Wednesday, January 17, 2018

SUNDANCE FILM FEST 2018 - "Science Fair" and "RBG"


This charming, hilarious documentary from first-time filmmakers Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster follows nine high school students from around the world as they assemble projects and navigate their way to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Costantini & Fosters' decision to highlight a diverse group of kids accentuates the importance of the sciences for our future as global citizens. The kids are all quirky characters - not exactly the quiet, dweeby-looking nerds from your uncle's high school days. Navigating high school and hormones while stressing out about competing makes for some truly hysterical moments, like when the three boys from DuPont Manual in Louisville fly to L.A. for the big competition the day after prom. Surely you can guess the state they're in. The documentary is also well-structured and builds to a climax that is all the more satisfying because it couldn't be staged. Very entertaining and well worth your time.


This documentary produced for CNN by directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West chronicles the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The film primarily focuses on Ginsburg's unparalleled work for womens' rights but draws engaging parallels to her now somewhat punk-rock reputation as "The Notorious R.B.G." Viewers should learn a lot and come to appreciate the struggles she faced while striving for laws which promote gender equality. The first great superhero film of 2018. If you miss it at Sundance, look for it airing on CNN later this year.

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