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60th New York Film Festival, September 30 to October 16, 2022

New York Film Festival, Sept.30-Oct.16

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Above is Nan Goldin’s photo that’s become the poster for this 60th NYFF.  Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words. It celebrates movies as they once were in the 1960s (and long before), when Irving Shulman’s 1947 The Amboy Dukes was the coming-of-age novel for NYC bonehead teens and wayward young adults. Youths… Read more »

ICIA’s Submission Window Nearing a Close

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    The International Competition for Intermedia Work of Art (ICIA), is nearing the end of their open call for intermedia artwork. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30. According to the website, the aim of the competition is “to select works that open a discussion about the criteria for comparing and evaluating intermedia artworks,… Read more »

“The Lobster”: When the Sin of Being Single Is Unforgivable

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 Dystopian films are no doubt a popular genre, especially among young adults. From “The Hunger Games” which reflects the animalistic tendencies of teenagers to “Divergent” which emphasizes their rebellious nature,  dystopian films tend to be similar to one another. “The Lobster,” however, includes elements of dark comedy and science fiction, bringing something new to the… Read more »

“Master” Explores Old Ideas in a New Setting

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Racism is horror. This is the idea behind creative masterpieces such as Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and Bernard Rose’s “Candyman” (which later inspired Nia Dacosta’s 2021 spiritual remake). These films explore Black trauma through a generational lens, often coming to the same conclusion: nothing has changed. Whether it’s police violence or malicious tokenism from white… Read more »

“Hi, Mom” and “Mama”: Dedicated to Every Ordinary but Great Mother

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In his short story collection “Puck of Pook’s Hill,” Rudyard Kipling said, “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” There are many stories around the world that revolve around mothers. The Korean film “Wedding Dress,” the British film “Philomena,” and the American horror movie “Mama” are all stories with themes of mothers protecting and loving… Read more »

Man with raised fist in front of critical acclaim for I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake Review

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Five years after it won the Palme D’Or in 2016, Jake Peter looks back at  how I, Daniel Blake confronted the UK’s attitudes towards poverty and helped change viewers perception of what it means to be working poor.