18½ – Woodstock 2021

Slamdance co-founder/filmmaker Dan Mirvish and screenwriter Daniel Moya revisit the Richard Nixon years in their historical fiction film, 18½. Richard Nixon was one of the most paranoid presidents in American history. He recorded every word ever spoken in his office. And yet, we discovered an 18½-minute gap in the recordings. What was on the tape? Nixon secretary Rose Mary Woods is on the record as erasing the tape by accident. Is this truth or a…

"18½ – Woodstock 2021"

The Big Short Marks 5 Years Since Wide Release

The Big Short, featuring a star-studded cast, explores the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis while weaving together humor and drama. The housing collapse led to one of the worst recessions in American history.  According to the film’s post-script, some $5 trillion was lost in pensions, real estate value, 401k, savings, and bonds.  Eight million people lost their jobs with six million losing their homes in the United States. If not for The Other Guys,…

"The Big Short Marks 5 Years Since Wide Release"

First Cow Is Available on Blu-Ray

Following an abbreviated theatrical run earlier this year, First Cow is now available for audiences to watch at home on Blu-ray and Digital. What follows is my review of the film from this year’s theatrical release: First Cow takes us back in time to the Pacific Northwest where we look at life as seen through the lens of a fur trapper and Chinese immigrant. Fur trapper Cookie Figowitz (John Maguro) befriends a Chinese immigrant, King-Lu…

"First Cow Is Available on Blu-Ray"

First Cow: Bromance Thrives on Stealing

First Cow takes us back in time to the Pacific Northwest where we look at life as seen through the lens of a fur trapper and Chinese immigrant. Fur trapper Cookie Figowitz (John Maguro) befriends a Chinese immigrant, King-Lu (Orion Lee) early on in the film.  The two of them are among many to explore the Oregon Territory in the 1820s.  While there’s surely a lot of history that one could examine, the film settles…

"First Cow: Bromance Thrives on Stealing"