cage, played by the real Nicolas Cage. Two-thirds broad comedy, one part chase film, it’s not the […]

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – Missed Opportunities

By Elias Savada. Doesn’t rise to the heights it could. It’s a case of middle child syndrome, or someone’s just tired.” Even a lesser rate Harry Potter spin-off such as Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — the latest in J.K. Rowling’s post-Harry Potter series — should be enough for […]

Morbius: The Bad Taste of Bat Guano

By Elias Savada. A nonsensical Frankenstein/Dracula/Jekyll & Hyde mashup from Marvel.” There are not a lot of good things to say about the latest marginal Marvel character to hit the big screen, and plenty of bad ones. This sidebar effort — a nonsensical Frankenstein/Dracula/Jekyll & Hyde mashup — is from […]