The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 17

The last month was a busy one for the MNFCA as reviews came in for both holiday films and drama movies.

With the latter, some of the films being reviewed are Oscar hopefuls. However, considering how 2020 is going, who knows how award season will be. Regardless, the movies are coming out and the Alliance is reviewing them.

Here’s what the MNFCA has done lately.

Joe Botten

In the last month, Botten reviewed “Superintelligence,” “Happiest Season,” “Uncle Frank,” “Christmas on the Square,” “Run,” “Jingle Jangle,” “Hillbilly Elegy,” “The Life Ahead” and “Kindred.”

Brian Eggert

During November, Eggert reviewed new releases “Happiest Season,” “Hillbilly Elegy,” “The Nest” and “Possessor.” Eggert also wrote about 1947’s “Black Narcissus” and 1963’s “The Great Escape.”

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

For Horror Rewind, Florence and Hafdahl’s podcast covered “Servant,” “The Babysitter” and “Freaky.”

Kyle Goethe

At his blog, Goethe reviewed the films “Sound of Metal” and “Uncle Frank.”

Additionally, for the YouTube series Kyle and Nick on Film, Goethe and fellow MNFCA member Nicholas Palodichuk spoke about 1999’s “Mystery Alaska,” 2017’s “Wind River,” 1993’s “Grumpy Old Men,” 1971’s “A Clockwork Orange” and 2018’s “Climax.”

Paul McGuire Grimes

Over the last month, Grimes reviewed “Hillbilly Elegy,” “Freaky,” “Sound of Metal,” “Mank,” “Christmas on the Square,” “Uncle Frank,” “Superintelligence” and “Happiest Season.”

Eric Houston

For his YouTube series, Houston interviewed actress Mary Jo Pehl, produced two videos about monster movies from the 20s and 30s as well as the 40s and 50s, then made another video about Christmas classics.

Melinda Lavine

At the Duluth News Tribune, Lavine wrote about the local library discovering an 8mm film returned after 40 years and reviewed the movie “Yes, God, Yes.”

Jeremy Lebens

For The Daily Rotation, Lebens reviewed the horror comedy “Freaky.”

Matthew Liedke

At his site, Liedke reviewed 2020 releases “Tesla,” “Run,” “Hillbilly Elegy” and “Happiest Season.”

Ruth Maramis

At FlixChatter, Maramis reviewed “Uncle Frank,” “The Nest” and “Mr. Jones.” Maramis also wrote a post about five great female directors of photography.

Mark McPherson

At Twin Cities Geek, McPherson wrote about the dramatic comedy  “Uncle Frank.”

Frank Stanko

At The Pop Culturists, Stanko continued his look through films of 1985 with reviews on “Santa Claus: The Movie,” “One Magic Christmas,” “Rocky IV,” “White Nights,” “Runaway Train” and “Once Bitten.”

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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