BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 20, 2013
Daniele Mazet-Delpeuch was contentedly living in provincial France, cooking simple meals for a small restaurant, when her life took a turn that landed her as French President François Mitterand’s personal chef. It’s a Cinderella story where all the boring parts have been replaced with food—what could be better? Well, a few things apparently.
The film Haute Cuisine, directed by Christian Vincent, aims to capture Ms. Delpeuch’s journey as she transitions from serving farmers to heads of state. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Aug 28, 2013
I’m no beer aficionado, but I found Drinking Buddies to be like a cold, clear drink of artisanal beer - savory with rich, emphasized notes while also sparkling with subtlety.
In writer/director Joe Swanberg's film, perhaps the allusion is intentional - Drinking Buddies features two - you guessed it - drinking buddies who are coworkers at a craft brewery in Chicago, who negotiate their feelings for each other while in relationships with other people.
Jake Johnson (of New Girl and Safety Not Guaranteed) oozed chemistry with leading lady Olivia Wilde (The O.C.). Read More
BY Darcy Sturges
on Jul 29, 2013
Director Sebastián Silva, best known for his film The Maid, has created the next manic pixie dream girl (MPDG) film. If you’re not familiar with the manic pixie dream girl trope, watch Feminist Frequency’s video. In short, the MPDG is a female character whose sole purpose is to teach an uptight male protagonist to let loose and enjoy life.
Beyond that purpose, however, the MPDG seems to have no life of her own. Often the audience knows nothing of her desires, her dreams, and her goals. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Mar 22, 2013
I’ve been a sucker for soul band creation tales ever since The Commitments wailed its way into my heart, so I was already predisposed to love The Sapphires. The film, by director Wayne Blair, tells the very-close-to-true story of four young Australian Aboriginal women with killer pipes and big dreams. Sisters Gail (Deborah Mailman), Julie (Jessica Mauboy), and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) were raised on a reserve, and grew up singing country hits together. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Mar 04, 2013
Rebecca Thomas’s debut feature Electrick Children is a crackling, captivating film that’s equal parts allegory and acid trip. At the center of the story is Rachel (Julia Garner), an inquisitive and rebellious teenager living in the mid-nineties. Julia has been raised by a fundamentalist Mormon family, living on a compound in Utah. On the occasion of her fifteenth birthday, Rachel is asked by her father and church leader (Billy Zane) to begin recording religious testimonies using an old-school cassette tape player. Read More