Category Archives: Review

Love and Desire, 1970s German Style

We hope to bring to you all with every newsletter a review of a classic, and not to mention awesome, film available to the FIU community through the Kanopy streaming service. This week we watched RWF’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, a remake of Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows set in a post-WW2 Germany still reeling from the recent tragedy and failure of Munich. Amidst this all, Emmi, an elderly Polish widow, and Ali, whose real name is El Hedi ben Salem Mubarak Muhammad Mustafa, but is nevertheless known by a name that has become shorthand for all Arab (namely North African) workers, strike up an unlikely relationship.

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Border: This Year’s Most Bizarre Fantasy Film

Iranian director Ali Abbasi delivers an intense tale about the treatment of outsiders and the quest for self-acceptance that moves and perplexes. Border is the director’s second feature work, who wrote the film alongside Isabella Eklof and John Ajvide Linqvist. The film’s screening at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival earned it the Un Certain Regard award and it has been selected as the Swedish entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards.

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The Hitch-Hiker: A Tense Cruise Worth Taking

Due to the history of the industry, it’s rare for a great film of classic Hollywood to be directed by a woman. Thanks to our friends at Miami Beach Cinematheque, a screening of Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker (1953) is just around the corner. As one of the few true classic noir films, The Hitch-Hiker provides a quintessential noir experience while still having a different story to tell.

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Outlaw King Reeks of Netflix

As Netflix tries to climb its way into the world of film legitimacy through theatrically-released Netflix originals, fans rush to defend the quality of the company’s works as on-par with other production companies. While Netflix has produced a handful of great shows and movies, like any new production company, they have a hefty number of unwatchable disappointments, and still have to prove themselves to go toe to toe with their larger competitors. In releasing David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King (2018), though this film is more watchable than most Netflix originals, the experience isn’t worth getting off the couch and buying a ticket at the theater.

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