At its best, Blaze feels like a cinematic translation of not just Blaze Foley’s life but his music, anchored by two incredibly likable, lived-in performances.
Monica Castillo is a freelance writer and University of Southern California Annenberg graduate film critic fellow. Although she originally went to Boston University for biochemistry and molecular biology before landing in the sociology department, she went on to review films for The Boston Phoenix, WBUR, Dig Boston, The Boston Globe, and co-hosted the podcast “Cinema Fix.” After a stint as an Entertainment Reporter for International Business Times, she’s back to freelancing for RogerEbert.com, NPR, Village Voice, Tribeca Film, Paste Magazine, Remezcla, among others. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Women Film Critics Circle, and served as a co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. Monica has traveled to a few film festivals, met a couple of living legends, and has some great stories about hitchhiking to red carpet premieres. She can usually be found online talking about the film she just watched.
An interview with co-writer/director Desiree Akhavan, about her new film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
An interview with Sara Colangelo, the director of "The Kindergarten Teacher."
Monica Castillo picks one of her favorite reviews by Roger Ebert, a little movie called "Star Wars."
Monica Castillo responds to our Movie Love Questionnaire.
A report from the Miami International Film Festival on Argentina, Touch the Light, The Meddler and Maggie's Plan.
Rebecca Miller, Dawn Porter, Vera Egito, Lorene Scafaria and Debra Zimmerman speak at MIFF about institutional sexism and racism.
A report on the blossoming Miami International Film Festival and its opening night film Mi Gran Noche.
A review of Anne Fontaine's Agnus Dei from Sundance.
An interview with director Amy Seimetz about "The Girlfriend Experience."
A review of four films from Sundance 2016 from different corners of the world.