Freshman Year

Elsewhere, Alex’s roommate (Logan Miller) has his own wannabe stand-up comedian storyline that makes for a more conventional college narrative thread than Alex’s formative experience. In Retrospect. Another Gen Z rom-com… The empathy with which Raiff regards both protagonists is immediately apparent. More grounded and authentic than many of its predecessors, this is a disarmingly tender rom-com that will surely resonate with younger viewers. During a midnight hike they pause and sit cross-legged on the dirt. Overall, this wonderfully promising debut from Raiff transposes personal experience brilliantly and showcases the…

A cinematic road trip that’s not to be missed

We have a full tank of petrol and our first stop is the most westerly: Croatia. Ease yourself in with Ivanja Bosnak and Thomas Johnson’s short animation Imbued Life, about a curious young taxidermist and the strange relation she develops with her animal subjects. A cinematic road trip that’s not to be missed The Calvert Journal Film Festival offers a unique survey of work from the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. As we keep heading south, we’re afforded the rare opportunity to consume new work from Tajikistan, with Anisa…

C’mon C’mon – first-look review

The digital black-and-white photography is Mills’ other big formal choice, its effect not disagreeable despite hard-to-discern motivations. C’mon C’mon – first-look review Joaquin Phoenix and newcomer Woody Norman play uncle and nephew in Mike Mills’ tender drama about a family in flux.Kids can be safely relied on to say the darndest things, and in Mike Mills’ latest feature, indeed they do. Jesse has an odd pre-bedtime routine of pretending that he’s an orphan, talking about the contemptible conditions at his orphanage, and asking if he can’t stay the night in…