The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 45

It may be a new year, but members of the MNFCA aren’t quite finished with 2021 just yet.

Recently, members have been busy reviewing recent 2021 releases such as “Licorice Pizza,” “The Lost Daughter” and “Don’t Look Up.” Those and many more were reviewed and broken own by the MNFCA.

Here’s what’s been happening lately.

Joe Botten

At his site, Botten reviewed new releases “Licorice Pizza,” “The Lost Daughter” and “Red Rocket.” He also wrote a review of “Green Knight,” released earlier this year, and the 1970 film “Scrooge.”

Brian Eggert

For Deep Focus Review, Eggert reviewed 2021 films “Bergman Island,” “Parallel Mothers,” “Frailty,” “The Matrix Resurrections,” “Don’t Look Up,” “Licorice Pizza,” “Petite Maman” and “The Lost Daughter.” He also wrote about the 1960 picture “Eyes Without a Face.”

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

On the Horror Rewind Podcast recently, hosts Florence and Hafdahl discussed the film “Black Friday” and other horror content they’ve been watching. In another episode, they spoke about 1990’s “Ghost.”

Hunter Friesen

At Next Best Picture, Friesen wrote about the many musicals released in the year 2021.

Kyle Goethe

On his site, Goethe reviewed the new action film “The King’s Man.” He also discussed 1971’s “Klute,” 1940’s “The Shop Around the Corner,” 2007’s “P2,” 1941’s “The Maltese Falcon,” 1971’s “The French Connection” and the new “Matrix” film with fellow MNFCA member Nicholas Palodichuk for the series Kyle and Nick on Film.

Paul McGuire Grimes

For his series Paul’s Trip to the Movies, Grimes reviewed “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” “The King’s Man” and “American Underdog.” Grimes also appeared on KTSP, the Twin Cities’ ABC affiliate, to discuss what to expect from movies in the new year.

Eric Houston

Houston, for his Bad Movie Bros. series, discussed the 1980 film “Alligator.”

Frank Lee

At the Brainerd Dispatch, Lee reviewed the animated sequel “Sing 2” and the new “Spider-Man” film. He also wrote about his favorite Christmas movies.

Matthew Liedke

At his site, Liedke reviewed new releases “Don’t Look Up,” “Being the Ricardos” and “Licorice Pizza.”

Ruth Maramis

On FlixChatter, Maramis reviewed “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” “Don’t Look Up,” “The Matrix Resurrections,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “The Power of the Dog.” She also wrote about her favorite Christmas songs in movies and a memorial post about the late Betty White.

Mark McPherson

At his site, McPherson reviewed “Sing 2” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” On his YouTube channel, McPherson also produced a video essay on problematic portrayals of autism in film.

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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