Coverage of 2019 Sundance Film Festival at @hammertonail, Part 3 + Review of UNITED SKATES

Emelie Mahdavian of MIDNIGHT TRAVELER with Chris Reed

My Hammer to Nail coverage of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival continues with four more reviews and one interview:

In addition, here is my review of United Skates!

Enjoy!

“Captain Marvel” Is Everything a Superhero Film Should Be

Captain Marvel (Anna Boden/Ryan Fleck, 2019)

As I always feel compelled to write at the start of a review about a Marvel film, I am no fan boy of the superhero genre, having long-ago abandoned any real interest in comics. I do, however, love good action/adventure sagas, and so I approach each and every movie like this with the hope that it will deliver thrills and more. The good ones (or at least the entertaining ones) among them – Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man and Thor: Ragnarok – tell their stories through as much wit and charm as muscle and CGI, with the best among them (Black Panther and Winter Soldier, and to a lesser degree Iron Man) folding in socially relevant commentary, as well (and though Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a work of rare genius, it is sui generis, not really part of the general Marvel series). I also happen to like compelling origin tales. Guess what, O fans and casual viewers? Captain Marvel offers not only a great introduction to a new character, but also a super-compelling fable with something to say about the real world. What more could one ask for? Continue reading

@fogoftruth Episode 504: THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING and GENERATION WEALTH

This week, the topic is audience fascination with films about the ultra-wealthy in a time of great economic disparity, as we discuss The Price of Everything and I (Chris Reed) interview Lauren Greenfield, the director of Generation Wealth.

As always, you can find the episode on our “episodes” page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

@fogoftruth Episode 503: 2019 Oscar-Nominated Documentaries and THE SILENCE OF OTHERS

This week we talk Oscars with a brief discussion of the documentary-feature nominees and a more intensive review of each nominated short, as well as kvetch generally about the complicated relationship between documentary films and Oscar, and also interview Robert Bahar, co-director of The Silence of Others.

Oscar Shorts Reviewed:

To see the video that accompanies our interview with Bing Liu – from the 2018 AFI DOCS festival – go to our “video extras” page. As always, you can find the audio of the episode on our “episodes” page, on iTunesSoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available. Enjoy!

Coverage of 2019 Sundance Film Festival at @hammertonail – Part 2

Chris Reed with co-directors Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier of ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH

My Hammer to Nail coverage of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival continues with more reviews and one interview:

Enjoy!