Cinema

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 4th, 2020

Eliza Hittman’s Sundance favorite “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” which played in theaters for just three days before Focus Features pulled the film amidst the widespread and unprecedented coronavirus-related closures, will be made available on demand beginning April 3. According to Anne Thompson, the movie will cost $19.99 to rent for a 48 hour period and will be carried on several platforms. As distributors and consumers navigate the unexpected changes brought about by…

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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 29th, 2020

Veteran sound editor and USC professor Midge Costin educates and entertains as the director of “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound.” An engaging, entry-level crash course on the role of audio in motion picture storytelling, the film is a sibling to “Visions of Light,” “Side by Side,” and other behind-the-scenes documentaries that examine various aspects of the dream factory. Movies like “Making Waves” follow a common formula: talking head interviews with well-known…

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Veteran Documentary Filmmaker Liz Gaarbus Makes Fiction Debut with ‘Lost Girls’

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 18th, 2020

Documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus visited the Fargo Film Festival in 2002 -- the second year of the event -- to introduce a screening of her Emmy and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning, Oscar-nominated “The Farm: Angola, USA.” The supremely talented artist would go on to make many other nonfiction films of note before “Lost Girls,” her fiction debut, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival before finding its current home on Netflix. Based on Robert Kolker’s book…

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Autumn de Wilde Makes Feature Debut with “Emma.”

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 11th, 2020

Photographer and music video veteran Autumn de Wilde makes a bold statement with her feature directorial debut, punctuating the title of the oft-adapted Jane Austen favorite with an emphatic period as if to suggest she gets the last word with this particular edition of “Emma.” Sumptuously designed, elegantly appointed, and spectacularly costumed and coiffed, de Wilde’s fresh rendition has a piquant flavor complemented as much by self-aware sexiness as the abundant pastel hues on…

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Sam S. ‘Kindred Creatures’ Interview

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 4th, 2020

Bismarck-based filmmaker Samuel Sprynczynatyk’s “Kindred Creatures” is a feature-length documentary that explores the world of farm animals and the sanctuaries that rescue them. The movie also addresses animal rights and animal activism. For Sprynczynatyk, a long-time vegan, “Kindred Creatures” is a dream project that advocates the position that “animals are somebody, not something.”

HPR’s Greg Carlson talked to Sprynczynatyk about the new movie.

GC: You are a very young…

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The Ice Cold Horror of ‘The Lodge’

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 26th, 2020

“Goodnight Mommy” filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala continue to carve up chills, thrills, and nightmares in “The Lodge,” a Sundance 2019 favorite finally receiving the theatrical release it rightfully deserves. With an unrelentingly oppressive atmosphere in the claustrophobically framed location of the title, “The Lodge” is perfect slow-burn arthouse horror that never cheats and always rewards the patience and intelligence of the viewer. Accordingly, jump scares…

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Pictures of You: Stella Meghie’s ‘The Photograph’

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 19th, 2020

Stella Meghie writes and directs “The Photograph,” a romantic drama that weaves together the cross-generational journeys of a mother and daughter finding themselves with and without the love that might otherwise nurture and sustain them. Starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield, Meghie’s earnest valentine demonstrates enough restraint to transcend the soapiest coincidences of the story, which is occasionally burdened by a comfortable pace that allows viewers time to get ahead of…

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Director Cathy Yan Visits the Irrepressible Harley Quinn in ‘Birds of Prey’

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 12th, 2020

Even before the release of David Ayer’s dreadful “Suicide Squad” in 2016, Warner Bros. announced a forthcoming feature in the DC Extended Universe for breakout character Harley Quinn. Producer and star Margot Robbie buckled down, developing a project in competition against other potential Quinn movies being considered at the studio. Director Cathy Yan’s “Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” showcases the two-time Oscar nominee in a colorful and…

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Celebrating Human Rights and Social Justice: Experimental and Animated Film Series

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 12th, 2020

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by Kris Gruber
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High Plains Reader spoke with the executive director of The Human Family, Sean Coffman, about the North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival, and the special screening of eight experimental and animated films at the Fargo Theatre on February 20th. The Human Family promotes human rights and social justice through film and art. This is a free, one night only event -- the public is encouraged to reserve their spot, as seating is limited. Go to:

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‘The Turning:’ Sigismondi Struggles with Henry James Oft-Told Tale

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 5th, 2020

The telling one-two punch of a January release date dump and a rocky production history spells serious trouble for Floria Sigismondi’s “The Turning,” a supernatural horror based on Henry James’ timeless “The Turn of the Screw.” A one-time “passion project” championed by no less a light than Steven Spielberg, the original incarnation of the film was developed for Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo before a Scott Z. Burns script rewrite failed to convince Amblin…

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