V.28 No.8 | 2/21/2019
Red Carpet Countdown
The Oscars on ABC
Believe it or not, you can start your Oscar binge seven hours before the official telecast.
V.28 No.7 | 2/14/2019
Tito and the Birds
Brazilian cartoon paints a dark picture
Adults will certainly appreciate Tito and the Birds' visual brio—which reads like a children’s bedtime story run through a Museum of Modern Art nightmare machine.
Go to Soft Focus Screenings, see Awakening in Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story, or Sleepless in Seattle on a giant screen. And submit your film for the first funny fest.
“Miracle Workers” on TBS
Appropriately—given the setting—“Miracle Workers” ends up finding empathetic, energetic satire in odd places.
V.28 No.6 | 2/7/2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
Manic sequel builds on the original’s clever legacy
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part comes awfully close to meeting what amounts to some very high expectations. It’s surprising, funny, original and emotional. And like its predecessor, it’s a perfect film for kids and parents alike.
Enjoy the Santa Fe Film Festival, Books to the Big Screen film series and the Tale Writers Screenwriting Program's live stage reading.
“PEN15” on Hulu
Funny and painful, relatable and real, “PEN15” is a sincere shoutout to the gangly, nerdy, uncomfortable teen in all of us.
V.28 No.5 | 1/31/2019
Oscar-nominated romance unfolds behind, in front of, the Iron Curtain
A sad ballad juxtaposing the intimate with the international, Cold War is a masterpiece of economy and image, mapping out the often seismic changes common to all affairs—the emotional as well as the political.
Go to the HUMP! Film Festival, Groundhog Day and The Quiet American. Take "Acting 101 For Screenwriters."
“Sex Education” on Netflix
The British-made, Netflix-distributed series “Sex Education” basically reinvents the teen sex comedy by turning it into an opportunity to analyze modern teenage hangups about sex—and by extension, the hangups of Western Civilization in general.