51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #8: “The Assassin” (Taiwan/China)

“The Assassin” (Taiwan/China) Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien Listen, I love me some Chinese Dynastic cinema parables. I really do. I love the way they flow…the beauty of the countryside…the absolute conviction with which the actors surrender to their character…and, obviously, … Continue reading 51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #8: “The Assassin” (Taiwan/China)

51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #7: “The Ardennes” (Belgium)

“The Ardennes” (Belgium) Directed by Robin Pront Produced by the same group that created 2012 Best Foreign Film nominee, “Bullhead” (which I felt should have won the award), “Ardennes” is a dark and engrossing thriller revolving around two brothers – … Continue reading 51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #7: “The Ardennes” (Belgium)

51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #6: “My Golden Days” (France)

“My Golden Days” (France) Directed by Arnaud Desplachins What a delightful experience “My Golden Days” is. It is utterly disjointed in structure (although less so when you find out the French title of the film actually translates to “Three Memories … Continue reading 51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #6: “My Golden Days” (France)

51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #5: “Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice” (Netherlands)

“Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice” (Netherlands) Directed by Daan Veldhuizen This gorgeous documentary attempts to answer the age old question of what happens when an untouched-for-centuries Laotian village is suddenly besieged by backpackers, culture seekers and Lonely … Continue reading 51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #5: “Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice” (Netherlands)

51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #4: “Why Me?” (Romania)

“Why Me?” (Romania) Directed by Tudor Giurgiu I’ve had a good run at the Film Fest with Eastern European parables about political or social corruption. In fact, I’ve never been let down by a single such film…most notably, last year’s … Continue reading 51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #4: “Why Me?” (Romania)

51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #3: “Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows” (U.S.)

“Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows” (U.S.) Directed by Robert Hatch-Miller Before you say “why would I want to see a documentary about some R’n’B singer I’ve never heard of,” let me assure you that you’ve actually HEARD him, … Continue reading 51st Chicago International Film Festival Screening #3: “Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows” (U.S.)