April Wolfe is the film critic for L.A. Weekly. Her criticism and features also appear in the Village Voice. She's also produced a feature film, written and directed a handful of shorts and worked as a story analyst.
Kevin Kerslake's Bad Reputation attempts to reveal the visionary mind underneath Joan Jett's black shag. Like most documentaries about artists, Kerslake assembles archival clips and exclusive interviews into a linear timeline. But what's...
6 days ago | Film Reviews
There’s a sense that Fogelman ... has been inspired in part by the broken narratives of Charlie Kaufman, as the first 10 minutes of this film feature a story-within-a-story meta fake-out with Jackson as himself, narrating the action of a screenpla...
There's an old habit among actors reading a new script: Search for your character's name and peruse only that part. But if there were ever a vivid example made for why a performer should read the whole thing, it would be Dan Fogelman's drippy,...
13 days ago | Film Reviews
Shot with a crew of four on 16 mm, the film is a gritty, stripped-down character piece, featuring Loden herself as Wanda and Michael Higgins as the thief, Mr. Dennis, alongside a cast of expressive and peculiar non-actors
Barbara Loden wrote her gritty 1971 character study Wanda -- the harrowing tale of a woman drifter who hooks up with a controlling crook and reluctantly learns the methods of a petty criminal -- as a kind of alternate version of her own...
27 days ago | Film Reviews
This is a story of stifling manners and oppressive codes of conduct, where the wealthy “villains” wear a strained smile and an icky sheen of privilege