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GET OUT, BLADE RUNNER 2049, and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI win big in the 2017 WAFCA Awards

By CinemaSiren | December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

This year’s WAFCA Award winners were announced today.  When I opened my super-secret email letting the critics who are part of the Washington Area Film Critics Association know about the winners, I was pretty stunned.  I voted for Get Out as Best Film, but I didn’t imagine many of my colleagues would.  For me, the …

CREATING COCO: An interview with Pixar’s Jason Katz, Story Supervisor

By CinemaSiren | November 24, 2017

The new Pixar film Coco speaks about ancestral ties, remembrance, and celebration. It is a story that follows young musician Miguel on his journey into the Land of the Dead to solve a family mystery, embrace his passion for music, and create his own destiny. I interviewed Story Supervisor Jason Katz, who has had a hand in …

The real-life Heroines of the New Netflix Short Documentary Heroin(e)

By CinemaSiren | November 20, 2017

Sometimes it just takes seeing people actively making a difference, approaching what they do with a balance of realism and tenaciously optimism, to remind us we really can change the world, even if it’s in some small way.  The women of the documentary short Heroin(e) are saving lives and helping people change their circumstances every …

JUSTICE LEAGUE: An Entertaining Mess

By CinemaSiren | November 17, 2017

If you’ve been watching films of the DC Comics Universe directed by Zack Snyder, and you like them, you know what to expect with Justice League.  There are lots of explosions, protracted fight scenes, and dour superheroes.  Sometimes those of us who are fans wish for a little more levity. For better or worse, Joss Whedon …

Greta Gerwig Talks Lady Bird, the Great New Coming-of-Age Film: Film Review and Interview

By CinemaSiren | November 16, 2017

If I were making a movie with two women playing mother and daughter, Oscar nominated Saoirse Ronan of Atonement, and Brooklyn,  and Emmy and Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf of Toy Story, Roseanne, the Steppenwolf Theater and at least 14 Broadway and off-Broadway plays, would be on my dream list.  Apparently Greta Gerwig agrees. Before …