Ash Is Purest White-**** Out Of *****

Hollywood has had it’s eye turned toward China for a while now, but American audiences haven’t taken to Chinese films with the same fervor. It isn’t for a lack of quality cinema, as Zhangke Jia’s latest displays. The director made a huge splash with Still Life in 2006, and he has been consistently winning over critics with every film since. Ash Is Purest White is … Continue reading Ash Is Purest White-**** Out Of *****

CIFF Capsule Review: Too Late To Die Young

Much like Call Me By Your Name, with which this film shares a producer, Too Late To Die Young is a coming of age story about young people in a rural setting. Far from the hustle and bustle of Santiago, Chile, Sofia lives in a community in the mountains unencumbered by modern frivolities like running water and electricity. They’re a close-knit group, and the movie … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Too Late To Die Young

CIFF Capsule Review: Mr. Soul!

In 1970 Gil-Scott Heron unleashed his seminal spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” I find that ironic, because it’s exactly the kind of piece Elliot Haizlip would feature on his PBS show, Soul!, which premiered in 1968. The program was a revolution in its own way, as the only show broadcast widely that was made for and about black Americans. Mr. Soul!, the … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Mr. Soul!

CIFF Capsule Review: The Great Buster

Buster Keaton was born this month in 1895. His transition from Vaudeville family act to silver screen icon began over 100 years ago. And yet, his talent and charm make his movies as relevant today as they were when they were made. The true test of comedy, in my opinion, is whether or not it can make you laugh out loud when you’re alone. I’ve … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: The Great Buster