2015 Reviews: Grandma

By Maisie De-Pulford

 

Elle Reid, played by the fiercely magnificent Lily Tomlin, is somewhat of an unruly academic and feminist poet. Majorly misanthropic and in mourning for her recently deceased partner Vi, Elle is struggling with life and struggling to write. When her young granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) turns up at her door one morning pregnant and in need of $630 dollars for an abortion booked for that very afternoon, Elle drops everything. Having cut up her credit cards to make a wind chime, and neither one willing to provoke the backlash of their daughter/mother Judy (Marcia Gay Harden), the only logical thing for the pair to do is jump in the car and hunt down any likely ally Elle can think of – no matter how deep into her past she must go.Paul Weitz’s Grandma is only 78 minutes long but it doesn’t waist a precious second. Fully F-Rated and Bechdel bossing, this little film packs a punch to both the heart and the head. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Grandma”

2015 Reviews: Güeros

By Charlie Harman

Tomás’s mother can’t handle him anymore. Dropping a water balloon from the top of a building onto a woman pushing her baby in a pram was the final delinquent act that made her send him to stay with his older brother, Federico, a.k.a. Sombra (Tenoch Huerta) in Mexico City. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Güeros”