AWFJ Presents: Julie Taymor’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Review by Joan Amenn

Anyone who found themselves uninspired by their high school English classes might remember that there was a small spark of fun to look forward to, if they were lucky. Should your instructor assign you to read, or better yet, watch a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you could anticipate some magical entertainment. Julie Taymor staged her own version of the classic in 2014 and fortunately, it was captured on film because it is astonishing.

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THE VAST OF NIGHT – Review by Diane Carson

Finding inspiration in early television science fiction, this satisfying little film zips through 89 minutes with confidence and style. What a delight it is to be swept up in 1950s small town New Mexico as switchboard operator Fay hears an indecipherable audio frequency and transmits it to friend Everett, hosting a radio call in.

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THE VAST OF NIGHT – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

The Vast of Night is a confident, subtle and deeply intelligent reflection of how history and myth take shape through technologies, and yet the film never slides into pompous soap-boxing or smug editorializing. It’s that rare gift of a film where all the elements combine in perfect harmony, a timely reminder that a great genre film doesn’t need to transcend genre as much as it needs to deeply love, respect and understand it.

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