Posts Categorized: Other’s Reviews

MIFF 2015 critics campus review: The Volcano

Maria (Maria Mercedes Coroy) is a peasant farmer whose parents have arranged a marriage with the wealthy farm owner’s son, but Maria’s eyes are drawn to Pepe (Marvin Coroy), a lout who gets her pregnant. There’s a progressiveness to the matter-of-fact treatment of Maria choosing to have sex with Pepe, defying tradition and religion, but… Read more »

Bangistan

Description from IMDB: Bangistan is a whip smart and uproarious satire on fundamentalism and the story of two unlikely terrorists, the antitheses of each other, with a common destructive goal. Concerned by the unrest in the name of religion, Subcontinental leaders of Muslims and Hindus, the Imam and the Shankaracharya, announce that they’re attending the… Read more »

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (2015)

Based on my understanding from reading about Kahlil Gibran, the author of the 1923 book The Prophet, the film’s depiction of Mustafa is consistent with Gibran’s drawing from his Catholic upbringing as well as Islamic and Jewish traditions in an effort to reflect the human condition in a sort of ecumenical mysticism. Gibran’s book is… Read more »

The Churchmen — Season 1, Episode 1 Recap

The series chronicles five candidates as they arrive at Paris’s Capuchin Seminary. Despite being a tad overcrowded and a bit formulaic, the opening episode shows promise. The pilot episode has to introduce each of the five students and try to distinguish them in an hour’s time. It’s no surprise under such circumstances that we get… Read more »

That Old Time Religion Ain’t Good Enough For Me: Scopes Monkey Trial and Inherit the Wind

[July 21 marked] the 90th anniversary of the final day of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial, held in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee. The events surrounding the trial not only made headlines throughout the world, it also inspired popular stage and film adaptations. On July 10, 1925, a Dayton, Tennessee school teacher, John T…. Read more »

Tchindas Review: A documentary zeros in on a Cape Verde community’s Carnival preparations

Glue, glitter and feathers are at a premium in Tchindas, a beautifully shot vérité chronicle of the all-consuming Carnival preparations on São Vicente, Cape Verde’s second-most-populous island. A vivid sense of place, community and personalities comes through in the keenly observed film by Pablo Garcia Perez de Lara and Marc Serena, which reveals a seamless… Read more »