Join yours truly and show host Frankie Picasso for looks at four new films and two film festival wrap-ups on this month’s movie review edition of the Frankiesense & More video podcast, to begin airing Thursday November 2 at 1 pm ET.
Reviews of "The Creator," "A Million Miles Away" and "Kenyatta," as well as a podcast preview and two film festival wrap-ups, are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Media Network
Regrettably, convincing idealism is an increasingly rare commodity in political circles these days. With so many politicians looking out for themselves and their cronies, it’s become difficult to find those we can genuinely trust. Indeed, how are we supposed to put our faith in what they say? Every so often, though, there are those who come along who appear to defy such low expectations.
As this year’s edition of the Chicago International Film Festival winds down, I’ve completed my screenings for 2023. I viewed seven films in all, which is considerably fewer than in recent years, for a variety of reasons (cost, venues, programming), and I must admit I’m coming away from the event somewhat disappointed.
The 41st annual edition of Chicago’s Reeling International LGBTQ+ Film Festival is now in the books, having featured an array of narrative, documentary and short films in theaters and online. Here’s my take on what I watched and what I thought.
Wanting the best for one’s children is a natural tendency for many parents. But how far is one willing to go to see this ambition realized? For some, this takes the form of supportive but restrained encouragement, a healthy approach, to be sure. But what happens when the push for success becomes an obsession, one driven by ever-escalating expectations that put undue pressure on the kids?
Reviews of "The Quiet Girl," "The Blue Caftan" and "Let It Be Morning," as well as a podcast preview, my Oscar scorecard and a film festival wrap-up, are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post of The Good Media Network
If it’s March, it wouldn’t be complete without the Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago European Union Film Festival. After several years of adjustment, abbreviation and cancellation due to COVID-19 concerns, the festival finally returned to normal form this year for its 26th annual edition. I managed to screen 10 of the event’s 24 offerings
Reviews of “Till,” “Tár” and “Nothing Compares,” as well as a podcast preview and film festival recap, are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Media Network
The 31st annual edition of the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival is now in the books, having featured an array of narrative, documentary and short films in theaters and online. Like the recently completed Chicago International Film Festival, the overall programming was a little less satisfying compared to past years, especially in its severe reduction of virtual offerings.