CCFF: Columbus shows the promise of Kogonada

Columbus may have been Kogonada's first directorial feature film but it shows so much promise in what he's going to offer us during the years to come. Written and directed by Kogonada, Columbus stars John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Rory Culkin, Michelle Forbes, and Parker Posey. Jin (Cho) finds himself in Columbus when his father … Continue reading CCFF: Columbus shows the promise of Kogonada

CCFF: Person to Person doesn’t intersect

Person to Person is certainly a unique film that has different story lines that don't quite meet up like I had hoped for. Written and directed by Dustin Guy Defa, the New York-based movie stars Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Michaela Watkins, Philip Baker Hall, Bene Coopersmith, George Sample III, Ben Rosenfield, Olivia Luccardi, … Continue reading CCFF: Person to Person doesn’t intersect

CCFF: Dog Years walks through memory lane

Dog Years shows us what would happen when an aging celebrity in the third act of their life decides to accept an invite to your basement film festival. Written and directed by Adam Rifkin, Dog Years stars Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane, Nikki Blonsky, Juston Street, AL-Jaleel Ishaq Knox, Kathleen Nolan, and … Continue reading CCFF: Dog Years walks through memory lane

CCFF: Take Me lets Pat Healy return home

Take Me, already out on iTunes, played on the big screen in Chicago for what is likely to be the only time this past Monday night.  It's very funny. Directed by Pat Healy from a screenplay written by Mike Makowsky, the movie stars Healy, Taylor Schilling, Alycia Delmore, and Parks and Recreation favorite Jim O'Heir.  … Continue reading CCFF: Take Me lets Pat Healy return home

CCFF: The Hero shines through in Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott delivers a shining performance in The Hero as Lee Hayden. In the newest film from writer/director Brett Haley, Elliott gives one of the strongest performances I have seen so far during this year's Chicago Critics Film Festival.  We all know his voice--it's just as iconic as Morgan Freeman.  It's one of two films … Continue reading CCFF: The Hero shines through in Sam Elliott

CCFF: Lucky is a tribute to Harry Dean Stanton

The best way to sum up Lucky is that it is a tribute to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton. John Carroll Lynch makes his directorial debut with Lucky from a screenplay written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja. Stanton leads a cast that includes David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom … Continue reading CCFF: Lucky is a tribute to Harry Dean Stanton

CCFF: Band-Aid fights it up through music

Band-Aid is a funny relationship comedy where the fights are done through music.  The movie throws a new perspective on love in cinema. Actress/writer Zoe Lister-Jones makes her directorial debut with this cute indie film about a couple, Anna and Ben (Lister-Jones, Adam Pally), that keep having fights to the point in which they decide … Continue reading CCFF: Band-Aid fights it up through music