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MARY POPPINS RETURNS Review

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic Blunt plays an arch, aloof and sly Mary Poppins. And Miranda can rap but not sing. There is no chemistry between them. I never saw the 1964 Disney classic (quelle horreur!), so I can easily review MARY POPPINS RETURNS without referencing or comparing it to the original. I do not […]

ROMA Movie Review

ROMA Movie Review

By Victoria Alexander, Film Critic I felt bad for the family dog. The Las Vegas Film Critics Society – of which I am a member – named Alfonso Cuaron’s ROMA it’s Best Picture for 2018. Unlike Cuaron, I have “childhood amnesia.” Cuaron has lovingly and in obsessive detail reimagined his childhood growing up in Mexico […]

Q&A: writer/director Alessandro Grande on short film ‘Bismillah’

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Q&A: writer/director Alessandro Grande on short film ‘Bismillah’

By Josh Morris This short film from writer/director Alessandro Grande follows SAMIRA — a 10-year and Tunisian immigrant —  as she attempts to find a doctor who’ll help her sick brother while navigating the complexities of living undocumented in Italy. Allesandro was kind enough to answer some questions about the film. Informer Media Group: Hello, […]

Movie Review: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

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Movie Review: THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

By Josh Morris Upshot: This film, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, is comprised of six short stories set in the West during the Victorian Era. These stories are presented as “chapters,” but as a narrative are essentially unconnected. Though flawed, the film is expertly crafted by the Coen Brothers and will be considered among their greatest achievements. They […]

Movie Review: MARIA BY CALLAS

Movie Review: MARIA BY CALLAS

By Victoria Alexander Raw and very revealing. Whole arias are presented showing exactly what made Callas an icon and, in her own words, a tragic figure. What is astonishing about MARIA BY CALLAS is how sad and unhappy she was. The documentary goes through the well-known episodic milestones in Maria Callas’ life. A life of bitter […]

Q&A: Director / Writer Mark C. Smith on his animated short ‘Two Balloons’

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Q&A: Director / Writer Mark C. Smith on his animated short ‘Two Balloons’

By Josh Morris Two Balloons is a stop-motion animated short film that follows two dirigible-sailing lemurs on an adventure amongst the clouds. Director/Writer Mark C. Smith answered some questions about his exciting film. Informer Media Group: How did you come up with the idea? Mark C. Smith: An ocean and a song created the idea […]

Q&A: writer/director Lorenz Wunderle and producer Ramon Schoch on short film ‘Coyote’

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Q&A: writer/director Lorenz Wunderle and producer Ramon Schoch on short film ‘Coyote’

By Josh Morris Coyote is a an animated short film dealing with mature themes such as grief, delusion and their dark influence. Writer/director Lorenz Wunderle and producer Ramon Schoch was gracious enough to answer some questions about the compelling film. Informer Media Group: I hope when I say I was disturbed by Coyote you will take […]

Q&A: Josza Anjembe, writer/director of short film ‘French’

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Q&A: Josza Anjembe, writer/director of short film ‘French’

By Josh Morris French is a short film about Seyna, a young woman who must navigate multiple challenges to her identity. Writer/director Josza Anjembe was kind enough to answer some question about the film. Informer Media Group: Seyna is such a rich character and Grace Seri portrays her magically; what inspired her story? Josza Anjembe: […]

Q&A: Cyril Aris, writer/director of short film ‘The President’s Visit’

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Q&A: Cyril Aris, writer/director of short film ‘The President’s Visit’

By Josh Morris The President’s Visit is a short film that follows Nino Fattoush, a local shop owner in Lebanon whose soap attracts the attention of a presidential candidate looking for the perfect marketing gimmick. Chaos may or may not ensue when word spreads about the president’s visit to the small town …. Writer/director Cyril […]

Q&A: Writer Clarissa Jacobson and director JM Logan on short film ‘Lunch Ladies’

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Q&A: Writer Clarissa Jacobson and director JM Logan on short film ‘Lunch Ladies’

By Josh Morris Lunch Ladies is a horror-comedy short film about two lunch ladies who will do just about anything to become Johnny Depp’s personal chefs. The film’s write, Clarissa Jacobson, and the director, J.M. Logan, were kind enough to answer some questions about the short. Informer Media Group: The film really took me for […]

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