Cinema

Samantha Stark’s ‘Framing Britney Spears’

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 19th, 2021

By Greg Carlson

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18 April 2021

Validated and legitimized by a kind of inflated imprimatur as an episode in “The New York Times Presents” series, filmmaker Samantha Stark’s “Framing Britney Spears” is a frustrating piece of lopsided speculation that never quite does enough to investigate and interrogate the horrifying treatment experienced by its subject as a young woman in the spotlight. In other words, the nonfiction celebrity exposé risks becoming the…

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The Master’s Voice: Monro’s ‘Kubrick by Kubrick’

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 12th, 2021

The Master’s Voice: Monro’s 'Kubrick by Kubrick'

By Greg Carlson

09 April 2021

Joining the group of nonfiction portraits that includes “Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures,” “Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes,” “Room 237,” “S Is for Stanley,” and “Filmworker,” Gregory Monro’s “Kubrick by Kubrick” is a worthy addition to the growing collection of documentary films exploring various aspects of the life and career of the legendary auteur. The most devoted fans might…

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End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock (2021)

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 6th, 2021

By Greg Carlson

02 April 2021

Kring’s 'End of the Line' Part of North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival

One of several powerful films included in the upcoming 2021 North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival -- screening virtually from April 11 through April 25 -- director Shannon Kring’s “End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock” looks at recent history through the eyes of several committed and passionate indigenous water protectors. Following its recent world…

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Collecting Movies With Toby Jones

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 29th, 2021

Collecting Movies with Toby Jones (2021)

By Greg Carlson 

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28 March 2021

Toby Jones is an Emmy-nominated writer, director and cartoonist from Fargo, North Dakota currently living in Los Angeles. He has worked as a writer and storyboard director on “Regular Show,” an executive producer on “OK K.O.!: Let's Be Heroes,” and is the creator of “AJ's Infinite…

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Morden Seeks to Avoid Late Fees at ‘The Last Blockbuster

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 21st, 2021

By Greg Carlson

gregcarlson1agmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

21 March 2021

Memories of 1980s and 1990s video store culture will draw viewers of a certain age to “The Last Blockbuster,” Taylor Morden’s breezy,…

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‘Freeland’ Screening in Virtual 2021 Fargo Film Festival

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 15th, 2021

by Greg Carlson

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An engrossing portrait that takes viewers deep into the world of marijuana farming in Northern California’s Humboldt County, “Freeland'' rumbles along on the strength of a lovely central performance by Krisha Fairchild as Devi, a one-time hippie and last-woman-standing from the idealistic commune of the title. Fairchild, who played the fictionalized character who shares her name in nephew Trey Edward Shults’s debut feature “Krisha,” has…

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Tom Brandau (1960-2021)

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 8th, 2021

Tom Brandau (1960-2021)

By Greg Carlson

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When I first made his acquaintance, I didn’t think I liked Tom Brandau.

And I was certain the feeling was mutual.

Following the unexpected death of Minnesota State University Moorhead film studies professor Ted Larson -- a mentor to me and to Rusty Casselton and to many others -- Rusty left Concordia to direct the film program at MSUM and I moved from MSUM into Rusty’s spot at Concordia.

Tom arrived a few years later to…

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Collecting Movies with Dava Whisenant

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 1st, 2021

By Greg Carlson

gregcarlson1@gmail.com

19 February 2021

Photo courtesy Mari Mur.

Dava Whisenant received the Best New Documentary Director Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival for her feature debut “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” which opened the 2019 Fargo Film Festival. Whisenant continues to collaborate with Steve Young, and their short comedy “Photo Op” is part of the 2021 Fargo Film Festival, which is being held as a virtual event from March 18 to 28.

Greg Carlson: How did you get…

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Siren Song: Sabrina Doyle’s “Lorelei” Part of Virtual Fargo Film Festival

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 23rd, 2021

By Greg Carlson

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19 February 2021

Filmmaker Sabrina Doyle’s “Lorelei” aims for hardscrabble, working-class romance. Good onscreen chemistry between Jena Malone and Pablo Schreiber lifts the filmmaker’s debut feature out of traps set by occasionally mundane dialogue and predictable complications. Tonal and stylistic swings trade off between grim realism and dreamy expressionism. Savvy viewers will be able to say they’ve seen most of this world before -- in…

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Stalking Chernobyl: Exploration After Apocalypse

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 16th, 2021

By Greg Carlson

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18 February 2021

Filmmaker and activist Iara Lee’s “Stalking Chernobyl: Exploration After Apocalypse” ventures into the sites and surroundings of the abandoned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, introducing an assortment of “stalkers” drawn to the growing popularity of this upside-down variant on eco-tourism.

Lee incorporates excellent, pre-disaster archival footage that emphasizes a constructed, utopian, Soviet-era idealism. And she balances…

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