“AVIVA” Extremely Stunning Storytelling

By Liisa Cohen AVIVA, written and directed by the incredibly gifted Boaz Yakin, is an intensely sensual, borderline erotic, love story told through the lens of gender fluid dance, romance and unapologetic physical interactions. It is very gender fluid. The character Aviva is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with a New Yorker named Eden. After a long-distance courtship they meet in person, … Continue reading “AVIVA” Extremely Stunning Storytelling

“The Gesture And The Word” Review: A Message Of Love Through Flowers and Words

By Monteque Pope-Le Beau In the day to day bustle of  life a gesture can means so many things. A word can be used to bring happiness or a weapon to hurt. Together they create the defining aspects of the book of one’s life. The chapters in one’s life tells the story of how they lived. Were they bold and live out loud or were … Continue reading “The Gesture And The Word” Review: A Message Of Love Through Flowers and Words

“Don’t Read This On A Plane”: The Discovery Of One’s Hidden Truth

By Monteque Pope-Le Beau “Don’t Read This On A Plane” is a delightfully funny and poignant film about finding what it is you truly want out of life. Who would not enjoy traveling across the European country side meeting wonderfully interesting people while having the privilege of visiting some of the most beautiful and prestigious book bookstores Europe has ever known. Yet sometimes a trip … Continue reading “Don’t Read This On A Plane”: The Discovery Of One’s Hidden Truth

A Year In The Life Of Jack And Yaya

By Joanna Panayi Jack & Yaya captures a year in the life of childhood best friends who grew up defying gender norms to transitioning in their twenties. Jack and Yaya grew up together as next-door neighbors in a rural area, supporting each other when they realized they were both transgender. This film highlights their friendship through present-day and juxtaposed archival videos with Jack, Yaya, and their … Continue reading A Year In The Life Of Jack And Yaya

Pot Luck film A Fresh, Versatile Perspective On The Cannabis Industry

By Joanna Panayi From Emmy-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Jane Wells, Pot Luck, is a 3 Generations production narrated by Robin Quivers. This documentary takes us on an enlightening adventure across the Colorado state, exploring the normality of the legalization of cannabis. Pot luck is an insightful analysis of the legalization of cannabis’s direct, cultural, and structural impacts on society. The documentary focuses on the pros … Continue reading Pot Luck film A Fresh, Versatile Perspective On The Cannabis Industry

“Adventure Boyz” Is About Surfing The Real World More Than The Virtual One

By Sanyukta Thakare “Adventure Boyz” will take you on an innocent bike ride down the familiar path, reminding you of the happy old days. But ex motorcycle speedway champ Mike Harris, does not have the same carefree experience in the story. We meet Mike who has given all his life to his passion and hopes his kids will do the same, but when he finds … Continue reading “Adventure Boyz” Is About Surfing The Real World More Than The Virtual One

Aaron With’s Out Of Tune Will Premiere At The 2020 Slamdance Film Festival

By Steven Buckner When I first saw Director Aaron With’s Out Of Tune, I have to admit that I never saw a movie like this and that is a good thing. It is a story about a civilization that worships a musical chord. One might think how can a civilization worship a musical chord. Well that is why you need to see this movie! Between … Continue reading Aaron With’s Out Of Tune Will Premiere At The 2020 Slamdance Film Festival

Nino Aldi’s “TRIBES” World Premiere At The 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival

TRIBES, or, what humankind might accomplish if it only had eleven minutes in a speeding subway car!   By Vernon Nickerson, TRIBES, directed by the incredibly talented Nino Aldi, is an absolute gem of an emotional roller coaster and a featured short at the 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival. Full-disclosure, toy guns particularly and toy weapons of any kind in general were forbidden in my … Continue reading Nino Aldi’s “TRIBES” World Premiere At The 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival

She shoots, she SCORES! Dana Nachman’s Masterful Slamdance Documentary, Bat Kid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World

By: Vernon Nickerson Or, as that legendary South American soccer commentator shouts, GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!  In “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World”, Emmy Award-winning writer/director Dana Nachman has powerfully brought the story of one boy’s Make-A-Wish fulfillment to the big screen.  Miles Scott ( AKA “Batkid” ), a young leukemia survivor who wished to be Batman, is introduced to the audience via his parents, Nick … Continue reading She shoots, she SCORES! Dana Nachman’s Masterful Slamdance Documentary, Bat Kid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World

Hoping that We Are NOT Alone In The  Michael Madsen’s documentary, The Visit

By Vernon Nickerson The Visit showed at the 2015 Sundance film Festival. Watching Director Michael Madsen’s visual feast of a documentary, “The Visit”, I was reminded of the central premise of the Dr. Seuss story, “Horton Hears A Who”.  If our scientists, governments and military officials are to be believed, someday, somewhere out there, someone(thing) that has always been watching  and listening to Earthlings’ version … Continue reading Hoping that We Are NOT Alone In The  Michael Madsen’s documentary, The Visit

Getting your sexy/gory/bloody movie freak on with “Clinger”, a 2015 Slamdance Festival selection

By: Vernon Nickerson Clinger, a 2015 Slamdance Festival Selection and the first feature film of the creative team of Director Michael Steves and Co-writers Bubba Fish and Gabi Chennisi Duncombe is a funhouse ride of a film.  Jennifer Laporte (Fern Petersen) and Vincente Martella (Robert Klingher her creepily attentive and aptly-named first love) make the most of a good story and strong supporting cast in … Continue reading Getting your sexy/gory/bloody movie freak on with “Clinger”, a 2015 Slamdance Festival selection

Deep in the Midst of Winter- A review of “Bob And The Trees”, a 2015 Sundance Film Festival NEXT Selection Feature Film

By: Vernon Nickerson Whether you are a snow lover or just missing the surreal peace and quiet of freshly fallen snow, you will feel right at home with Bob and his family in writer/Director Diego Ongaro’s drama, Bob and The Trees. Bob is a sustainable-forester/logger/farmer/husband/father at odds with his inevitable transition into the world of fifty something men. His love of gangsta rap helps him … Continue reading Deep in the Midst of Winter- A review of “Bob And The Trees”, a 2015 Sundance Film Festival NEXT Selection Feature Film

Water And Power Review: A Tale Of Brotherly Love

  By Vernon Nickerson Guns, Gangs, Politicians…and Brotherly Love in LA With the City of Angels as it’s backdrop this is a wonderful mystical tale of love, devotion, heroes,villains and the rise and fall from grace. The story is told with such a minimalist style that makes it is in itself a work of art. Monteque Pope -Le Beau Writer-Director Richard Montoya’s gritty urban fantasy, Water … Continue reading Water And Power Review: A Tale Of Brotherly Love

“Loitering with Intent” A journey of Self Discovery

By: Monteque Pope- Le beau “Loitering with Intent” masterfully shows that sometimes the decisions that we make are not always the best, but sometimes they are what makes us who we are. It is a wonderful chaotic comical statement in which sometimes no matter what we do to right the past; we just can’t go home again. Rafael and Dominic are best friends and actors … Continue reading “Loitering with Intent” A journey of Self Discovery

“Big Eyes” Review : Connecting The Dots…The Amazing True Story Of The Evolution Of Artist Margaret Keane

By Vernon Nickerson Tim Burton’s (DARK SHADOWS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND) latest directorial tour de force, “Big Eyes”, is the true story of renowned painter Margaret Keane and her “wanna-be-artist” second husband Walter Keane, who claimed full credit for her work for over a decade. Four-time Academy Award-nominee Amy Adams turns in a flawless performance as artist Margaret Keane. She is introduced as a 1950’s housewife … Continue reading “Big Eyes” Review : Connecting The Dots…The Amazing True Story Of The Evolution Of Artist Margaret Keane

2014 AFI Film Festival Review: “Selma”, Ava DuVernay’s Powerful Story

By Monteque Pope-Le Beau Director Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” is the hard reality in the life of revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King jr. (David Oyelowo) who was the lightning rod for change  in  the Civil Rights at a time when there was so little hope and forever altered history. “Selma” is not just a story of a movement, but also a story about … Continue reading 2014 AFI Film Festival Review: “Selma”, Ava DuVernay’s Powerful Story

The Beauty And Tragedy Of “The Sublime and Beautiful”

  By Monteque Pope-Le Beau Tragedy can strike on the most ordinary day and sometimes love is not enough to soothe the pain after a devastating loss. Director Blake Robbins masterfully paints a interweaving story dealing with family, relationships, and loss with a eye of a great artist. He skillfully takes one on a journey in this surreal moment which exist in the life of … Continue reading The Beauty And Tragedy Of “The Sublime and Beautiful”

2014 AFI Film Festival Wrap Up

 By Monteque Pope-Le Beau and Austin Winter-Chase As The Art Of Monteque says goodbye to the 2014 AFI Film Festival, we would like to touch on a few festival highlights. Yes, there were a few hiccups, misunderstandings, a few people getting a bit too rowdy, and the long lines to see the films were way too long, but the festival volunteers were always there being helpful … Continue reading 2014 AFI Film Festival Wrap Up

Film Review: “Black or White”

By Monteque Pope Le Beau   Loss plays a large and difficult role in “Black Or White” causing the worlds of two families to be turned upside-down. “Black Or White” is the story of Elliot Anderson a grandfather (Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estel) after his wife is killed in a horrible car … Continue reading Film Review: “Black or White”

2014 AFI Film Festival Review: “A Most Violent Year”

By Austin Winter-Chase A tale of doing what’s right or either doing what’s easy. Sometimes the risk is not in trying to make your dreams come true, but in trying to be true to yourself. In “A Most Violent Year” we follow a young married couple; Abel and Anna Morales (Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastin) as  they try to achieve the American dream  in the most … Continue reading 2014 AFI Film Festival Review: “A Most Violent Year”