Month: September 2017

Young Jedi Knights

Ten Minutes with Author Rebecca Moesta

At Dragon Con this year, I caught up with YA author (and personal fave) Rebecca Moesta, best known for her collaborative novels with her husband Kevin J. Anderson. Together they also own publishing house WordFire Press, which prints their older work, out of print work from classic genre authors such as Frank Herbert, and more….

Jailbreak is a Gorgeously Shot Ode to Cambodia’s Martial Art

Jailbreak Jimmy Henderson (director), Godefroy Ryckewaert (cinematographer), Amit Dubey, Jimmy Henderson (editors) Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our, Tharoth Sam, Céline Tran, Savin Phillip, Dara Phang (cast) September 23, 2017 (Fantastic Fest), October 6, 2017 (London Film Festival) Jailbreak is an ambitious, kinetic, and wildly enjoyable action film hailing from Cambodia, a country whose film industry is…

Good Manners Is a Romance Film Seeped in Magical Realism

Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas (directors), Rui Poças (cinematography), Caetano Gotardo (editor) Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Cida Moreira, Miguel Lobo (cast) Released September 24, 2017 (Fantastic Fest), October 11, 2017 (BFI London Film Festival) “Lady, beware, quicken your pace…all kinds of creatures hide in the night,” a woman sings as the…

Backlight: Emmys and Fantastic Fest

This week we saw a range of diverse creators receive the recognition they deserve. We also saw further repercussions around Tim League quietly employing Devin Faraci; the whole ordeal has been revealing and frustrating, and serves as a reminder that this industry still has a long way to go before it’s fully inclusive and safe…

The Villainess Delivers Bloody Action and an Overstuffed Plot

The Villainess (Aknyeo) Byung-gil Jung (director), Jung-hun Park (cinematographer), Sun-mi Heo (editor) Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung, Seo-hyeong Kim (cast) Released September 8, 2017 (USA), September 12, 2017 (Vancouver) Lethal women given a second lease on life figure prominently in the action thriller genre. Sometimes the women play major supporting roles in these films. Other times, as…