Lynn Novick on HEMINGWAY, the Myth and Women – April Neale interviews

PBS brings Hemingway to the small screen beginning on April 5, told in three episode series. Award-winning filmmakers Lynn Novick and Ken Burns’ latest documentary series features one of America’s most famous authors, Ernest Hemingway. The film spans the author’s lifetime, from Hemingway’s early days as a boy discovering the natural world with his father, to his early journalism career before becoming America’s most famous, modern 20th century author.

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HURT BY PARADISE – Review by April Neale

Star, writer and director Greta Bellamacina has made a lengthy, pretty film, Hurt By Paradise, that accomplishes two things. It will make the well traveled viewer miss London terribly, especially the glorious spring and summer months. It also reminds the viewer how important it is to have a close female friend at the ready, one who is always there for you.

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LOST COURSE – Review by April Neale

Lost Course is long form journalism edited into a riveting subtitled documentary which also boasts a thriller-like narrative. It is, perhaps, the most embedded of interactive citizen reporting seen to date. To wit, nothing is as universal as seeing how rich and connected people take advantage of illiterate poor people, whether it is in China or anywhere else on the planet. This film reveals human nature and the deadly sin of greed is laid bare at its worst.

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SOPHIE JONES – Review by April Neale

Much like when a child dies young or before a parents’ death, this melancholic yet oddly positive film is an intense study of a young woman who is awakening to her sexuality and it’s power, while managing deep seated feelings of loss and sadness. Life goes on, but not without extracting pieces of your heart and soul along the way. There’s no other choice for any of us. Ultimately, the film leaves us with the feeling that Sophie will prevail.

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Kalia Love Jones on Filmmaking and THE POWER OF HOPE – April Neale interviews

With her first film, The Power of Hope, 14-year-old filmmaker Kalia Love Jones becomes the youngest director to qualify for Academy Award consideration via her animated short’s selection by the Pan African Film and Arts Festival and several other Oscar-qualifying festivals. Love Jones attributes her inspiration specifically to Michele Obama, and she want to inspire others with the hopeful message in her film.

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FRENCH EXIT – Review by April Neale

Michelle Pfeiffer seems to have nine lives in French Exit. She is also a poster child for the wealthy WASP mavens of the last century who never ate, rarely emoted, smoked and drank heavily and were perfectly turned out at every waking moment. Women named Babe, Alva, Muffy and Cornelia.

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Filmmaker Nora Unkel on A NIGHTMARE WAKES and Mary Shelley – April Neale interviews (EXCLUSIVE)

A Nightmare Wakes presents a visual journey of Mary’s writing process, replete with demonic and disturbing visions and extraneous personal drama that adds to her overall melancholia. Director Nora Unkel reveals the nightmare that inspired Mary, a failed pregnancy; a complex love affair with Percy and a blending of her reality with dreamt possession and bloody imagery where we are unsure at times of what we are witnessing.

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LUPIN – Review by April Neale

Lupin, The French import on Netflix, is a must see binge, immédiatement!
The five episode series percolates with an energy rarely felt in television fare and is a familiar theme of injustice and abuse of power. The story of one man’s path to clearing his father’s name becomes a crackling great caper thrill ride with a hell of a cliffhanger.

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FALLING – Review by April Neale

In his directorial debut, Viggo Mortensen delivers a biographically tinged film that holds up a mirror to mortality. From the beginning, the film reminds us that we all will die, and that everyone’s journey to that end game is filled with beauty and sadness, abuse and adoration, and most of all—at least in Viggo’s case—an appreciation for your family, warts and all.

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