All posts by Connor Lightbody

Stay Awake

STAY AWAKE’s interest in a microcosm of the US opioid crisis rather than the grand picture limits the film’s scope, and its emotional strength is limited by an insistence on diverting attention away from the addict.


Adapting from her own play, Tina Satter takes on a Herculean task with REALITY: transforming a stage production into a compelling film, all while continuing to keep the same true information and dialogue of an FBI interrogation transcript.

The Blue Caftan

THE BLUE CAFTAN is a film that rewards patience, and Maryam Touzani’s decision to keep the camera lingering on her stars’ bright, pained eyes in intimate moments enhances the emotional connection behind them.