Francesca McCaffery

“RETURN” SHOWS US YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN: LINDA CARDELINNI GIVES A POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCE ABOUT A SOLDIER WHO JUST CAN’T SHAKE THE WAR

“RETURN” SHOWS US YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN: LINDA CARDELINNI GIVES A POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCE ABOUT A SOLDIER WHO JUST CAN’T SHAKE THE WAR

by Francesca McCaffery There has rarely been such a non-formulaic and genuinely touching portrayal of a soldier returning home as Liza Johnson’s “Return,” starring the phenomenal Linda Cardelinni (“E.R.”) and always terrific Michael Shannon, opening today in limited release. To say a movie is independent film at is finest doesn’t even translate any longer, of course, but if it still does in any vernacular, this tiny, perfectly on-point little film is exactly it. Cardelinni plays […]

Interview with Cyril Tuschi, Director of the fascinating new documentary “Khordorkovsky”

Interview with Cyril Tuschi, Director of the fascinating new documentary “Khordorkovsky”

Written by Francesca McCaffery Cyril Tuschi’s new documentary film, Khordorkovsky, tells the story of oligarch Mikhail Khordorkovsky, then the wealthiest man in Russia before his arrest by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in 2003. Tuschi has directed short films and music videos, and his feature was Slight Changes in Temperature and Mind in 2004. A former night club owner, theater worker, and philosophy student, Tuschi has  the open mind, gentle humor and rigorous intellect needed to […]

Go See “Khodorkovsky” in Theaters this weekend

Go See “Khodorkovsky” in Theaters this weekend

by Francesca Mccaffery Cyril Tuschi’s riveting new documentary “Khodorkovsky” focuses on the 2003 imprisonment of Russian oligarch, the billionaire, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who at the time of his arrest at forty-two years old was the richest man in Russia. Brought to “court” on charges clearly trumped up and false (tax embezzlement and fraud), in a case that had the world watching and the proceedings of which even had then President George Bush deem wrongful and misguided, […]

Go See the Indie Comedy “Rid of Me”

Go See the Indie Comedy “Rid of Me”

by Francesca McCaffery RID OF ME, James Westby’s latest black comedy that follows Meris, (an awesome Katy O’Grady!) an awkward young woman trying too hard to perfect her marriage, amongst a new group of friends. RID OF ME follows Meris’ rejection from the cool crowd down a path towards truth and salvation which includes a job at a local candy shop, a group of punk friends, community gardening and a newfound love for Cambodian rock music! (Yes!) […]

First Look at the Doc NYC Film Festival

First Look at the Doc NYC Film Festival

 

The Island President

The Doc NYC Film Festival is kicking off at the IFC Center on 6th Avenue on November 2nd through November 10th 2011. Vimooz’s Francesca McCaffery is covering the Festival, and here are some of the first highlights of what is proving to be a truly inspiring, not-to-be-missed line-up:

 

The Island President: If you only go see a few films at the Doc NYC Film Festival this year, Jon Shenk’s “The Island President” should be at the very top of your list. Focusing on the pint-sized President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives Islands (the country comprised of a thousand scattered islands, South of India) and his amazing quest to crush the threat of global warming- which is literally threatening the life of the Island’s inhabitants. (The Maldives are literally sinking at a stomach-lurching rate, due to the additional CO2 in the air, which is raising ocean water levels.) Learning about his twenty years as a political activist and political prisoner before he was elected- this movie is a tribute to a brilliant, illuminating spirit, and absolutely MUST be seen. (Radiohead does the soundtrack, another great reason to see it!)  {jathumbnail off}

New York Film Festival Review: The Lonliest Planet

New York Film Festival Review: The Lonliest Planet

A critical fave at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, Julia Loktev’s follow-up to her 2006 “Day Night Day Night,” “Lonliest Planet” starts hunky Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal as Alex and the fresh faced, confident Nica (Hani Furstenberg)- a couple playfully back-packing through the Caucasus mountains together in Georgia (formerly part of Russia) , led by their wary guide Dato (local, hired guide Bidzina Gujabidze.)

Young, sexy and in love, these two appear to be cozying into a very happy, hipster future together. Until the middle of their trek, when the trio is casually ambushed by two peasants. No t to give the story away, this seemingly quiet yet very impactful event stretches the limits of their relationship, as it comes apart as gently as a tissue thrown away after a good cry before our very eyes. {jathumbnail off}

New York Fim Festival Review: Melancholia

New York Fim Festival Review: Melancholia

Lars von Trier was banned from Cannes this year, after a ridiculously off-handed remark about “understanding Hitler” blew up to epic proportions.

“Melancholia,” the latest film in the bratty bad boy’s ever-expanding oeuvre, is truly epic in its own right.

The film opens with a bolt of sound that is Wagner and a truly mesmerizing and lush montage of gorgeous set pieces, which play themselves out later in the film. From there, we dive jumpily right into the wedding day of Kristin Dunst’s Justine, who is marrying an aw-shucks guy who still can’t believe his great luck (Alexander Skarsgard) and is contending with simmering guests and relatives -sharky but cordial boss Stellan Skarsgard, hilariously pissed off wedding planner Udo Kier, truly viperous mom Charlotte Rampling, exasperatingly careless and adorable dad John Hurt, had-it-up-to-here brother-in-law John played by Kiefer Sutherland, (neatly carrying the film on his back at one point,) and ready to explode, and weary, martyrish sis Claire, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg. Justine is also battling, we see as the day wares thin to evening, severe manic depression. {jathumbnail off}

It’s Good To Be Short at The 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival

Last weekend in New York Vimooz visited the Fifteenth Annual Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC, presented by BET Networks and sponsored by HBO and MoviePass. Urbanworld was founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, and is dedicated to redefining the multicultural roles in contemporary cinema. One of the spotlight films, Mario Van Peebles domestic drama “All Things Fall Apart,” which stars Fifty Cent as a rising college football star struck down by cancer (!), was a […]

The Black Power Mixtape-1967-1975- A Must-See Documentary

The Black Power Mixtape-1967-1975- A Must-See Documentary

Late ‘60s America was so multi-dimensional, so rife with various and extensive cultural and political facets, it’s difficult to get a true hold on what was really accomplished in that era, since the Civil Rights Movement of the early to mid 1960s. But a LOT surely was accomplished, just as much as so much was left bitterly undone. The “Black Power Movement” of that era, spearheaded by a young, brilliant freedom-rider named Stokley Carmichael, has […]

Vimooz Speaks With the Director & Producer of “The Interrupters”

Vimooz Speaks With the Director & Producer of “The Interrupters”

Francesca McCaffery had the great pleasure of speaking with Steve James (Director) and Alex Kotlowitz (producer), who are the creative team who put together the riveting new documentary “The Interrupters,” about gang intervention specialists working the Chicago streets with the unique non-profit, CeaseFire. CeaseFire was founded by epidermologist Gary Slutkin. Slutkin, who battled the cholera and AIDs epidemic in Africa for years, believes that the spread of violence mimics that of infectious diseases. This innovative […]

REVIEW: Vimooz Has Seen “The Future” & It’s Miranda July

REVIEW: Vimooz Has Seen “The Future” & It’s Miranda July

Miranda July follows up her lovely and deft first-time film (and 2005 Palm D’Or winner at Cannes) “Me, You and Everyone We Know” with “The Future,” opening today in limited release. The film strikingly asks these timeless questions: What happens to your soul if you fail to recognize your deepest longings? Will having a child change our lives/make me old/limit my possibilities forever? Can we live without ever having really lived at all, without truly […]

Facebook Announces FlickLaunch- the first social networking platform for Indie Films

Facebook Announces FlickLaunch- the first social networking platform for Indie Films

Reuters announced recently that horror/thriller “The Perfect House” will be the very first film to première on FlickLaunch, the first independent-movie distribution platform built on Facebook. The film, a hauntedhouse anthology that tells three separate stories using different horror-film techniques, will debut on FlickLaunch on Octover 1st as a seven-day, $5 rental accessible through its Facebook page.This news was announced on Friday by FlickLaunch and by the makers of “The Perfect House,” which stars Monique […]