Review: ‘Palace’

By Michael Smith When I try to place Palace into a genre, drama is one of the first to mind, but this does not fully encapsulate this film. Rather, this film is best categorized within a type more associated with anime. I’m talking about the “slice of life” genre. “Slice of life” refers to a storytelling structure that presents a seemingly arbitrary sample of a character’s life. … Continue reading Review: ‘Palace’

Review: ‘Miss Arizona’

By Michael Smith This year at the Heartland Film Festival, everything I saw fulfilled the festival’s mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. However, no film that I saw was as relevant to the current climate as Miss Arizona. Miss Arizona follows Rose Raynes, former Miss Arizona, now a housewife who has a troubled marriage to a successful Hollywood agent and … Continue reading Review: ‘Miss Arizona’

Review: ‘Bojack Horseman’ Season 5

By Nate Richard When Bojack Horseman premiered on Netflix in August, 2014, the reviews were polarizing, and for good reason. The first several episodes of the animated dramedy felt like some throwaway cartoon you’d find on Adult Swim (Rick & Morty aside). However, as the first season went on, the series began to morph into something deeper than what it had initially seemed. As each … Continue reading Review: ‘Bojack Horseman’ Season 5