Oscar Updates: Festival Season
A history of female-directed Oscar nominations
Returning to the unhinged film persona he has grown into for the last decade, Nicolas Cage stars in Prisoners of the Ghostland. Directed by Sian Sono and co-starring Sofia Boutella, Nick Cassavetes and Bill Moseley, Cage and Sono attempt a genre mashup of post-apocalyptic action with spaghetti westerns and martial arts. It all adds up to an incoherent mess of themes, indecision and missed opportunities.
Successful as both a touching family drama and a coming-of-age film, Sian Heder’s CODA provides a sentimental look at family obligations as well as personal passions with touching performances from the entire ensemble.
Filmed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, director/writer/star Natalie Morales and writer/star Mark Duplass set the bar for socially-distant filmmaking with Language Lessons. The duo stretch the concept to its breaking point but get by on their charm and easy chemistry.
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