A Serious Man: A Very Jewish Film For The Coens

Drawing upon the biblical Book of Job, A Serious Man is easily the most Jewish film that writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen could make. The Coen Brothers were two years removed from taking home a trio of Oscars for No Country for Old Men.  The pair would follow it up with some lighter fare, Burn After Reading.  Okay, so the latter film didn’t quite hit in the same way so it was back to the…

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SXSW 2019: Snatchers

The fate of humanity is on the line as Snatchers certainly brings all the horror beats to this high school-set comedic action-thriller. Imagine having sex and waking up to discover you’re pregnant the next day.  Not just pregnant but nine months pregnant.  This is what happens to Sara Steinberg (Mary Nepi) one day after having unprotected sex with ex-boyfriend Skyler (Austin Fryberger).  It’s unfortunate because she just happens to be one of the popular girls at…

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A Kid Like Jake explores Gender Identity

A Kid Like Jake is a film that ought to add to the conversation about gender identity among young children. The roots of A Kid Like Jake in the theater become very clear in the final act through the performances of Claire Danes and Jim Parsons.  Through Silas Howard’s direction and the camera framing of cinematographer Steven Capitano Calitri, the performances come off as theatrical rather than cinematic.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  While…

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CCFF 2018: A Kid Like Jake

A Kid Like Jake is a film that ought to add to the conversation about gender identity among young children. The roots of A Kid Like Jake as a play becomes clear in the final act of the film through the performances of Claire Danes and Jim Parsons in particular.  Through Silas Howard’s direction and the camera framing of cinematographer Steven Capitano Calitri, the performances come off as theatrical rather than cinematic. Danes and Parsons…

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Beatriz at Dinner: Healer takes on Business Mogul

Beatriz at Dinner offers intriguing social commentary as a healer takes on a business mogul at dinner and throughout the evening. Directed by Miguel Arteta from a screenplay written by Mike White, the indie film stars Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny, David Warshofsky, and John Early. Beatriz  (Hayek) is invited to her client’s dinner party at her Newport Beach mansion when her car breaks down.  Beatriz is so…

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