By Gordon K. Smith The 2016 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF 2016), which concluded in April, featured no less than three films with a “post-apocalyptic” theme; the most visually striking of these was ORION, by second-time writer/director Asiel Norton and starring David Arquette in a role harsher than what we’re used to seeing him in. Norton’s visionary fable is … [Read more...] about Roundtable: “Orion” – post-apocalyptic, visually striking film and a harsher David Arquette
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By Gordon K. Smith NO LETTING GO is a small but vital independent film about a family’s struggle with their son’s mental health crisis. At a roundtable interview in late March, we learned about the film and its mission from actress Cheryl Allison (Catherine the mother) and co-writer/producer Randi Silverman. The film is based on an award-winning short called … [Read more...] about Roundtable “NO LETTING GO” Cheryl Allison and Randi Silverman discuss their indie film about a family’s struggle with their son’s mental health crisis
Film review by: Gordon K. Smith A powerful documentary for the 24/7 video age, Asif Kapadia's AMY follows the short, sweet, and sad life of British soul singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse from the age of 14 until her tragic, yet unsurprising, death in 2011, officially from alcohol poisoning. The fact that most of this period is well covered by video from mobile phones, … [Read more...] about Film review: “Amy” a powerful documentary for the 24/7 video age
Review by: Gordon K. Smith Jennifer Aniston gives a career-milestone performance in CAKE, a movie you've no doubt already heard about due to Aniston's lack of an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, despite Golden Globe and SAG nominations. She has taken it in good spirit, proudly wearing the label of “number one Oscar snub” (among a year of many), but would no doubt confirm … [Read more...] about Movie Review: “Cake” – Jennifer Aniston gives a career-milestone performance
Film review by: Gordon K. Smith In the decades since STAR WARS, ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER made science-fiction epics viable box-office commodities, the genre has largely been identified by slimy aliens, super heroes, violence and lots (and lots and lots) of things blowing up real good. What's gotten lost too much of the time is the science-fiction of ideas, the kind that … [Read more...] about Film Review: “Interstellar” a mixed bag. But still…see it.