The Old Oak (2023)

Films like Ken Loach’s The Old Oak are why I am still so passionate about well-crafted films, especially those dealing with the down and out, those oppressed by the powerful. His latest protest parable, written by frequent collaborator Paul Laverty, celebrates those victimized by a series of UK conservative powers during the latter years of …

We Grown Now

Writer/director Minhai Baig’s elegaic story of an imaginative boy facing the end of a way of life is deeply moving. It makes me believe all the more that the best of films are being made by indepedant filmmakers. This is a must see film. The setting is the vast Cabrini-Green project that at its height …

200 Meters (2021)

Palestinian-Jordanian Ameen Nayfeh director/writer shows us the effect that the Israeli wall dividing the West Bank from Israel has on a Palestinian family. It is an effective tool for a better understanding of “the Palestinian situation” than an abstract discussion of the issues because it never preaches, but rather tells a story of an ordinary …

Asphalt City (2023)

French-born director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire has gifted us with the most harrowing parable about an ambulance medic since Martin Scorsese’ 1999 film Bringing Out the Dead. That title fits the newer film as well, with so many of the victims treated by the two medics in this story dying before or just after arriving at the hospital, …

Maestro (2023)

The film is more about Leonard Bernstein’s music & sexuality & his relationship to wife Felicia Montealegre than a biographical film.