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Review by Benjamin Poole
Running Against the Wind, Jan Philipp Weyl’s (with Michael Wogh sharing writing duties) sweet natured melodrama about the diverse destinies of two childhood friends, was the Ethiopian submission for Best International Film in the 2020 Academy Awards (the year that Parasite won). Weyl’s film wasn’t nominated, but the fact that the film itself exists (and is so charmingly watchable) is perhaps cause in itself for celebration. The film industry in Ethiopia is nascent, consisting of small…
Review by Eric Hillis
Following the lead of Jordan Peele, Ilana Glazer is the latest comic to make the transition from a successful TV comedy (Broad City) to a politically charged horror movie. Yet while Peele peppered his horror movies with humour, Glazer and co-writer John Lee, who also directs, play their genre debut with a straight face. I'm not familiar with the duo's comic work, but if False Positive is any indication, they have a lot to learn about…
As early as its customary opening crawl, I began to have a bad feeling about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In what plays like a dig at the current leader of the free world (who was pictured earlier this year watching Rogue One on Air Force One), the word 'RESISTANCE' appears in upper-case letters, an early worrying sign that real world, outside forces may be intruding on this most endearingly innocent of escapist worlds.
This is nothing new of course…