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, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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 […]
Petunia is a dark comedy about an off-beat family of New Yorkers who must come to terms with their dysfunctional behavior and misgivings about life, relationships and love. The Petunia family is made up of Charlie (Tobias Segal), Adrian and Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and their meddling psychoanalyst parents (Christine Lahti and David Rasche). Michael and […]
Director Martín Yernazian leads an all-star cast that includes Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilly (Bullets Over Broadway, Bound, Bride of Chucky), Danny Trejo (Machete, Desperado, Sons of Anarchy), Robert Rodriguez ( celebrated director of Machete, Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Machete Kills) and Electra Avellan (Planet Terror, Machete Kills) as Amelia. Spanning the course of one day, this […]
Homegoings is a great documentary about an undertaker in Harlem, New York, named Isaiah Owens. The documentary is now being aired on Public Broadcasting Service’s POV (Point of View) program via streaming. Owens says that he always knew that he had a calling to be an undertaker. Even as a young boy, he played funerals […]
In this stunning debut feature, A Little Closer plays out in the vein of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Single mom Sheryl works as a house cleaner during the day to make ends (barely) meet and at night looks for love at a dead-end community dance hall. Her younger son Stephen, played by Eric Baskerville, flirts heavily […]
The Happy Poet is an all-organic, mostly vegetarian comedy about Bill, a struggling poet who pours his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting a healthy food stand, surprising friends and customers with his dry wit and offbeat passion. Motivated by help from a rag-tag group of supporters and a budding romance with a […]