Author Archive: Sanela Djokovic

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Venice meets Tribeca: TFF Interview with Chris Messina and the Cast of Alex of Venice

Venice meets Tribeca: TFF Interview with Chris Messina and the Cast of Alex of Venice

| April 25, 2014

For his directorial debut Chris Messina, Hollywood’s current Renaissance man and star of The Mindy Project, wanted to explore the veracity of a family seemingly falling apart through a character-driven film set in Venice Beach, California. Alex of Venice made its premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival earlier this week and the team came out […]

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In the Name Of

In the Name Of

| April 13, 2014

Boiling unrest is where In the Name Of, lives on the spectrum of tonality, the strife bubbling and bubbling until it spills and makes a mess. Coming from Poland, and reflective of a still fragmented, prejudiced and polarized society, the film is heavy and insightful—You can almost feel the weight of burden the characters are […]

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Touchy Feely

Touchy Feely

| December 15, 2013

Writer and director Lynn Shelton gave us a gem last year with the funny, smart and touching Your Sister’s Sister. Her latest effort, Touchy Feely, has that familiar Lynn Shelton touch and tonality, and like her previous film it stars Rosemarie DeWitt. However this movie about connection and lack thereof is underwhelming. Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt; […]

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Homefront

Homefront

| November 27, 2013

“Whatever you’re thinking, re-think it,” is the kind of derivative action hero one-liner that Sylvester Stallone cranks out so easily and Jason Statham delivers so assuredly in several movies, not excluding Homefront. The latest Stallone-penned action-drama stars this generation’s heir to genre’s throne—Jason Statham, and includes an impressive supporting cast, as well as a solid […]

Women Without Men

Women Without Men

| November 19, 2013

Telling the story of four very different women living in the tumult of 1953 Tehran, Women without Men, is a visually exquisite and poetic exploration of gender issues that are still prevalent today in Iran, as well as many parts of the world.  Adapted from Shahrnush Parsipur’s novel of the same title, and directed by […]

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Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey

| November 12, 2013

Just in time for Thanksgiving, writer/director Will Slocombe is serving an unhealthy helping of family dysfunction in the form of Cold Turkey. Rife with the tired clichés that typically afflict family dramedies and pandemic with unlikable characters, the film is as burdening as the fictional clan it depicts. Poppy (Peter Bogdanovich, The Last Picture Show), […]

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As Cool As I Am

As Cool As I Am

| October 26, 2013

Ah, the coming-of-age story. The genre can lend itself to very honest, humorous and heartwarming storytelling. Remember Angela Chase? Remember how her brain was constantly spewing reflections of angst-filled confusion and over analytical wonderment? And, remember how familiar and real it felt? Remember Juno MacGuff? Recall how she was way too smart and funny and […]

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Springsteen & I

Springsteen & I

| July 22, 2013

An artist unparalleled in many ways Bruce Springsteen has built his colossal career and his faithful following by lending a voice to the voiceless and the disenfranchised. In a world where everyone wants to be seen as a King or a Queen…or a Boss, he has never stopped making music about the working class, the […]

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Coffee Town

Coffee Town

| July 22, 2013

Breaking ground as the first full-length feature film produced and distributed by CollegeHumor, the chief producer of digital comedic content for over a decade, Coffee Town poses a very relevant and serious question for today’s young/not-so-young 30-somethings: What would you do if your makeshift office at a Starbucks-esque kind of joint was being threatened by corporate heads […]

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Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

| July 15, 2013

It has been a while since a film as raw and relevant as Fruitvale Station has come along. Its timely release came during a weekend in which heightened feelings swept the nation, a weekend of fierce contemplation and examination, of strong rhetoric and of sadness, loss and grief. So, naturally the resonance of this film […]

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