Reading Time: 3 minutes Werner Herzog and co-director Clive Oppenheimer wrap up my first (and hopefully, last) stay-at-home film fest with a geek-tastic look at meteorites.
Movies have been a lifelong consuming passion, with vivid childhood memories of staying up late for James Bond on TV and standing in line for the original Star Wars movie. I still watch the occasional multiplex blockbuster, but nowadays, my enthusiasm tends towards arthouse fare and thoughtful documentaries. Happiness is an audience Q&A at a film festival.
I strive to look at cinema through a secular humanist lens, with an eye towards social justice, equality, and life without a religious crutch. As a practicing psychiatrist for a quarter-century, I also love to explore psychological themes in movies.
DIY Virtual Film Fest, Part 2: “MLK/FBI”
Reading Time: 3 minutes Newly declassified documents serve as springboard for a biography of King and a deep look at the FBI’s hostility towards him.
“Shirley”: Have an Aesthetically Splendid Time with Four Awful People
Reading Time: 3 minutes This fictional riff on fiction writer Shirley Jackson will please your senses but leave you longing for the company of decent people.
“The Painter and the Thief”: This Is What Forgiveness Looks Like
Reading Time: 3 minutes This dual biography will fascinate and move you.
“Premature”: Young Love in Harlem, Thoughtfully Told and Visually Absorbing
Reading Time: 3 minutes This second feature collaboration by Rashaad Ernesto Green and Zora Howard leaves me hoping for more from this talented duo.
Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” Is a Misogynistic, Paranoid Mess
Reading Time: 4 minutes After the racism and Islamophobia of “The 15:17 to Paris” and “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood decides to give misogyny a whirl.
“A Hidden Life” Is Nearly Perfect
Reading Time: 5 minutes Though a biography of a beatified WW2 Catholic martyr, Terrence Malick’s latest feature should challenge you, no matter your belief system.
In the Black Lives Matter Era, “Queen & Slim” Transcends the Standard Outlaw Movie
Reading Time: 4 minutes Its meditative tone may put off those expecting “Bonnie and Clyde” high jinks, but this is a visually arresting film worth seeing.
“The Peanut Butter Falcon”: A Fabulous Title for a Slight but Charming Movie
Reading Time: 4 minutes Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and newcomer Zack Gottsagen star in this tale of a young man with Down syndrome and his quest to become a pro wrestler.
TIFF 2019 Dispatch #2: In “Citizen K,” a Russian Oligarch Turns Anti-Putin Activist
Reading Time: 4 minutes For his latest documentary, Alex Gibney (“Going Clear,” “Mea Maxima Culpa”) delivers a fascinating, easily digested primer on 21st Century Russia.