Ed Rampell: Wagenstein championed the “socialism with a human face” trend during the period of Alexander Dubček, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, and then “Glasnost” (“openness”) and “Perestroika” when Mikhail Gorbachev rose to leadership in Moscow.
Ed Rampell: Who is Arthur Chu? works as a cultural case study of Asians living and growing up abroad in a country where they are members of a distinct minority group.
Ed Rampell: Wexford has a vibe similar to Kevin Smith’s 1994 low budge cult classic Clerks, about menial workers in low status jobs living dead end lives in ’burby New Jersey, in that Wexford’s titular mall located in suburban Toronto is where key characters “work” as slacker security guards.
Ed Rampell: Thai writer/director Anocha Suwichakornpong’s By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao Khanong) is an artsy rumination on post traumatic stress disorder, filmmaking, the role of writers, past and present day Thailand and Buddha knows what else.
Ed Rampell: Kiss raises numerous questions, of course, about the ongoing debacle unfolding in Damascus, as well as fidelity, monogamy and more.