BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 07/24/2020

In a black and white photo the photographer Helmut Newton sits with his legs crossed in a chair outdoorsHELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

“The films of photographers that I’ve seen are terribly boring,” Newton muses, as the camera follows him walking into the Hotel Chateau Marmont. That’s far from the case with this documentary on the influential German fashion photographer, who dies in 2004.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE Boston

The doc is revelatory in the way that a documentary should be, showing us more than meets the eye…a feast of flesh and fantasy with an engaging array of models, muses, and admirers weighing in on Helmut’s subversive genius.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

Rosamund Pike pours a beaker into a funnel as Marie Curie in the movie RadioactiveRADIOACTIVE

“Jarringly edited, the film hurtles back and forth in time with the finesse of an atomic bomb.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices

 

 

Surrounded by red fog in the woods, Alison Brie holds her phone's flashlight in the movie The RentalTHE RENTAL

“People who watch THE RENTAL will most likely find enough value in it by the time it’s over. It’s not perfect, but it’s somewhat different and will likely hold your attention during its 88-minute run.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

 

BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 07/10/2020

David Thewlis in the movie Guest of Honour holding a badge in a convenience storeGUEST OF HONOUR

“Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan (THE SWEET HEREAFTER) writes and directs a dark, psychologically intense drama in which a father has nothing but rules left to cling to, while his daughter punishes herself for the things she’s done — and hasn’t.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE Boston

 

Bella Heathcote looks disheveled and scared in the horror movie Relic

RELIC

“In spite of RELIC not being able to comfortably fit into one genre, Natalie Erika James is able to deliver a well-made movie in her first try out.” – Jaskee Hickman, Cinematic Essential

 

Charlize Theron crouches with hair in her face and an axe on her back in the movie The Old Guard THE OLD GUARD

“THE OLD GUARD provides LGBTQ representation and presents an escapist fantasy, as superhero films do while excavating deeper truths about humanity.” – Megan Kearns, EDGE Media Network

 

Simon Morze and Bruno Kanz look at each other in the movie The TobacconistTHE TOBACCONIST

“Nikolaus Leytner’s film reminds us that there’s pleasure to be found in the simple act of living, even when life seems encircled and imperiled by forces seemingly bent on snuffing it out.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE Boston

 

Keita Ninomiya looks sad standing in front of photos of his parents in the movie We Are Little ZombiesWE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES

“The film has much to say about commercialism, fame, errant parents, abusive adults, teen angst, loneliness, love, and what it takes to stay alive in an absurd, cynical, and often cruel world.” – Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce’s Choices