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 12 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Theeb' Reviewed
Day 11 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution' Reviewed
Day 10 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Slow West' Reviewed
Day 9 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Hello! Junichi' ReviewedMy introduction to Japanese artist and director Katsuhito Ishii was, oddly enough, at the 2005 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. I had no idea what I was getting into at a screening of The Taste Of Tea -- a hilarious, quiet, outrageous, sensitive, violent, magical and sob-provoking tale of a multi-generational family.
Day 8 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Girlhood' Reviewed
Day 7 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘The Mask You Live In’ ReviewedWhy is it that nearly all of America’s mass murders are men, when women have just as easy access to firearms? Why are boys more likely to be bullied? To have learning issues? To drop out of school? To commit suicide? Those are just a few of the questions posed by The Mask You Live In, the latest documentary on gender in America by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, whose last film, Miss Representation, explored how women are under-represented in positions of power.
Day 6 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Finding Gastón' ReviewedSaying that a documentary about a world-renowned chef could make your mouth water isn’t really impressive. But if a film could make you a fan of a country, a people, a cuisine, that’s something more powerful. Julia Patricia Perez’s <em>Finding Gaston</em> introduces the audience to one of Peru’s greatest cultural ambassadors, Gaston Acurio. The man, who appears at length in the film, is a bastion for every pepper, sauce and recipe native to his homeland, and he goes to incredible lengths to fortify the small Latin American nation as a haven for culinary treasures.
Day 5 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Amour Fou' ReviewedWriter/director Jessica Hausner’s latest work is weirdly captivating. The visual style, with people standing stiff as paintings and stoic Weimaraner dogs seemingly everywhere, sets it apart from so many movies these days while simultaneously cementing the movie in the historical frame of German Romanticism.
Day 4 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Clouds Of Sils Maria' Reviewed
Day 3 @ MSPIFF 2015: 'Virtuosity' Reviewed