Ed Rampell: The artistic conceit is to draw upon the artistic, visual conventions of the silent screen in order to express this epic fairy tale about good and evil by Mozart and librettist Emanuel Schikaneder.
Ed Rampell: The problem with this Story is that while it does tell us Nicole’s point of view, it doesn’t show us her perspective. And as all cinema school students learn in “Film 101,” in the motion picture medium showing generally trumps telling.
Ed Rampell: The cinematic style of this funny semi-autobiographical film is interesting in that Ivana plays a version of herself, as do her mother, father, grandmother and others in a mostly nonprofessional cast.
Ed Rampell: By inserting supernatural and detective story elements into her movie, with ghostly and zombie-like effects, Diop presumably makes Atlantics more accessible to non-African moviegoers.
Ed Rampell: Made for the History Channel, Kopple’s latest documentary Desert One chronicles the ill-conceived, ill-fated April 1980 U.S. military mission to attempt to rescue 50-ish hostages being held in the U.S. Embassy at Teheran.