Movie sound explained in Making Waves

B+ Documentary Directed by Midge Costin George Lucas argues that "Sound is 50 percent of the movie experience." In Midge Costin's entertaining documentary, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound, audio geniuses like Walter Murch, Ben Burtt, and Gary Rydstrom show us how that 50 percent is created. Directors like Steven Spielberg and David Lynch … Continue reading Movie sound explained in Making Waves

The frozen north is beautiful but cruel in Ága

A- Wilderness drama Written by Milko Lazarov & Simeon Ventsislavov Directed by Milko Lazarov Life moves slowly in remote, far-north latitudes. People do difficult and dangerous chores by hand. Things don't change much. And yet, Milko Lazarov's new film, Ága, is never boring. This simple story of an aging Innuit couple has a lot to … Continue reading The frozen north is beautiful but cruel in Ága

Marriage Story is all about the divorce

A- Comedic drama Written & directed by Noah Baumbach This sad, heartwarming, and yet deeply funny film should be called Divorce Story. You know from the start that the marriage is over. If you've ever gone through a divorce, especially if there are children involved, you'll recognize the events and the emotions. In fact, you'll … Continue reading Marriage Story is all about the divorce

The Cave will shake you to the core

A documentaryDirected by Feras Fayyad This fly-on-the-wall documentary about the Syrian war left me shaken and disturbed. That's appropriate. You shouldn't be able to watch screaming, terrified children and exhausted and hopeless adults, while death and destruction rains down overhead, and not be moved. The fact that it's real makes it all more terrifying. If … Continue reading The Cave will shake you to the core