Family Drama in “Real Life”: An Interview on Ghostlight (CCFF 2024)

By Jonathan Monovich. Being a real-life family, we didn’t need to try to create that dynamic like three unrelated actors would, so it made it easier.” To close out the 11th Chicago Critics Film Festival (CCFF), the Chicago Film Critics Association saved the best for last. Ghostlight (2024) written by […]

Collective Creation: Universal Language

By Yun-hua Chen. Universal Language mocks our limited imagination by opening up its limitless possibilities….” “Cinematic Venn diagramme between Winnipeg, Tehran and Montréal”, or “a Hawaiian pizza”, as director Matthew Rankin described his sophomore feature Universal Language (2024) himself – the film is completely unexpected, bold, free-flowingly imaginative, multi-everything and […]

In Love and Pain – Vampires in Silent Cinema by Gary D. Rhodes

A Book Review by Dávid Szőke. A carefully detailed account of the vampire archetype’s journey from literary and folkloric origins to the silent screen….” “Schreck’s peculiarities are like lovemaking games,” so says the fictional F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich) in E. Elias Merhige’s Shadow of the Vampire (2000), a vampire film […]

More Happy Accidents: Accidentally Preserved, Vol. 5

By Jeremy Carr. Ben Model and his Undercrank Productions continue to deliver eclectic fare from the annals of film history, distributing movies that shed light on their respective era, their audiences, and their creators.” Given the nature of what is discovered, handled, and ultimately distributed as part of the Accidentally […]

Sleepless Nights: Alex Andre’s Pratfall (2023)

By Thomas M. Puhr. A film about the very-human desire to be seen – really seen – by another, and the accompanying fear of what that vulnerability may bring.” “Do I look happy or satisfied?” Eli (Joshua Burge) asks an unsuspecting couple in Central Park. “I wouldn’t know. I can’t […]

The Triple Protagonist Film: Challengers, Sex, and Gender

By David Greven. Echoing classical Hollywood and classical myth, the triple protagonist film of the present breaks new ground while reinforcing longstanding myths about sexuality and gender stereotypes.” In Luca Guadagnino’s great films, such as Call Me By Your Name (2017), Bones and All (2022), and I Am Love (2009), […]