SXSW 2023 Review: “I Used to Be Funny”

“Don’t think about Euphoria.” I Used to Be Funny addresses hard issues like PTSD, child endangerment, and sexual exploitation. Rachel Sennott turns in a great performance, as Sam, an au pair who has issues with PTSD that could keep her from pursuing her dream of a career in comedy. The film is funnier than it has... Continue Reading →

‘Am I Ok?’ Sundance Review

-Allison McCulloch Married couple Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne directed Am I OK?, a film that screenwriter Lauren Pomerantz based on the relationship between her and her best friend. Lucy (Dakota Johnson) and Jane (Sonoya Mizuno) personify the best friends very well. Lucy explores her feelings toward a very charming masseuse (Kiersey Clemons) and Jane... Continue Reading →

‘Alice’ Sundance Review

-Allison McCulloch To be completely honest, I hated the beginning of Alice, which was gratuitous and disempowering. When Alice "travels" to 1973, it's the opposite. Based on writer/director Krystin Ver Linden's research, the credits specify that this film is for those who remain oppressed worldwide and for those that remained enslaved throughout the Twentieth Century.... Continue Reading →

‘Happening’ Sundance Review

-Allison McCulloch Happening is a haunting adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s memoir. It won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2021. It’s a stark look at what a girl had to do to get an abortion in France in 1963, before it became legal. Her friends scoff at the very idea going against the system, and... Continue Reading →

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