The Miyazaki Interlude: The Conscious and Unconscious Intervals of The Boy and the Heron (2023)

By David Ryan. Miyazaki moves beyond illustrating simple contrasts by creating relationships in apposition (not opposition), and this interdependency often encourages experiential growth for his younger protagonists.” Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki’s films are carefully planned adventures into the realms of innocence and experience. His abstract themes and dense stories have garnered […]

A Family Affair: Patrick Dickinson’s Cottontail (2023)

By Thomas M. Puhr. While occasionally touching and buoyed by across-the-board strong performances…the resulting film is excessively earnest at best, and manipulative at worst.” Patrick Dickinson blends the multigenerational family portrait, fish-out-of-water tale, and couple-grapples-with-Alzheimer’s drama to middling effect in Cottontail (2023). It seems the writer-director figured that if he […]

Shrinking Down Tropes to the Everyday: Josh Margolin on Thelma

By Jonathan Monovich. My favorite kinds of movies are ones that can feel relatable and simultaneously big/cinematic. When I can marry those two aspects in an interesting way, I get creatively excited.” Have you ever imagined what it would look like if Jason Statham were replaced by a rebellious grandma […]

A Microcosm of Oppression: The Survivors (Sobreviventes)

By Yun-hua Chen. A fable and a metaphor about coexistence in isolation at the time of slavery and colonialization.” A fable and a metaphor, The Survivors is a tale about coexistence in isolation at the time of slavery and colonialization. Set in the mid-19th century, survivors from a wrecked slave […]

Family Drama in “Real Life”: An Interview on Ghostlight (CCFF 2024)

By Jonathan Monovich. Being a real-life family, we didn’t need to try to create that dynamic like three unrelated actors would, so it made it easier.” To close out the 11th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF), the Chicago Film Critics Association saved the best for last. Ghostlight (2024) written by […]

Collective Creation: Universal Language

By Yun-hua Chen. Universal Language mocks our limited imagination by opening up its limitless possibilities….” “Cinematic Venn diagramme between Winnipeg, Tehran and Montréal”, or “a Hawaiian pizza”, as director Matthew Rankin described his sophomore feature Universal Language (2024) himself – the film is completely unexpected, bold, free-flowingly imaginative, multi-everything and […]