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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    I don’t think I’ll get used to seeing a Barry Jenkins film.

    The first Barry Jenkins film I ever watched was Moonlight. Moonlight stole the air out of my lungs, it was so beautiful. Jenkins had painstakingly crafted an introspective tale of a gay, Black man named Chiron who grows up in Miami in the late 80s. Chiron’s story is told with an amazing amount of care and empathy. I had really never seen a film so delicate yet impactful.…

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Every director has a style. In each movie they helm you can see it. It’s no different with Barry Jenkins in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” what I’ve noticed is that he wants you to see and feel everything the characters do. That’s why he holds those straight-on tight shots. He forces us to make eye contact with the characters. Eye to eye. In TV production, you’re taught not to do this because it’s jarring for the audience. It’s awkward.…

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  • Unsane

    Unsane

    Unsane isn’t perfect and it doesn’t necessarily engage with the ideals of capitalism, health care and mental health that it wants to as well as it should. But there is something terrifying about its approach to a digital consciousness that feels too close to home.

    The internet came with this amazing promise of freedom and a wealth of knowledge and ideas, but in the end, it is just a toxic place filled with restrictions, handicaps and safeguards that are more crushing and consuming than we would really rather believe.

    READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE: www.cinematary.com/writing/unsane-review-steven-soderbergh-claire-foy-iphone

  • Princess Cyd

    Princess Cyd

    Review by Naomi Sandiego

    Princess Cyd isn’t told in the story structure we’re comfortable with. It has loose ends and unanswered questions and feels more like a chapter than an entire story. But like happiness, and like fulfilment, cinema doesn’t have to stick to one recipe. And to me, this recipe turned out to be an unusual, but satisfying slice of cake.

    Read the full review here: www.cinematary.com/writing/2018/2/7/princess-cyd-2017-by-stephen-cone