Festivals

Sundance Film Festival ‘19 – Day Six

By Melissa Houghton Day Six KEY PREMIERES: Corporate Animals, Little Monsters WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Luce, The Farewell, The Sound of Silence, Knock Down The House, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Honey Boy, Hail Satan? PERSONAL NOTES:  Day Six Recap – Half-Fest A ended today. After some emotional see ya in 2020 hugs at HQ,…

Sundance Film Festival ’19 – Day Five

By Melissa Houghton Day Five KEY PREMIERES: Brittany Runs A Marathon, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, Honeyland, Jawline, Bedlam. WHAT’S THE BUZZ, STILL? Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Velvet Buzzsaw, Honey Boy, Hail Satan? PERSONAL NOTES: Day Five Rewind  Link courtesy of Sundance. Day…

Sundance Film Festival ’19 – Day Four

By Melissa Houghton Day Four KEY PREMIERES: Velvet Buzzsaw, Little Monsters, Clemency, Judy & Punch, Before You Know It. WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Velvet Buzzsaw, Honey Boy, Hail Satan? PERSONAL NOTES: Day Four Recap – I watched The Sound of Silence with Press and Industry before my shift. I saw…

Sundance Film Festival ’19 – Day Three

By Melissa Houghton Day Three KEY PREMIERES: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, The Report, The Last Black Man in San Francisco. WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Honey Boy, Hail Satan? PERSONAL NOTES: Day Two Rewind – Daily recap video. Link courtesy of Sundance. Day Three Recap – I watched The Lodge…

Sundance Film Festival ‘19 – Day Two

By Melissa Houghton Day Two KEY PREMIERES: Honey Boy, Untouchable, Leaving Neverland, The Farewell, Ask Dr. Ruth, Late Night, Where’s My Roy Cohn? WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Untouchable, Troop Zero, The Brink, The Farewell, Leaving Neverland, Native Son, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Late Night, After the Wedding, Velvet Buzzsaw (coming to Netflix on February…

Sundance Film Festival ’19 – Daily Digest

By Melissa Houghton Day One Opening remarks from the Founder of Sundance Institute: “Having done this for, God it’s 34 years now since the festival started, I think we’re at a point where I can move on to a different place.” – Robert Redford KEY PREMIERES: After the Wedding, an adaptation of Susanne Bier’s Academy…

Review: THE FRONT RUNNER (**)

By John H. Foote Never did I appreciate Rex Harrison for his talent. He talked his songs, could not dance and barely got by as an actor. That Oscar for My Fair Lady (1964) was brought to him given the tide of goodwill that came to George Cukors film. Harrison did nothing for me, and…

Review: OUTLAW KING (***)

By John H. Foote This film, which I saw at TIFF really does deserve a big screen release, which Netflix backed out of. It seems they are also second guessing the promised big screen release of Roma, expected to be a major Oscar player. Needless to say without big screenplay, the Oscars will evaporate. What…

REVIEW: THE HATE U GIVE (***)

By John H. Foote THE HATE U GIVE (***) Before I get into the body of this review I must acknowledge and thank Tricia Williams, an old friend from college, where we both studied acting. Trish was good, making a career or it, while I followed my heart to film criticism, always addicted to movies.…