“Greener Grass”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

In this absurdist black comedy satire of middle-class suburban envy, co-directors/writers Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe imagine a bizarre world where jealous neighbors push politeness to the extreme. Frank Kafka meets The Good Place meets Edward Scissorhands somewhere on the edge of the alternative universe that The Lobster was set is the best way to describe the debut black…

“Abe”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

Brazilian documentarian Fernando Grostein Andrade’s first narrative feature is an upbeat, lighthearted YA drama centered on a teen undergoing an identity crisis while curious about his family’s Middle Eastern culinary heritage. If there’s another country as geographically and culturally diverse as the United States, it’s definitely Brazil – with mixes of Africa, European, Asian and…

Sigrid: “Sucker Punch” (Album Review)

A bold, tremulous feat of a debut album, the Norwegian pop princess has crafted a light narrative that is uniquely impressive, impassioned and remarkably relatable. In the few years leading up to the release of her debut album, Norwegian singer Sigrid has built up a musical CV so polished that it’s almost suspicious. Garnering international…

“Honey Boy”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

Starring as a complex version of his own father, Shia LaBeouf shares an egoless retelling of his own childhood in a screenplay written during rehab, inviting audiences to witness the trauma that shaped him and explains his troubled past. When news hit that Shia LaBeouf had written a screenplay during his time in rehab about…

Kehlani: “While We Wait” (Album Review)

The Oakland R&B singer’s latest mixtape is a shining example of her emotional intelligence and her balmy, lucid songwriting. Kehlani has spoken bluntly about her struggles with mental health and her difficult childhood in Oakland, comparing her parents to that of Bonnie and Clyde. She never shies away from addressing her personal relationships and struggles…