Hump Day Update 4/25/18

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome back to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news.   To start off with some very sad news,…

“The Strangers: Prey at Night”

By Guru Ramanathan, Staff Writer   Johannes Roberts’ unnecessary horror sequel “The Strangers: Prey at Night” features Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America,” visuals straight out of a John Carpenter horror movie, and inexplicable plotting all within the opening five minutes. The film quickly establishes the type of horror flick the audience has to sit through…

“Mute” A Spiritual Sequel to “Moon”

By Guru Ramanathan, Staff Writer   Duncan Jones’ “Moon” is an underrated sci-fi film that became a cult classic due to the astounding performance from Sam Rockwell, stunning visual effects on a small budget, and a haunting score from Clint Mansell. Almost ten years later, Jones has co-written and directed “Mute,” a spiritual sequel to…

The Ephemeral Life in ‘Leaning Into the Wind’

By Joel Lee, Staff Writer “Leaning Into the Wind — Andy Goldsworthy,” directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer, gracefully follows British sculptor Goldsworthy through his various installations and sculptures of nature. Interviews with Goldsworthy and his art supplement the documentary’s philosophical and spiritual undertones. The film itself is a mesmerizing masterpiece of cinematography that captures the artist’s…

Hump Day Update 3/21/18

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome back to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news.   “American Idol” is back and telling people around…

Hump Day Update 3/7/18

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome back to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news.   There is a new trailer for “Roseanne” for…

A Portrait of Familial Grief in “Strong Island”

By Alex Cullina, Contributing Writer On a spring night in 1992 on Long Island, twenty-four-year-old William Ford was shot dead. The end of William’s life is the beginning of the story that his younger brother, director Yance Ford, tells in the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Strong Island.” Last Thursday, BAMcinématek hosted a screening of the film…

An Ode to Kraven the Hunter: Black Panther’s Next Great Villain

By Carter Glace, Staff Writer Deciding what to write about “Black Panther” proved to be more challenging than I anticipated. Not because the film isn’t good—it is an absolute wonder, possibly the best Marvel film—not because there is nothing interesting to discuss in regards to the film’s cultural significance—the exact opposite in fact—but what could…

Hump Day Update 1/31/18

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome back to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news.   P!nk performed at the Grammy’s this weekend and…

‘The Shape of Water’ is An Antidote for Troubled Times  

By Angelica Chong, Staff Writer   On the surface, “The Shape of Water” is a fantasy romance between a mute cleaning lady and an Amazonian fish-man, with classic Cold War espionage and B-horror movie touches thrown in for good measure. Elisa Esposito, played by the quietly luminous Sally Dawkins, is a quiet, unobtrusive janitor at…

Anthology Memorializes History of Polish Animation

By Jillian Harrington, Staff Writer   2017 celebrates seventy years in Polish film animation. In a collection in joint curated by the Polish Cultural Institute New York, Polish Film Institute and the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute, roughly three decades of animation are honored, inviting new generations to explore the distinctive, recognizable patterns of…

‘Fast Convoy’ is a Backhanded Thriller

By Woojung Kim, Staff Writer   Seven men drive four cars and attempt to transport 1,300 kilos of cannabis out of Malaga, Spain into Creli, a city outside Paris. But because of the illegal nature of their activities, the journey becomes difficult to complete. One of the men, Majid (Foed Amara) is shot and killed,…