Capital punishment hurts everybody in Clemency

A Drama Written & directed by Chinonye Chukwu How do you comfort the mother of a man about to be executed - especially when your job is to oversee the execution? The answer, inevitably, is "not well." The experience gets worse when the execution, by lethal injection, gets thoroughly botched and the condemned man suffers … Continue reading Capital punishment hurts everybody in Clemency

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