Author Archive: Caress Thirus

Caress is a grad student from Chicago who has a deep fascination with film. Her love for movies began as an undergraduate at Roosevelt University, where her teacher suggested she write a movie review. Caress' favorite genres include indie dramas, foreign films, experimental films, and psychological thrillers. When she's not watching movies, Caress enjoys writing, photography, travel, fashion and music.

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Twice Born

Twice Born

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Life. It is a journey filled with beauty and pain that is easy to romanticize through distant memories. Gemma, an Italian professor, returns to Sarajevo at the invitation of her old friend Gojco. It was the town where she met her child’s father, Diego, an American photographer. The journey turns out to be more than […]

Pulling Strings

Pulling Strings

| February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Alejandro (Jaime Camil) is a mariachi performer and (since the death of his wife) has become a stay-at-home dad. His unconventional lifestyle and career poses problems when trying to obtain a visa for his daughter, Maria, who has recently been distracted and gotten into trouble at school. The two have a strong relationship; Maria can […]

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For Real

For Real

| January 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Shruti doesn’t know much about aliens, but she is certain that the woman claiming to be her mom has been replaced by one. It all began when her elder brother, Paras, gave her one of his alien toys while the children were waiting for their mother to return to the train station.  He claimed that […]

All That I Am

All That I Am

| December 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Being a family does not guarantee a close relationship, and holidays and celebrations don’t always mean there will be reconciliation and joy; in fact, depending on how dysfunctional the family is, a gathering can bring about just the opposite. But pain is a necessary part of the growing process, and though the healing might not […]

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Qwerty

Qwerty

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Qwerty follows the individual and collective adventures of a quirky Chicago couple, Zoe and Marty. Viewers are immediately entranced by the just-silly-enough vibe that is balanced out by some of the deeper hurts that come to the surface as the story unfolds. The oddball love story is endearing with an unusual sense of humor, but […]

The Motel Life

The Motel Life

| November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

“No matter what, I want you two to stay together.” It was a dying mother’s wish. The Flanagan brothers lost their mother to cancer when they were just teens, and were forced to grow up fast and live a life on the run. Not wanting to risk separation, they ran away to Reno and grew […]

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Broken

Broken

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

The oddest childhoods make for the grandest stories, and Skunk has plenty to tell as she grows up in a small English cul-de-sac full of magnificent characters. Armed with a nice soundtrack and some really stunning but simple shots, Broken follows Skunk (Eloise Lawrence) through her pre-teen years, as she comes to understand the not-so-innocent […]

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

| September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor is a movie with a clever and original plot; unfortunately, that is the only thing clever or original about it. The execution of the film is very poor, and disappointing for a film that had such potential. Adan Kundle was a hotshot ad executive in the 90s who […]

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Things Never Said

Things Never Said

| August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

So much can be said with silence. Too many words can say so little. And a few words carefully placed can say a lot. Things Never Said is a film about much more than poetry, but it has poetry at its base. The film almost feels like a poem itself.  For Kalindra Stepney, the main […]

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As Luck Would Have It

As Luck Would Have It

| June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dark comedies have long been a part of the cinematic cesspool. They are hard to accomplish successfully and appeal to a limited crowd. No other genre so boldly confronts the desensitization of society to the point where life-and-death situations occur while hilarity is simultaneously ensuing. The drastic differences between the humorous viewpoints and the not-so-humorous […]

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