Archive for February, 2024

Review: Veselka

— by WILLIAM STERR — “Jason Birchard has a hunger to feed people …” So intones narrator David Duchovny (“The X Files”), who himself has some Ukrainian ancestry, at the beginning of this documentary about a unique Ukrainian restaurant in New York City. The restaurant began a[...]

Review: Four Daughters

— by BEV QUESTAD — It was 2015 when Barack Obama approved the bombing of an Islamic terrorist center in Libya. Here, Noureddine Chouchane, a militant commander connected to two deadly attacks in neighboring Tunisia, was killed. Surviving were his wife and his wife’s sister. “Four Dau[...]

Review: Barbie

— by BEV QUESTAD — Why hasn’t “Barbie” been more of an awards winner? Nominations in abundance in many annual awards categories and victory at the box office hasn’t transferred to winning. The Oscars left out “Barbie” from Best Actress and Best Director. Why? I’[...]

Review: The Peasants

— by WILLIAM STERR — Epic. That is the term the Nobel committee used in awarding Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1924 for his novel, “The Peasants.” In 2023, the film version of “The Peasants” was released at various film festivals. It will be releas[...]

Review: Cold Meat

— by WILLIAM STERR — The story of the Wendigo is an enduring one that has been the basis of numerous films over the years. It appeared as a motivating character in Steven King’s 1983 novel “Pet Cemetery,” as the title character in numerous films, as the possessing spirit in Guiller[...]

Review: Nimona

— by BEV QUESTAD — Who’s bad, who’s good, and what’s the truth? These are life’s questions. But, as this film says, “If you want a happily ever after you are going to have to wait, because the monsters are always out there.” Isn’t that the truth? “Nimona” is an animatio[...]

Review: Vishniac

— by WILLIAM STERR — Imagine the breadth of a life that began before the end of the 19th century and lasted almost until the 21st. Further, imagine that life beginning in Czarist Russia, passing through Wiemar and then Nazi Germany, and ending in 1990 New York City. That was the life of [...]