Traversing Life’s Challenges: A Review of A USEFUL LIFE

“A Useful Life” by Federico Vieroj is a 67 minute mini-feature that focuses on a major turning point in the life of Jorge, the curator of a small art house cinema in Montevideo, Uruguay. Vieroj’s movie is about…

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October 25, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


I’m In! A Review of Ralph Fiennes’ CORIOLANUS

The packed audience at the Screen today on the last day of the Santa Fe Film Festival were all wondering if Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus”, would give us both a great story…

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October 23, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


Ambiguous Storytelling in ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA

In the slow-paced, detail-obsessive, character-rich, Oscar-contender from Turkey at the Santa Fe Film Festival, the story snakes around the characters like the creek through the hills and slopes, occasionally seen, sometimes only heard, but always a part of…

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October 22, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


Who Are You Fighting For? A Review of BATTLEFIELD HEROES

You’ve heard that “Battlefield Heroes” is like a Korean Monty Python film about the escapades of war in the 7th century with slapstick comedy, sight gags and silly kings. After seeing it screened at the Santa Fe Film…

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WILD HORSES AND RENEGADES: An Endangered Symbol of Freedom

When the average American thinks of a symbol of freedom, they might not think of a wild horse, mane flying, galloping across a wide open plain. However, that iconic symbol is in danger of being forever lost to…

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SPOTLIGHT ON NEW MEXICO FILMMAKERS – SHORTS

LOBSTER Is there a heaven for crustaceans? Could the cuisine on your stove top have attained a higher spiritual station? Relax, sit back and discover what one young couple learns. An age-old controversy is resolved after relational tensions…

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SHORTS PROGRAM III: Longing for Innocence

Each of the delicacies in the Santa Fe Film Festival’s SHORTS PROGRAM III explores the loss of our innocence around our spiritual and intellectual decay, delivering a banquet of emotions to indulge in. This program screens Sunday, October…

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SHORTS PROGRAM II: Circles Goin’ Round

What goes around comes around. Come full circle. Karma. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind. A person’s actions, whether good or bad, will have consequences for that person. Actions create an entire cycle of cause and effect. In…

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Defining Our Choices: SHORTS PROGRAM I Review

In this program of shorts from India, Italy, Albania and the USA, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Whether in the whole of a life, a decade, a day or a phase, we all…

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Saving Lives, Saving Face, Making Peace: A Review of KILLING MEMORIES

“Killing Memories” begins like a movie script: A black screen with sounds of gunfire: Rifles. Machine guns. Running. Shouting. Chaos. The first images appear and a voice remembers: “That evening when I killed that first soldier I sat…

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Normandy Not London: A Review of LE HAVRE

Immigration is a hot button for us here in the US, and films that deal with the topic are as old as “talkies” themselves. But the business of refugees in film is less specific, especially in the US…

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Ghostly Cell Phone: A Review of CALLERS

The dramatic question which motivates “Callers” is this: How does a slovenly, down on his luck guy deal with the sudden and unexpected death of his girlfriend? There are several different avenues that a filmmaker can go down…

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