MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 19, 2024: ORIGIN

Making a dramatic feature based on a nonfiction book can be a tricky proposition, but Ava DuVernay does it adeptly with her thought-provoking, powerfully moving Origin. Inspired by journalist Isabel Wilkerson’s best-selling 2020 book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, the film combines the book’s arguments with Wilkerson’s experiences researching and writing it; the end result is a compelling look at trauma, grief, and the absolute tragedy of dehumanizing certain groups of people.

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Neasa Hardiman Talks SEA FEVER – Marina Antunes interviews

The time is always right for a creature movie. In good times it’s fun to get cozy with a loved one and get a little frightened together. In bad times, it’s reassuring to see people working together to defeat a common evil. The most effective are stories that focus on an individual’s motivation and how their decisions affect themselves and the outside world. In Sea Fever, Neasa Hardiman has a lot to say about that.

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SEA FEVER – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

It is to the briny depths that Irish filmmaker Neasa Hardiman turns for her feature debut, Sea Fever. A stalwart and highly experienced television director, as both writer and director Hardiman demonstrates a steady hand as she captains the film throughout what in generic terms is thrilling yet rather pedestrian ocean-monster science fiction territory.

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