Category: Film

DOC NYC 2020 Film Review
THROUGH THE NIGHT – A Director’s Love Letter to Single Mothers and Care Providers

THROUGH THE NIGHT is a bewitching, beguiling cinéma vérité, fly-on-the-wall picture perfect film about the lives of the owners and customers of a grassroots New Rochelle, New York, 24-hour day care center. It’s lensed by a filmmaker who wants to flood pop culture “with beautifully complex portrayals of the lives of working-class women of color” and their families who stoically draw on “titanic strength, love, and selflessness” in the menacing face of racism and sexism and the inequality of American capitalism.
Review by Gregg W. Morris
Opens tomorrow, December 11, 2020 in multiple virtual cinemas.

Can You Believe It: Karen Dalton – In My Own Time (Light In The Attic) [Full Album]

Karen Dalton – In My Own Time
Released 2013-07-05 on Light In The Attic

1. 00:00:00 Karen Dalton Something on Your Mind
2. 00:03:23 Karen Dalton When a Man Loves a Woman
3. 00:06:22 Karen Dalton In My Own Dream
4. 00:10:40 Karen Dalton Katie Cruel
5. 00:13:02 Karen Dalton How Sweet It Is
6. 00:16:45 Karen Dalton In a Station
7. 00:20:37 Karen Dalton Take Me
8. 00:25:17 Karen Dalton Same Old Man
9. 00:28:02 Karen Dalton One Night of Love
10. 00:31:21 Karen Dalton Are You Leaving for the Country

The late Karen Dalton has been the muse for countless folk rock geniuses, from Bob Dylan to Devendra Banhart, from Lucinda Williams to Joanna Newsom. Legendary singer Lacy J. Dalton actually adopted her hero’s surname as her own when she started her career in country music.
© 2013 Light in the Attic
℗ 2013 Light in the Attic

THE LAST OUT Film Review

Eighty-four minutes of riveting cinematography. An edge-of-your-seat, bittersweet, smashingly lensed story about the fates of three young promising Cuban ballplayers dreaming of making it big in Major League Baseball in the States. Because of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, however, Cuban ball players like them who want to be signed to big contracts must leave their homes to try to establish residency in The Dominican Republic, Haiti or Costa Rica. This Caribbean rite of passage means players must trek the dangerous Central American migrant trail where bodies and atrocities never stop piling up.
By Gregg W. Morris

TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE (Originally ANG PAGPAKALMA SA UNOS) Film Review

Eighten-plus-minutes of exquisite black and white imagery of the gruesome and the horrific rendered beautifully in a narrative using folklore about the ungodly desolation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda AKA Super Typhoon Haiyan, a Category 5 mega-monster that started laying siege to the Philippines Visayas group of islands, the country’s central region, population 17 million people, November 26, 2013. It shook the Philippines to its roots.
This stunning film short is winning one award after another.
By Gregg W. Morris

Review in the works
TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE – Nominated for Best Short Documentary Award by the International Documentary Association

Filmmaker Joanna Vasquez Arong weaves together myths to tell how a small town in the Philippines copes with devastation and trauma in the aftermath of a typhoon. A girl’s voice divulges bits and pieces of her own memory of her grandmother and mother to tie in the experiences she felt visiting this ravaged town. Premiered at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival.

MIRROR Film Review
Stylized & Minimalistic, Undeniably Delicious & Brooding, Edged With a Touch of Cynicism

This reviewer has no idea if Director Christina Yoon ever watched a ‘Twilight Zone,’ and could care less if she did or didn’t. It is only in this reviewer’s imagination that there are irresistible similarities between MIRROR and ‘Eye of the Beholder,’ a Twilight Zone episode. If challenged, I would give Sterling’s 5 stars out of 5 for its time. And Yoon’s?  5 stars, undeniably delicious.

AFTER CLASS Film Review

A familiar ring of a single, hard working mom willing to do whatever she can muster to help her young daughter. But it’s the sumptuous way that Director Xiu tells the story with impressive acting by principal and supporting actors, imaginative cinematography, a suspenseful plot with several surprises, a film score poignantly sweet. There will come a time in this film when viewers will gasp like they’ve never gasped before because of a brilliantly done scene in a exquisitely made film with flawless cinematography. Audiences should also for a tapestry of spell-binding irony.