THE FIFTH CORD – Review by Marina Antunes

There’s much to love about The Fifth Cord. One of multiple Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro’s early works, the movie looks amazing and Storaro’s camera work is mesmerizing. From the first-person camera shots to the amazing framing and cinematography of the cityscapes, every frame of The Fifth Cord offers something new and interesting. Ennio Morricone’s unmistakable score adds flare. And Franco Nero, embodying the proto-typical 70’s macho-man who does things his way and even when he’s wrong, is perfectly cast in the lead.

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THE POSSESSED – Review by Marina Antunes

Bernard is a well respected, award winning writer but when we first meet him in The Possessed, he’s just another man breaking off a relationship over the phone. So opens Luigi Bazzoni and Franco Rossellini’s feature film; a scene which marks not only the introduction to our protagonist but also the last time Bernard is in control.

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HEAD COUNT – Review by Marina Antunes

On the surface Head Count looks like countless other horror movies: a group of college kids rent a house in the desert for the weekend and before the holidays are over, a bunch of them are dead. We’ve seen it before and we’ll certainly see it again but what makes writer/director Elle Callahan’s feature film debut interesting is that she’s far more interested in establishing a mood and tone while the scares feel almost secondary.

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Whistler Film Festival Wraps Another Successful Year – Marina Antunes reports

Whistler Film Festival wrapped another successful year and 2018, their 18th installment, proved to be as successful as previous years. WFF has long been a hub for female creatives and 2018 was no different. In addition to the films in this years’ EDA Awards competitions, and films featuring strong female leads, the festival was once again host to Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch series which included no less than five female screenwriters.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 19, 2019: Claudia Myers’ ABOVE THE SHADOWS

Just about everyone ends up feeling invisible at some point during their teen years — but what if you actually disappeared? That’s what happens to Holly in writer/director Claudia Myers Above the Shadows, a drama/fantasy that serves as an allegory for what it’s like to be marginalized out of your very existence.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Lynn Shelton’s SWORD OF TRUST

Opportunity makes strange — but ultimately well-suited — bedfellows in Lynn Shelton’s quirky dramedy Sword of Trust. Centered on an antique weapon that may (or may not) have played an unexpectedly important role in American history, it digs into the denial and hate that are tied into so much of the divisiveness that’s currently plaguing our country. All with an absurdist tone, naturally.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 28, 2019: Claire McCarthy’s OPHELIA

Much analyzed and, according to many, much misunderstood, Ophelia has always been one of Shakespeare’s most enigmatic characters. With Ophelia, director Claire McCarthy and screenwriter Semi Chellas aim to demystify Hamlet’s lady love, turning her into a smart, fully fleshed-out woman with spirit and agency.

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