Archive for March, 2022

Review: Guantanamo Diary Revisited

— by BEV QUESTAD — This review is the second in a three-part examination of films dealing with the Guantanamo prison situation. Released from Guantanamo Bay detention camp in 2015 for lack of evidence and a negative polygraph after 14 years of imprisonment and torture by the US governmen[...]

Review: The Mauritanian

— by BEV QUESTAD — How long do you keep a prisoner without charge or evidence? How strenuously can you interrogate, encourage, and even torture a prisoner to get a confession? At what point will a person say anything? Two months after planes flew into the World Trade Center Towers, the m[...]

Review: Alice

— by BEV QUESTAD — In a small wooden building lit by candlelight in the dark of the night, two slaves are married quietly and secretly. Their lives are really not their own to determine. The new husband, Joseph, will be sent off the next day, like a stud bull, to impregnate a slave from [...]

Review: Fabian: Going to the Dogs

— by WILLIAM STERR — It’s the late 1920s in Berlin, Germany. The Wiemar Republic is beginning to crumble under the multiple onslaughts of a failing economy, social disintegration, and the rising Nazi party. Jakob Fabian (Tom Schilling) is a young man from Dresden who has moved to the c[...]

Review: Man of God

— by BEV QUESTAD — “I am the leader of the whole world. What would you like me to give you?” This true-life story of Nektarios of Aegin grabs attention from the start and soon spreads into your heart and soul like the incoming crash of a Mediterranean wave. A showing of “Man of God[...]

Review: Drive My Car

— by BEV QUESTAD — Up for an Oscar in two categories, best film and best international feature film in a foreign language, “Drive My Car” was also on Barack Obama’s list of Favorite Movies of 2021. On one level it is an intellectual’s film, with references to Anton Chekov and exi[...]

Review: A Banquet

— by WILLIAM STERR — Imagine you are a woman methodically cleaning a chair, scrubbing thoroughly. In the background, someone is coughing – very hard – trying to breathe. You go on scrubbing as the coughing gets more and more desperate. Finally, you rise and try to comfort a man who s[...]

Sedona International Film Festival winners

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — The film “Delicious,” a mouth-watering historical comedy pairing a gifted chef and his unlikely protégé who must find the resolve to free themselves from servitude in 1789 France, was named both Best of Fest and winner of the Director’s Choice Best Inter[...]