Mesmerizing & Frustrating: 'The Wolfpack' ReviewedThe "Wolfpack" raises far more questions than it answers, and that’s both why the documentary is so compelling and, at the same time, somewhat frustrating.
Movie Blog: 10 Best Movie Fathers Ever
Movie Blog: 10 Worst Movie Fathers EverThough I found myself struggling to come up with a shortlist of candidates as compelling as the collection that formed the distaff side, the horror genre alone ensured that there would be no shortage of contenders.
'Live From New York', 'The Farewell Party' ReviewedA history of "Saturday Night Live" that isn’t afraid to dive into the show’s issues of diversity and identity, "Live From New York" is a compelling and effectively moving portrait of a program than in 40 years has gone from being an avant-garde game-changer to an American institution.
'Slow West' & '100-Year-Old Man Who Jumped Out The Window' ReviewedOne of the best films to screen at the latest Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, <em>Slow West</em> blends a Coen brothers-like sense of humor with Tarantino-smacking violence to create a frontier story that’s hard to pin down and also forget.
'Iris' Producer Talks About The Life Of 93-Year-Old Fashion IconThe penultimate film of Albert Maysles is a loving and inquisitive look into the life of a now 93-year-old fashion icon.
Big Bird’s Biggest Fan Is A Kid From MinnesotaGrowing up as a kid with special needs, Nick Bertsch didn’t get invited to birthday parties or sleepovers. Making friends was tough, yet that didn’t stop him from becoming a close friend to one of TV’s most iconic characters: Big Bird.
Reviews In Brief: 'Tangerines', 'Dior And I' & 'Girlhood'A lot of power in a relatively small package, "Tangerines" is an anti-war chamber drama with the emotional thrust of a knife to the gut.
Day 17 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'White Shadow' ReviewedDozens have been killed and mutilated in Tanzania in the past 15 years, and all because they were born with albinism, a congenital pigmentation disorder. But these people were not targeted simply because of their unusual appearance. Some in the East African country believe harvesting the organs and body parts of albinos provides good luck.
Day 16 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'The End Of The Tour' (Not) Reviewed
Day 15 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Heart Of Wilderness' ReviewedThe Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a spiritual place for anyone who has ever ventured there, for an ordeal packed with unforgettable serenity. But even in the of the golden age of the Minnesota Film Board in the 1990s, a location scout could never convince anyone that the BWCA was a practical place to shoot for even an afternoon.
Day 14 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Antarctic Edge' ReviewedScience documentaries focusing on climate change in Antarctica, with gorgeous images of cerulean icebergs and throngs of wobbling penguins, are not exactly rare these days. Dena Seidel’s Antarctic Edge is the latest among them, and while it’s not as mesmerizing as last year’s Antarctica: A Year on Ice, it does champion an important group of people: the scientists spending huge chunks of their lives studying the frozen continent.
Day 13 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'I Touched All Your Stuff' ReviewedWhen press notes compare a documentary to Errol Morris, what does that typically tell you as a viewer? Does it suggest that you're going to see a film that digs like a termite at its subject? Does it suggest to you a seamless blend of interview footage and dramatic recreation?
Day 12 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Theeb' Reviewed
Day 11 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution' Reviewed