Category: Film Reviews

NYAFF
SAMURAI MARATHON Film Review

Based on a real event in the late 1880s, a competition that that persists today, SAMURAI MARATHON, starring Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu and Mirai Moriyama, and directed by Bernard Rose, should rock the cinematic richter scales when it is released. It was the opening night film for the 2019 NYAFF.

WORKING WOMAN Film Review – Part II

Orna, played by Liron Ben Shlush, is the reason her boss, Bennie, played by Menashe Noy) is financially successful in a new venture. But he subjects her to sexual harassment, sexual violence. Her husband needs her earnings to help him keep his new restaurant open. She is the principal caretaker for their children. She’s done so much for others but, yet, she is alone. Can she pull herself together to take back control of her life?

WORKING WOMAN Film Review – Part I

WORKING WOMAN is publicized as a movie about the sexual harassment of a working Israeli wife, Orna, played superbly by Liron Ben-Shlush. It is directed by Michal Aviad whose film pushed this reviewer’s buttons – pushed them like few in recent memory. And the ending threw this reviewer, who had been gradually and inexorably pushed to the edge of his seat as if in the grip of an irresistible force, for an astonishing loop.

WOMAN AT WAR Film Review
(Kona fer í stríð)

One-hour, 41 minutes of sumptuous, sensual cinematography of Icelandic landscapes – plus waves of an irresistible minimalistic film score from a three-man ensemble and a female chorus of three Ukrainian singers showing up at moments like Greek Choruses – await audiences in this film by Director Benedikt Erlingsson about an environmental gladiator who uses a bow and arrow to take out the high tension electrical towers of an aluminum corporation threatening to defoil her local community.

INVISIBLE HANDS Film Review

The great Elie Wiesel has been quoted as saying, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustices, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” This film, according to Tandon in a press release, is her “protest against the perpetrators who exploit the most innocent, vulnerable and voiceless members of society – our children.”