SFIFF – Interview with the Director of The Whistleblower, Lisa Kondracki

In this photo (L to R): Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bolkovac and Larysa Kondracki Larysa Kondracki’s The Whistleblower was one of the most talked about films about SFIFF 54.  I personally loved the film, read my review here.  It’s a powerful potrait of human-trafficking and government cover ups that took place in Bosnia in the early 2000s.  It’s gritty and compelling, and you should definitely check it out.  Larysa sat down with me to... Read More

SFIFF – The Whistleblower

Watching The Whistleblower is not an easy experience. It’s a bit like getting kicked in the stomach. While it’s based on a true story, the story of Kathryn Bolkovac, it’s even more unnerving to hear director Larysa Kondracki speak about how she had to tone down the remarkable turn of events to make it believable at all. Human trafficking is not an issue dealt with much in films, and when it is, it’s usually more a vehicle... Read More

The Tempest

I am not so much a fan of Shakespeare. I think too much of his work was force fed to me too early in my life to really have an appetite for it as an adult. And, I’ve been wracking my brain for what must literally be minutes now to recall an film adaptation of Shakespeare’s work that I’m fond of. The best I could come up with his Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. Of course, I’m not including the looser adaptations like... Read More

Howl

It’s not often that one medium of artful expression can get me so excited about another one. But Howl managed to do just that. This is, perhaps, the films best, and most delightful trait. The words of Allen Ginsberg are turned into a vibrant world of self-expression, and not just lines in a book with no countenance of their own to speak of. James Franco is Allen Ginsberg. The film is directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman who also... Read More

The Uninvited

No one should be surprised to see Elizabeth Banks in another film. In 2008, she was nearly ubiquitous, staring in huge films like Oliver Stone’s W., and Kevin Smith’s long anticipated Zack and Miri Make a Porno.  No one can really blame her for slumming it now with The Uninvited.  They can’t all be hits, right?  But even for a teenage horror/thriller, this film doesn’t deliver.  Even with three writers chipping away at... Read More