Wind River: Winter On The US Rez (FILM REVIEW)

“Wind River” is one of 2017’s most powerful films – unflinchingly intense and beautiful to behold, a poignant and provocative thriller that is equal parts murder mystery, social commentary, and melancholy meditation on family, love, and loss. Written and directed… Continue Reading

FF8 – “The Fate Of The Furious” (CELLULOID SECESSIONIST)

In the 8th installment of what is surely the most implausibly preposterous and most wildly successful Hollywood franchise ever produced, the “Fast And The Furious” team (minus Paul Walker, R.I.P.) are back. For anyone who has missed the fun, I… Continue Reading

Kong: Confronting The Gorilla In The Room (CELLULOID SECESSIONIST)

It is tempting to dismiss “Kong: Skull Island” as nothing more than hairy action-adventure mind candy for the movie-going masses. All criteria are in play. Mysterious cloud-enshrouded island? Check. Giant CGI-inspired gorilla? Double check. Inevitable helicopter/monkey confrontation? Roger that. Guns,… Continue Reading

Logan: A Superhero Story For Our Time (CELLULOID SECESSIONIST)

“There’s no living with a killing. There’s no going back from one. Right or wrong, it’s a brand. A brand sticks. There’s no going back.” – Shane “Logan,” the ninth and last installment for “X Men” actor Hugh Jackman’s iconic “Wolverine”… Continue Reading

“Cognitive Dissonance’stan” – Vermont Photographer David Garten on the New Cuba

Q. In your new exhibit, David, you refer to Cuba as a country that also could be referred to as “Cognitive Dissonance’stan.” Unpack this for us – what do you mean, exactly? A.  I love to unpack. It’s so much… Continue Reading