“AVIVA” Extremely Stunning Storytelling

By Liisa Cohen AVIVA, written and directed by the incredibly gifted Boaz Yakin, is an intensely sensual, borderline erotic, love story told through the lens of gender fluid dance, romance and unapologetic physical interactions. It is very gender fluid. The character Aviva is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with a New Yorker…

A Year In The Life Of Jack And Yaya

By Joanna Panayi Jack & Yaya captures a year in the life of childhood best friends who grew up defying gender norms to transitioning in their twenties. Jack and Yaya grew up together as next-door neighbors in a rural area, supporting each other when they realized they were both transgender. This film highlights their friendship through…

Pot Luck film A Fresh, Versatile Perspective On The Cannabis Industry

By Joanna Panayi From Emmy-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Jane Wells, Pot Luck, is a 3 Generations production narrated by Robin Quivers. This documentary takes us on an enlightening adventure across the Colorado state, exploring the normality of the legalization of cannabis. Pot luck is an insightful analysis of the legalization of cannabis’s direct, cultural, and…

She shoots, she SCORES! Dana Nachman’s Masterful Slamdance Documentary, Bat Kid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World

By: Vernon Nickerson Or, as that legendary South American soccer commentator shouts, GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!  In “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World”, Emmy Award-winning writer/director Dana Nachman has powerfully brought the story of one boy’s Make-A-Wish fulfillment to the big screen.  Miles Scott ( AKA “Batkid” ), a young leukemia survivor who wished to be…

Deep in the Midst of Winter- A review of “Bob And The Trees”, a 2015 Sundance Film Festival NEXT Selection Feature Film

By: Vernon Nickerson Whether you are a snow lover or just missing the surreal peace and quiet of freshly fallen snow, you will feel right at home with Bob and his family in writer/Director Diego Ongaro’s drama, Bob and The Trees. Bob is a sustainable-forester/logger/farmer/husband/father at odds with his inevitable transition into the world of…

Water And Power Review: A Tale Of Brotherly Love

  By Vernon Nickerson Guns, Gangs, Politicians…and Brotherly Love in LA With the City of Angels as it’s backdrop this is a wonderful mystical tale of love, devotion, heroes,villains and the rise and fall from grace. The story is told with such a minimalist style that makes it is in itself a work of art. Monteque…

“Big Eyes” Review : Connecting The Dots…The Amazing True Story Of The Evolution Of Artist Margaret Keane

By Vernon Nickerson Tim Burton’s (DARK SHADOWS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND) latest directorial tour de force, “Big Eyes”, is the true story of renowned painter Margaret Keane and her “wanna-be-artist” second husband Walter Keane, who claimed full credit for her work for over a decade. Four-time Academy Award-nominee Amy Adams turns in a flawless performance as…

2014 AFI Film Festival Wrap Up

 By Monteque Pope-Le Beau and Austin Winter-Chase As The Art Of Monteque says goodbye to the 2014 AFI Film Festival, we would like to touch on a few festival highlights. Yes, there were a few hiccups, misunderstandings, a few people getting a bit too rowdy, and the long lines to see the films were way too…

Film Review: “Black or White”

By Monteque Pope Le Beau   Loss plays a large and difficult role in “Black Or White” causing the worlds of two families to be turned upside-down. “Black Or White” is the story of Elliot Anderson a grandfather (Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter Eloise (Jillian…