Author Archive: Elaine Hegwood Bowen
Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, Psalm One!
Ill Manors is a unique and explosive crime thriller that follows six people over the course of seven days as they fight to make a name for themselves on the unforgiving streets of London. The characters struggle to survive the circles of violence that engulf each of them: ex-dealer Kirby, who has just been released […]
The third season of Treme ends with many questions that make for an interesting fourth and final season. I love this HBO series that is centered in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. All the main players during the third season seem to be right in reach of their dreams, turning new leaves and with eyes bright […]
In Frank Harper’s Berlin Job, there are so many players that it takes a good while just to introduce them all. The film follows two infamous London gangsters, cousins Mickey Mannock and Ray Collishaw. They start out at the top of the food chain, but their world is slowly turned upside down. The two are […]
Inspired by real chefs, this funny and heartwarming dramedy set in the exciting San Francisco culinary scene follows Sal Sartini, a workaholic chef intent on making his new restaurant a critical and commercial success. As Sal navigates his family and work life, his estranged son Vince returns for a visit and reluctantly agrees to help […]
A new documentary from FilmBuff The Rep follows the lives of three film geeks, Alex Woodside, Charlie Lawton and Nigel Agnew, as they struggle to open and operate a single-screen repertory cinema in Toronto called the Toronto Underground Cinema. The dedicated friends face an uphill battle to see their theater succeed in the face of […]
Sunset Stories is a uniquely charming romantic-road-comedy-adventure tale about losing baggage. May, a high-strung nurse, is sent to Los Angeles to retrieve bone marrow for a transplant, but soon after arriving, her world is turned upside down when she runs into former flame, J.P. Upset and unnerved because of this surprise encounter, a distracted May loses […]