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!