Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen’

Merata Mita was a woman of firsts. The first Māori documentarian, and first woman filmmaker. The first Māori woman to be on national New Zealand television talking about reproductive justice, her necessary abortion, and becoming a kind of doula for other Māori women to make their own choices about their bodies. And also the...

BGN Film Review: ‘Overlord’

When they told me that I was going to watch a movie with zombies and Nazis in it, I thought it was a Call of Duty adaptation. Then, I sighed and settled in for a campy Stan Versus Evil-wannabe-movie. But, the film grabbed me from opening scenes with Bokeem Woodbine barking orders at a...

BGN Film Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

  The most anticipated fantastical tale of the year — Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns is brimming with charm infused with nostalgia.  It will have adults feeling like kids again while delivering a refreshing take that young audiences will enjoy. In this movie sequel to the original, director Rob Marshall introduces us to the next generation...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘The Magic Life of V’

  Live action role play, or LARP, has been a cornerstone of nerd culture for decades and by now its productions range from the low-key to fully immersive worldbuilding and creating. For Veera, the subject of Tonislav Hristov’s documentary The Magic Life of V, LARPing is so much more than just a hobby, a game,...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’

I am a millennial Black woman who was heavily influenced by a grandmother who was an avid reader. She made sure that I got a great sampling of the horror and science fiction books she loved so much. This included Beloved by Toni Morrison. In school, we read snippets of her novels as examples...

Review: ‘CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion’ Examines the Depictions of People with Disabilities in Hollywood

A spellbinding and disheartening documentary by director Jenni Gold, reveals the exclusions of people with disabilities in Hollywood. Her work titled CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion — explores how people with disabilities are perceived as well as their own perceptions of themselves as a marginalized group. Should we treat disabled people with care or treat...

BGN Film Review: ‘Green Book’

Green Book is a holiday film that uses a profile of a famous Black pianist and composer together with a historical guide for Black motorists to create a message of hope and cheer for today’s families. The story of an affluent, Black, gay man traveling the Jim Crow south with a white man as...

BGN Film Review: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

Welcome to the silver screen, Miles Morales! Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an amazing sight to behold. This film is easily in the top 5…dare I say top 3 out of all the movies that have come out in 2018. It’s definitely one of the best comic book films ever. The animation and soundtrack...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘Top End Wedding’

Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) gets a promotion as well as engaged to her boyfriend Ned (Gwilym Lee) on the same day. While she very much loves him, she does have some doubts about whether she wants to get married at all. Her boss Hampton (Kerry Fox) may look like Miranda Priestly, but she’s actually quite...

Sundance 2019 Review: ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’

Before the premiere of this film, I had never actually seen an audience, “on the edge of their seats.” I thought it was one of those old sayings that once meant something but are now just anchored to our language by history. It actually does happen. During the premiere screening of The Boy Who...