ECLECTIC ARTS

Monday, June 20, 2022

TRIBECA FESTIVAL 2022 June 9, 2022 through June 19, 2022 (virtual through June 26, 2022) Eclectic Arts

TRIBECA FESTIVAL 2022
Tribeca At Home 2022


June 9, 2022 through June 19th, 2022 (In Person)
EXTENDED!  June 9, 2022 through July 3rd, 2022 (Virtual)

TRIBECA AT HOME - More Information Here!






The fine folks at Tribeca Festival 2022 gave me the opportunity to partake in the festival once again this year. I requested the virtual option Tribeca At Home as travelling to New York just wasn’t in the cards for me this year. I do hope to be able to cover the festival in-person at least once before I die.


As they are well known for, Tribeca Festival 2022 brought a wide range of film and other media to the masses this year. Below are my reviews without grades for a change as I wanted anyone that reads this to make up their own minds about the films without relying on a grade from me.


Thank you to everyone at Tribeca Festival 2022 for the wonderful experience. I hope to return next year.


Best,
Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts


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(in no particular order)



The Resemblance (short)

I loved everything about this film. It stands on its own as a short film but there is also enough meat on the bone to be turned into a feature film. One of the standouts of the festival for me.




38 At The Garden

A short documentary about the night NBA star Jeremy Lin dropped 38 points. The documentary does a fine job breaking down some of the Asian stereotypes by using Jeremy’s NBA story as an example. Peppered with interviews from various Asian professionals, the film reminded me of an ESPN 30 for 30 - and that’s high praise.





Head Space (shorts block)

An interesting mix of five short films here. The one that stood out to me was, “Life Rendered”. A fascinating use of technology between present day and virtual reality. The story is moving and it was really done well.




Billion Dollar Babies

A full length documentary about the Cabbage Patch doll craze from the 1980’s. This was a solid film that was very informative and entertaining. Having lived through that era, I had forgotten many facts that they brought up, including the Black Friday shopping craze that started with the demand for Cabbage Patch dolls. One of the best features length films I reviewed for the festival.




Game Change Game

A look at the NBA during the begining of the pandemic in 2020. An interesting documentary that reminded me about the “bubble” in Florida and all the other things that went on in order to have the NBA season that year.




Inheritance (short)

A short film about a nature photographer who comes to grips with his family and his own way of looking at life. This was a solid film.




The Integrity Of Joseph Chambers

Read Review Here




Jerry and Marge Go Large

This was a film that debuted on Paramount+. It felt like a throwback to the Sunday night movies you would see back in the 70’s and 80’s. A rare, for lack of a better word, “clean” film that the whole family could watch. Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening were fabulous in this story based on true events about a couple who figure out that mathematically there is a flaw in one lottery game. They legally take advantage of that flaw and that’s where the fun begins.




Land Of Gold

This feature film was a real joy to watch. Basically based around two characters, a man who is married with a child on the way, and a young girl that he finds in his semi-truck. Character driven narrative with plenty to explore and ponder. One of my favorites of the entire festival.




McEnroe

A full length documentary about the tennis legend. The first half chronicles his amazing tennis career. The second half is even more interesting as the man himself tries to come to terms with his life, his reputation, and his family. Engrossing from the beginning to the end.




Nothing Compares

The incomparable Sinead O’Connor. This documentary utilizes one stand alone modern day interview with the artist and then edits in interviews from her past to tell her story. About as misunderstood of an artist as any that’s ever walked the planet, this film is a worthwhile viewing.




Sparring Partner

Two co-workers eat lunch in a park and have a massive dialogue fest until a phone call interrupts their chemistry.  Sharply written and it felt like watching a scene from a theatre play.  




A Wounded Fawn

A midnight movie can be a ton of fun when done right (or even when done wrong). There is no limit in the genre, really. This film had an interesting premise but then it went off the rails - and not in a good way - for me. I can see how others might revere it but it didn’t resonate with me to that level.




We Might As Well Be Dead

A fascinating feature that tells the story of an apartment building that is a safe haven for its residents or so it seems. How someone could come up with this story is really remarkable as the story encompasses so many different themes all at once. A film that will make waves in the future.




Rounding

A full length feature that was story and character driven. It was an interesting viewing but it didn’t connect with me as much as I thought it would.

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