The Student teaches us about religious fascism

A Drama Written and directed by Kirill Serebrennikov One determined student can manipulate his schoolmates, teachers, and the administration, disrupting an entire high school. All he needs is a fanatical belief and the will to do anything to achieve his goals. Kirill Serebrennikov's powerful drama, The Student, shows exactly how it can be done. It's … Continue reading The Student teaches us about religious fascism

The Salesman: Arthur Miller & Sexual Assault in Iran

A Drama Written & directed by Asghar Farhadi An intruder assaults a woman in her own bathtub. As she slowly recovers physically and tries to recover emotionally, her husband's obsession with finding and punishing the perpetrator only makes things worse. In The Salesman, all points of view, and all emotional reactions, are understandable and believable--even when … Continue reading The Salesman: Arthur Miller & Sexual Assault in Iran

Fences and the Theatrical Adaptation Question

Screenwriters must rethink novels entirely to turn them into movies, because cinema and prose fiction are entirely different beasts. But a stage play, like a movie, consists of dialog and action, requires actors, and must fit into an evening's entertainment. Screenwriters need only find excuses to "open up" the play to more locations. And yet, … Continue reading Fences and the Theatrical Adaptation Question

Julieta: A sad yet sexy tale of love and loss

A drama Written by Pedro Almodovar; adapted from three stories by Alice Munro Directed by Pedro Almodovar The opening credits appear over what looks like deep-red curtains. We know we're in for a lush, romantic story with high emotions. When we meet the middle-aged Julieta (Emma Suárez), she seems to have everything she could want: a … Continue reading Julieta: A sad yet sexy tale of love and loss

Hidden Figures: Prepare to Cheer

B+ Historical drama Written by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi From a non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly Directed by Theodore Melfi When you think about the people who put the first Americans into space, you probably imagine a bunch of white men. You might occasionally remember an astronaut's wife, but her job was limited … Continue reading Hidden Figures: Prepare to Cheer