The Italians aren’t necessarily known for sci-fi, but their cinema has a strong history of genre films that comment on the contemporaneous society in which they made.
This month’s reviews focus on the subject of revenge. To be more specific: male revenge. To be even more specific: bloody, gruesome, and sometimes inexplicable revenge.
I have taught films from all over the world, and they always illuminate something special about the world we are observing. That same beauty is available to all of us, and I wish to share some of it with you this month.
The Indie Prof gives short reviews of most of this year’s nominees for Best Motion Picture. Two were already reviewed in the February edition—”The Power of the Dog” and “Belfast.”
Black History Month is a reminder that the achievements of African Americans span all aspects of our society—and recognition for these achievements and contributions has been an ongoing struggle for generations. Indie Prof suggests some of the movies that tell the stories of Black Americans’ lives plus two Oscar contenders.
Many times my reviews cover very dark, heavy, and/or (somewhat) disturbing films, so this column may be a welcomed respite. Well, sort of. Enjoy these two wonderful documentaries and start the new year on a high note!
As we head into December, the holidays, and a busy season for all of us, we also get some down time to get away from it all. I review two current movies (both streaming) and then give two short takes that you won’t want to miss.
“Running with My Girls,” “Subjects of Desire,” and “Come Back Anytime”
The Indie Prof reviews the film “Another Round” on Hulu and “The Alienist,” a murder-mystery crime-drama set in 1896 New York on HBO.
Featuring the release of The Indie Prof’s new book “The Science of Sci-Fi Cinema” and a review of “Judas and the Black Messiah.”