MVFF35: Reality dir. Matteo Garrone

Reality is one of the most unusual films I’ve seen this year. I wanted to derive some (bourgeois) pleasure from it, but I couldn’t. And pleasure is definitely not Mr. Garrone’s intention. In Reality, the merest possibility of starring in a major TV reality show drives Luciano (the talented Aniello Arena). As these stories go,…

Berlin and Beyond: Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years (2012)

Dagmar Schultz’s witty, engaging, humorous, and loving documentary on Audre Lorde felt both timely and nostalgic at the same time. Timely, because it reminded me of the fragility of the feminist movement and the current attempts by many American politicians to undermine it. Timely because of the ongoing conversations and debates about immigration in Europe…

Now Playing: Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom is one of the most unabashedly romantic films I have seen in a long time. Romance in nature: the cinematography captures the spectacular romance of the New England coast and its rugged coastline, fog, damp verdant trees, mellow sunshine, clapboard houses, Episcopalian churches. I was reminded sharply of the summers I spent on…