With an end to the 2017 summer movie season, it’s time to round up my favorite films of this summer. While I was credentialed for both the Chicago Critics Film Festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival, and remotely covered a few films selected for the Flyover Film Festival, I am not including any of those films unless they’ve been released in theaters, video on demand, or Digital HD. I’ll start with the documentaries. I’ve seen…"My Favorite Films of Summer 2017"
Bear with Us offers a take on the cabin-in-the-woods genre but it does so as a dark comedy. Directed by William J. Stribling from a screenplay that was co-written with Russ Nickel, Bear with Us stars Christy Carlson Romano, Mark Sullivan, Alex McKenna, Cheyanne Jackson, Collin Smith, Lea Delaria, with Curtiss Cook and Alice Ripley. How far would you go to preserve a relationship? This is the question that Stribling and Nickel have decided to…"Bear with Us: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"
A cisgender woman was cast as a transgender woman in Lola Pater, a French film that screened recently at the Locarno Film Festival. The film is directed by Nadir Moknèche and stars Fanny Ardant, Tewfik Jallab, Nadia Kaci. The synopsis for the film: “When his mother dies, Zino decides to find his father, Farid. But 25 years ago, Farid became Lola…” From the review in The Hollywood Reporter: One could question director Moknech’s decision to not use a real trans person…"Cisgender Woman plays Transgender Woman in Lola Pater"