2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

1 Year On, Witnesses Have Yet To Come Forward In Peacemaker's MurderMinneapolis Police are looking for help in solving a year-old homicide. Steven Martin, 37, was shot and killed while trying to break up a fight. Police say the father of seven was trying to be a peacemaker, but his life was taken instead.
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 17: 'Dom Hemingway' Director Q&ASometimes it takes months and months for movies that play the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival to show up in general release in the Twin Cities. Even more often, films from the festival roster don't show up again at all. And then every once in awhile an MSPIFF selection pops into theaters in a matter of days.
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 16: 'An Arctic Space Odyssey'
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 15: 'ILO ILO' What makes Ilo Ilo more than just another family drama is the nuance with which writer/director Anthony Chen builds his characters. While each one appears based on a stereotype (the commanding mother, the shy maid, the troublesome son), they also have certain flaws or attributes that make them, as individuals, appear much more human than the usual fare that alights in family dramas, which are so fatally prone to melodrama.
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 14: 'How To Disappear Completely'
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 13: 'The Dog'
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 12: 'Manakamana'
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 11: 'The Last Of The Unjust'
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 10: 'Google And The World Brain' Since antiquity, humankind has dreamed of a library robust enough to store, and distribute, all of our accumulated knowledge. And with every technological step forward in publishing, thinkers have dreamed of how that vast well of information, if easily available to common people, could change the world.
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 9: 'Heli'Set in rural, modern-day Mexico, Heli is two parts beautiful, one part mundane and eight parts horrific. The film was in the running for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it shocked viewers and critics alike. New York Times critic Manohla Dargis even scoffed at the Steven Spielberg-led jury for giving director Amat Escalante the Best Director prize for what she referred to as his "staged atrocities."
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 8: 'Aftermath'Władysław Pasikowski's <em>Aftermath</em>, a work of fiction, was met with outrage by some of the Polish media upon release. It was even labeled by some as anti-Polish for suggesting that some citizens may have been more than complicit with the Nazis during the occupation. Set in the past decade, the film tells the tale of two brothers, one who left 20 years earlier to work as an asbestos remover in Chicago, while the other stayed in Poland to run the family's farm.
Movie Blog @ MSPIFF, Day 7: 'The Strange Color Of Your Body's Tears'I never understand why some people object to movies wherein the surface is the primary element and the rest is not necessarily subjugated but at least is entirely informed by that element. But there is admittedly something to be said for discipline.