Marvelous and the Black Hole – Sundance 2021 Review

by Jordan King Marvelous and the Black Hole, written and directed by Kate Tsang, is a lovely curtain closer on my time with the Sundance Film Festival this year and the sort of film that feels perfectly pitched for family film nights the world over when it becomes widely available. Sammy (Miya Cech) is thirteen years old. Having lost her mother a few years ago, … Continue reading Marvelous and the Black Hole – Sundance 2021 Review

Land – Sundance 2021 Review

by Jordan King In our present captive state of lockdowns and curfews, the urge to get away and escape is never far from our minds. In the year since the COVID-19 outbreak began, many of us have sought comfort and solace in both the news of the natural world showing signs of self-restoration in our absence, and in the hope that soon we may find … Continue reading Land – Sundance 2021 Review

Cusp – Sundance 2021 Review

TW: Discussion of Sexual Assault, Abuse, Rape Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt’s Cusp is a difficult film to talk about. This is mostly because it’s a difficult film to watch in truth. Chronicling a summer in the lives of three Texan teenage girls on the precipice of adulthood, Autumn, Brittney, and Aaloni, the Hill and Parker’s vérité style documentary follows the girls as they navigate … Continue reading Cusp – Sundance 2021 Review

Wild Indian – Sundance 2021 Review

By Jordan King In his feature directorial debut Wild Indian, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. reimagines the Biblical tale of Cain and Abel as a contemporary tale of two Ojibwean men whose lives are overshadowed and overrun by an act of extreme violence committed in their youth. We first meet Makwa (Phoenix Wilson) and Ted’o (Julian Gopal) as two … Continue reading Wild Indian – Sundance 2021 Review

Prisoners of the Ghostland – Sundance 2021 Review

by Jordan King Shortly before director Sion Sono was due to begin the shoot for Prisoners of the Ghostland in Mexico, the Japanese director and self-proclaimed ‘poet who films [his] poetry’ had a heart attack, spending a full minute technically dead. After being brought back from the great beyond, for obvious medical reasons filming couldn’t take place in Mexico, and so Prisoners of the Ghostland, … Continue reading Prisoners of the Ghostland – Sundance 2021 Review

Censor – Sundance 2021 Review

by Jordan King The advent of home video in the early 1980s heralded in a glorious new age for film-lovers the world over. After years of having to hope for cinema re-releases or heavily edited TV re-runs to roll around, viewers could pick their poison, pop it in the VHS player, and lose themselves in their latest obsession. As is the way with all great … Continue reading Censor – Sundance 2021 Review