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ANNIHILATION Film Review: Alien Paradise or Land of Confusion?

By CinemaSiren | February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

The movie Annihilation is a strange, gloriously ambiguous visual wonder. It is writer/director Alex Garland’s interpretation of Jeff VanderMeer’s Nebula-award-winning first novel in the Southern Reach Trilogy.  There are elements of the story that recall a wide variety of what has come before, from Predator, Sunshine (for which Garland was the screenwriter), Apocalypse Now, and …

Shaping Black Panther: An interview with Costume Designer Ruth Carter

By CinemaSiren | February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ruth Carter has been breaking barriers and building her reputation in the film industry for over 30 years. She is the first woman of color to be nominated for an Academy Award in best achievement in costume design, for Malcolm X, and has also been thus recognized for Amistad, She has worked with some of …

BLACK PANTHER Review: Power to the (Cat) People

By CinemaSiren | February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Black Panther is transcendent.  It is the sort of movie that saves the blockbuster and gives a ‘raison d’être’ to the superhero genre, in much the same way as Wonder Woman has done, proving that when the quote, “with great power comes great responsibility” is put into action, a story can become about much more than …

A Fantastic Woman Film Review & Interviews: This Historic Oscar Nominee is a Gorgeous Study in Grief

By CinemaSiren | February 8, 2018

It is true the Academy Awards are not the ultimate arbiter of quality and longevity of a film.  You need but look to the history of winners and losers to confirm that.  However, the Best Foreign Language Films is one category where the Oscars gets closer.  Nearly all nominees are multiple award winners with buzz …

Bilal: A New Breed of Hero Film Review-It takes a Muslim history lesson to create inclusion around here

By CinemaSiren | February 2, 2018

Opening this week in theaters around the US is 3D animated feature Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, which is based on the story of real-life hero Bilal ibn Rabah, a warrior and follower of Mohammed from around 632 AD, in the early days of Islam.  Co-directed by Ayman Jumal and Khurram H. Alavi, it …