Ed Rampell: This highly entertaining, insightful conversation provided an Asian take on the “Oscars So White” controversy.
Ed Rampell: Fenster’s film form is also interesting as he attempts to combine the documentary with the poetic in an effort to create what LAFF’s program guide dubs a “visual essay.”
Ed Rampell: Yatri Niehaus’s shot-on-location documentary about climate change and colonialism’s impact on Greenland features poetic, stunning cinematography.
Eric A. Gordon: This distinctly American event takes place every November, an annual expression of the fierce high school football rivalry between Theodore Roosevelt and James A. Garfield High Schools in East Los Angeles, less than five miles apart, that attracts over 25,000 enthusiasts.
Ed Rampell: Despite its Raymond Chandler-like title, The Big Sick is a Chicago-set dramedy about the inter-racial romance of a Pakistan-born wannabe standup comedian also named Kumail with the blonde Caucasoid Emily (Zoe Kazan), an all-American girl type.