How refreshing for writer/director Megan Park to surrender her film so openly to the fluctuating, nonlinear, sometimes awful, sometimes hilarious process of coping with trauma. There is no real end goal for The Fallout's young protagonist, Vada. In fact, it's the idea that she has to make something out of this horrible school shooting, or reach some sort of personal milestone, that bothers her so much. Which is not to say that Vada isn't still filled with numbness and plagued…
I love watching a filmmaker's feature directorial debut and being able to tell just how in-love they are with the camera. Mai Zetterling proudly wears Ingmar Bergman's influence on her sleeve, and you can feel her sense of wonder emanate off the screen as she skips forward and backward in time and makes sure she gets every corner of a room before letting us proceed to the next shot. I'm not normally charmed by the overuse of flashbacks, but Zetterling's…
I think it's only natural to feel a little bit of resistance towards a film like Nomadland, especially after hearing so much high praise thrown its way throughout most of last year. And I did have several moments while watching it where I found myself wondering if it would live up to the hype, or if it could sustain its quality till the very end. Immediately after each of those moments, though, Chloe Zhao would launch into these breathtaking shots…
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I still think Fan Girl is incredibly well-crafted. But it's also very hard to defend now, especially when the film's anti-Duterte stance clashes so much with how several of the filmmakers advocated for jailing film pirates during a pandemic. It's disheartening to think about how extreme their reactions were to piracy, when they knew how Fan Girl was only accessible through a paid online platform that many Filipinos aren't able to access. Putting it up on Netflix doesn't…