RKS 2023 Film: “Metronom”: Sex, Cognac, Rock and Roll and Romanian Communism

Ana (Mara Bugarin), a senior high school student in 1972 Bucharest, wants to visit her buddy Roxana (Mara Vicol) and a group of friends to listen to music and chat. Mother does not want Ana to go as she has to study for university entrance exams. But being somewhat of a typical teenager Ana defiesContinue reading “RKS 2023 Film: “Metronom”: Sex, Cognac, Rock and Roll and Romanian Communism”

RKS 2023 Film: “Children of the Mist”: Weird, Amusing or Just Plain Disgusting

“Children of the Mist” is a documentary exploring the kidnapping of young girls within the Hmong ethnic group in the isolated mountainous regions of northern Vietnam where the mist often drifts in. A component of the Hmong culture is the kidnapping of underage girls for the purposes of marriage as young as thirteen years ofContinue reading “RKS 2023 Film: “Children of the Mist”: Weird, Amusing or Just Plain Disgusting”

RKS 2023 Film: “Nana’s Boys”: Intense and Suspenseful LGBTQ Relationship Film

“Nana’s Boys” is an intense and suspenseful LGBTQ “relationship film” although shouldn’t we be reluctant to so quickly label it an LGBTQ film? The film could equally be applicable to a heterosexual relationship. Amari (David J. Cork) and Q (Jared Wayne Gladly) are two black men living together in New York City or perhaps Brooklyn.Continue reading “RKS 2023 Film: “Nana’s Boys”: Intense and Suspenseful LGBTQ Relationship Film”

RKS Film 2023: Slamdance Presents “The Underbug”

Your first question may be what is “Slamdance”. It sounds like a play on “Sundance” doesn’t it? Slamdance is a community, a year-round experience, and a statement in which everyone is invited to take part. The first Slamdance Film Festival was held in 1995 by a wild bunch of filmmakers who were tired of relyingContinue reading “RKS Film 2023: Slamdance Presents “The Underbug””

RKS 2023 Film: “Starring Jerry as Himself”: Hook Line and Sinker

How long will it take you to realize the bigger the lie the bigger the fish. And so goes the sad story of Jerry told through lighthearted re-enactment and through the thoughts of his ex-wife and children. The conclusion of the film is less than lighthearted. I have been in the middle of several high-levelContinue reading “RKS 2023 Film: “Starring Jerry as Himself”: Hook Line and Sinker”

RKS 2023 Film: “Silent Love”: LGBTQ Stressful Living

“Silent Love” will be showing at the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival in Utah on 21/25January. The film has a LGBTQ thread running through it but it is not solely LGBTQ themed. In this Polish film 35-year-old Aga rushes from Frankfurt back to Warzaw to visit her mother on her death bed. Her mother, a widow,Continue reading “RKS 2023 Film: “Silent Love”: LGBTQ Stressful Living”

RKS 2023 Film: “Godland”: Stark and Lush Characters and Cinematography

“Godland” is a Danish/Icelandic film replete with both stark and lush characters and topography. The cinematography and the soundtrack capture the stark yet lush landscape of Iceland. The characters too are both stark and rich and as a former casting agent I would venture to say absolute impeccable casting in “Godland”. There are certain historicalContinue reading “RKS 2023 Film: “Godland”: Stark and Lush Characters and Cinematography”

RKS 2023 Film: “Pro Pool” (Piscine Pro): Revenge on an Unpleasant Reality

Charles-Olivier is a newly minted graduated with a most relevant Bachelor of Arts in Civilization and Viking History. In his first post graduate job he finds a job as a salesclerk at a suburban pool shop. Be prepared to watch reality meeting miseducation in this short film from Quebec which made the selection for theContinue reading “RKS 2023 Film: “Pro Pool” (Piscine Pro): Revenge on an Unpleasant Reality”

RKS 2023 Film: “She Is…”: Another Painful Journey Along the Child Sexual Abuse Road

Unfortunately, documentaries dealing with personal stories of child sexual abuse are not uncommon. Previously to viewing “She Is..” I have reviewed the Canadian film “Because We Are Girls” and the American film “Relative” and all three films point a finger of the abuser as friends of the family or family members. Years ago we wereContinue reading “RKS 2023 Film: “She Is…”: Another Painful Journey Along the Child Sexual Abuse Road”

RKS 2023 Film: “Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age” (Je vous salue salope, Backlash): Revulsion, Disgust and Frustration

When you watch “Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age” unless you are a Proud Boy or a January 6th insurrectionist you might be thoroughly disgusted. Women and men from the United States, Canada, France and Italy tell their story of on-line harassment of themselves or their loved ones by woman hating rednecks. It is notContinue reading “RKS 2023 Film: “Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age” (Je vous salue salope, Backlash): Revulsion, Disgust and Frustration”