For me, as an avid film person, for a lot of years, I never thought I would have gotten to where I am today within the world of being a ‘critic.’ A few weeks back, I covered the Nashville Film Festival. It was amazing, but today and over the next week, I am tackling one of the biggest festivals of the year, AFI Fest.
So I hope you enjoy this ride along with me as I cover films that range from Short Films to Documentaries to New Auteurs to World Cinema and so much more.
A young apprentice hunter and her father journey to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night.
Robyn is just like any other kid at this age, curious about the idea of anything and everything, which makes her relatable, especially if you are a parent. She asks a million questions, gets into things she isn’t supposed to, and elaborates on the idea of and what she is.
The story is significantly cut and dry. Robyn befriends people within this tribe that turn into wolves by night and much to her family’s dismay. As the story progresses, the hunters’ battle and this little girl grow immensely, leading us to the big finale that is predictable.
Wolfwalkers is cute, vibrant, but yet predictable.
My Psychedelic Love Story
The polarizing psychedelic drug advocate Timothy Leary.
‘You can never tell how rich, rich people are.’
What intrigued me the most about this film was the fact I knew nothing about the story going into you, and early on within, I was on the edge of my seat listening to these insane stories that intertwined what transpired during this time.
Joanna said: ‘I put acid on the stamps,’ which was when I realized I wish I had lived back in this era. I am not condoning the use of drugs or anything like that. I am just stating this sounded like a wild ride that would have been amazing to through. Timothy Leary lived the life of a rockstar without the music, and I respect that.
Errol Morris does a great job of utilizing the old footage and intertwining it with the footage he shot. We often see the misuse of how this is shot, and Morris did a great job with sharing enough about the stories past and getting the raw emotions out of Joanna Harcourt-Smith.
Listening to Joanna talk about the memories, and you could hear the pain in her voice while talking about her relationship with Timothy. She had a genuine love for this man.
Sex, Drugs, and lies, My Psychedelic Love Story is a troubling and wild documentary that will make your jaw drop.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.