This week at the box office we saw Wonder Woman duke it out with The Mummy, and boy, was it a fight! Just kidding. It wasn’t even a tussle. This week from our awesome members we bring you a selection of reviews of The Mummy, Wonder Woman, a movie about teen pregnancy from the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, an intimate look at sound design, and an excellent pick from the Toronto Japanese Film Festival. Enjoy!

Ulkar Alakbarova

Ulkar reviews a sweet film about Ferro and Cate, a teenage couple who find themselves with child. In a five-star review, she calls the film “charming” and notes that “Piuma was not made to cry, but to laugh… but you will be doing both at the same time.”

Read the Review: ICFF 2017 Review: “Piuma”

Alex Heeney

Editor-in-Chief of Seventh Row, Alex discusses the complex sound design of his film Graduation with director Christian Mungiu. He notes, “We don’t use music. But I want to have a very rich soundscape. I really believe that this is a very important layer, which gives spectators the feeling that this is reality, if the sound carries all the elements that are in everyday life.”

Read the Interview: Interview: Director Cristian Mungiu on the sound design of Graduation

Andrew Mack

Andrew reviews Fueled: The Man They Call Pirate at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival, a story about post-war Japan and the lives of the people who lived there. “It is not that often that we are given a film that explores the struggles of the people of Japan after the Second World War, shows us how some had to literally scrape together a living to rise from the ashes afterwards.”

Read the Review: Toronto Japanese Fest 2017 Review: FUELED: THE MAN THEY CALL PIRATE

Courtney Small

Courtney reviews Wonder Woman and — surprise! — liked it. He notes, “We do not deserve a film as entertaining as Wonder Woman, considering the hassle Jenkins went through to get it to the screen in the first place, but we are glad it is here nonetheless.”

Read the Review: Wonder Woman

Sean Kelly

Sean reviews I, Daniel Blake, which becomes a very personal piece about his own struggles with bureaucratic government systems, noting how hard this film was to watch: “It is very hard to watch Daniel Blake to be put through the ringer time and time again, with case workers talking to him with little to no empathy.”

Read the Review: Review: I, Daniel Blake

Podcasts This Week

James Green on Geek Hard: Episode 366 – Orphaned Mummies

Dan Gorman on See You Next Wednesday: Episode 272 – It Comes at Night and The Mummy

Emily Gagne on What About Meryl: Episode 27: The River Wild

Courtney Small on Changing Reels: Episode 21 – Wonder Woman

Ariel Fisher on A Frame Apart: Episode 45 – The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy

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