3 items from 2016
Two movies about women at crossroads in their lives explore the sort of personal crisis — lost mojo! — typically reserved for men onscreen. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for movies about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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Women at crossroads in their lives. Women who feel their worlds falling apart and don’t know what to do about it. Women who’ve lost their mojo… or never even found it in the first place. These are not the sorts of personal crises that we typically see women experiencing onscreen (though men have countless cinematic examples to follow when they find themselves in a rut). So I was delighted to discover two films that fall into the sparsely populated subgenre of Women Who Go in Search of a Kick in the Butt (Though They Might Not Realize That’s What They »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sometimes you meet someone who changes your life in a myriad of unexpected ways, challenging you to examine your passions and behavior, forcing you to wonder where and how to move forward. Such is the premise of the new film “There Is a New World Somewhere,” about a life-changing road trip between two stranger that they’ll never forget. Written and directed by Li Lu, the film follows Sylvia (Agnes Bruckner), a struggling artist in New York who was recently fired from her job. She flees back to her Texas hometown for a friend’s wedding, but at the pre-wedding party she meets an enigmatic stranger Esteban (Maurice Compte). On the eve of the wedding, Esteban dares Sylvia to join her on a road trip through the Deep South and confront the internal demons inside herself along the way. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
Agnes Bruckner currently »
- Vikram Murthi
What may be most surprising about Katja von Garnier’s music doc Forever and a Day, a contemporary portrait of iconic hard rock/heavy metal German band The Scorpions, is to note their five decades worth of musical presence. Formed by Rudolf Schenker in 1965, the band allowed Garnier to tag along as they embarked on what was meant to be their Final Sting tour, an eighteen month stretch of performances which were set to wrap up in Munich. However, based on the jubilant reaction as they performed, the band decided to then extend the tour. The result becomes a ruminative pondering on the nature of an artist’s retirement and what happens when creative outlets are eventually restrained. In between playdates, Garnier completes a historical portrait of the band’s ups and downs throughout the past fifty years.
As one of the band’s managers remarks early on, “it’s »
- Nicholas Bell
3 items from 2016
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