Author: Evan Crean

Evan Crean

Evan Crean is a film critic in Boston and a founding member of the Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA). He is co-author of the book Your ‘80s Movie Guide to Better Living and co-hosts the weekly movie podcast Spoilerpiece Theatre. He is also a Contributing Editor for NewEnglandFilm.com and the marketing director for Boston Reel, a site dedicated to Boston’s independent film culture.

Website: www.reelrecon.com

Twitter: @reelrecon


Articles Written by Evan Crean:

Zoe Kazan as "Emily" and Kumail Nanjiani as "Kumail" in THE BIG SICK. Photo by Nicole Rivelli.

Kumail Nanjiani Explores Immigrant Identity in The Big Sick

Kumail Nanjiani has appeared in numerous films and television shows in bit parts over the last 10 years, but the comedian (best-known as the awkward developer Dinesh on HBO’s Silicon Valley) is finally assuming a lead role with The Big Sick, a semi-autobiographical, romantic comedy that Nanjiani co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon. The film, directed… Read more »

Justin Chon in Gook, his narrative film inspired by the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2017: Justin Chon

In their song that immortalized the 1992 Los Angeles riots, “April 29th, 1992,” Sublime sang, “There was a riot on the streets, tell me, where were you?” Korean American filmmaker Justin Chon and his family can say exactly where they were—Chon’s father was busy defending the family business from rioters. These childhood memories inspired Chon’s… Read more »

Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, and Zoe Lister-Jones start a band to save a marriage in BAND AID.

Zoe Lister-Jones Explores the Unique Struggles of a Long Term Relationship in Band Aid

Actor, writer, and musician Zoe Lister-Jones has just added a new credit to her resume: director. The Life in Pieces star and scribe for Breaking Upwards, Lola Versus, and Consumed makes her directorial debut with Band Aid, a dramedy she wrote and stars in. Band Aid centers on Anna (Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally), a Jewish couple whose relationship is on the… Read more »

Demetri Martin in Dean.

Demetri Martin Discusses His Directorial Debut Dean

Comedian Demetri Martin is about to bring his unique brand of visual humor to a new venue: the big screen. Although he has written screenplays before, Martin makes his directorial debut with the dramedy Dean, a film he also wrote and stars in. Dean centers on an illustrator named Dean (Martin) and his father Robert (Kevin Kline); both… Read more »

A shot from Matthew Heineman's documentary City of Ghosts.

IFFBoston 2017 Review: City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts, Matthew Heineman, 2017, USA, 90 min. Public executions, decapitated corpses, heads on spikes—these images form the backdrop, not of a grisly horror film, but of the bleak reality facing citizen-journalists in Raqqa, Syria—the center of Matthew Heineman’s horrifying documentary City of Ghosts. “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”—the subject of City of Ghosts—is a Syrian… Read more »

Daje Shelton in Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest’s documentary For Ahkeem.

IFFBoston 2017 Review: For Ahkeem

For Ahkeem, Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest, 2017, USA, 90 min. Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest’s documentary, For Ahkeem, is a commentary on race, class, and the inequities of the educational and criminal justice systems for people of color in the United States. The filmmakers are never hyperbolic or overly-sentimental. Instead, they offer… Read more »

Sophie Reid and Allison Tolman in Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin's film La Barracuda.

IFFBoston 2017 Review: La Barracuda

La Barracuda, Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin, 2017, USA, 100 min. La Barracuda is one of the promising, yet ultimately disappointing movies of the festival. It cannot seem to decide what genre it belongs in. Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin’s film is partially country music tribute, partially family drama, and partially psycho-stalker thriller. In trying to… Read more »

Sam Elliott giving a big speech in The Hero.

IFFBoston 2017 Review: The Hero

The Hero, Brett Haley, 2017, USA, 93 min. Life is a cyclical affair in Brett Haley’s dramedy The Hero. Like the ocean’s tides or the phases of the moon, it presents a seasonal model of time that proves healing. The film takes the position that these cycles, rather than limiting us, offer a daily opportunity… Read more »

Adele and Marty in Melissa Dowler's documentary Letting Go of Adele.

IFFBoston 2017 Review: Letting Go of Adele

Letting Go of Adele, Melissa Dowler, 2017, USA, 86 min. Melissa Dowler’s documentary Letting Go of Adele is a heartwarming, tearjerker of a film with the perfect local angle for Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston). Dowler’s chronicle of a Boston dog owner’s struggle to retire her service dog of nine years, while she finds and… Read more »

Denis O'Hare in Eric Stange's documentary Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive.

IFFBoston 2017 Review—Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive

Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive, Eric Stange, 2017, USA, 84 min. Discussing his attitude as a literary critic in Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive, the acclaimed nineteenth-century author (played by actor Denis O’Hare) declares, “I will not put up with, what I can put down.” Poe’s intolerance for books that couldn’t keep his attention sums up… Read more »