Subjects of Desire SXSW21 AWFJ.org review

By CinemaSiren | March 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Subjects of Desire SXSW21 AWFJ.org review

A feature documentary debut from Canadian writer/director Jennifer Holness, Subjects of Desire examines the history of beauty for women in the Black community both culturally and aesthetically, and what kinds of impacts that perception of beauty has had on the Black women of today’s America. Subjects of Desire is focused to some degree on the Miss Black …

See You Then SXSW21 AWFJ.org review

By CinemaSiren | March 19, 2021 | Comments Off on See You Then SXSW21 AWFJ.org review

Trans writer/director Mari Walker’s first narrative feature is a confessionalist character study called See You Then, a story that takes place largely over one evening between two people with a complicated history seeing each other for the first time in over a decade. Kris (Pooya Mohseni) and Naomi (Lynn Chen) were once in a cisgendered relationship. …

Underplayed AWFJ.org review

By CinemaSiren | March 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Underplayed AWFJ.org review

The comment “there’s just something about her I don’t like” written to Canadian DJ and producer Rezz is misogyny disguised as vague criticism. It’s something said over and over in reference to female politicians and female filmmakers, but the film Underplayed shows we can add female electronic musicians to the list of professionals similarly dissed or dismissed. …

Raya and the Last Dragon AWFJ.org review

By CinemaSiren | March 5, 2021 | Comments Off on Raya and the Last Dragon AWFJ.org review

The reliable ‘Disney Magic’ formula is in place but given an appropriate shot in the arm with the studio’s visually flamboyant, culturally expansive newest, Raya and the Last Dragon. It is a welcome return of fan favorite Kelly Marie Tran, who had largely disappeared from public view after harassment by misogynistic Star Wars fan boys. In the …