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The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 47

It was two weeks of variety for the Minnesota Critics, with content about foreign movies, the Sundance Film Festival and more getting published.

Late releases from 2021, as well as a few new 2022 pictures, were also written and talked about. Here’s what the Alliance has been up to lately.

Sean Blanford

At his site MovieBirb, wrote reviews on films released at Sundance including “Resurrection,” “Cha Cha Real Smooth” and “Fresh.” He also wrote an overall festival recap.

Joe Botten

On his site, Botten reviewed new releases “A Taste of Hunger,” “Clean,” “Sundown,” “The King’s Daughter” and “Parallel Mothers.”

Brian Eggert

At Deep Focus Review, Eggert reviewed the Iranian film “A Hero” and the Norwegian picture “The Worst Person in the World.” He also wrote about 1955’s “The Night of the Hunter” and 1999’s “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.”

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

On the Horror Rewind podcast, Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl discussed the new “Scream” film and the first season of the series “Yellowjackets.”

Hunter Friesen

For the Northern Iowan, Friesen wrote a recap of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and previewed what movies are coming out this year. He also reviewed the film “After Yang” for Buffed Film Buffs.

Joseph Froemming

For his Joe-Down series, Froemming reviewed “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” and 1993’s “Cannibal! The Musical.”

Kyle Goethe and Nicholas Palodichuk

On the series Kyle and Nick on Film, Goethe and Palodichuk reviewed new movies “Don’t Look Up,” “Scream,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” “Ema” and “V/H/S/94.” They also talked about 1997’s “Nightwatch.”

Paul McGuire Grimes

For his series Paul’s Trip to the Movies, Grimes reviewed 2021 films “The Lost Daughter” and “Parallel Mothers.” He also appeared on Twin Cities Live on Jan. 21 and 28.

Eric Houston

For North Metro TV, Houston produced the first in a four part series exploring silent era Western film stars.

Frank Lee

At the Brainerd Dispatch, Lee wrote about the new “Scream” film and the sports drama “American Underdog.”

Matthew Liedke

On his site, Liedke reviewed the Japanese movie “Drive My Car” and the Spanish film “Parallel Mothers.”

Ruth Maramis

On FlixChatter, Maramis reviewed 2021 films “Drive My Car,” “Tick, Tick… Boom” and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.” She also wrote about 2019’s “Atlantics” for her Netflix Picks series and the French film “Petite Maman.

To honor some of the best movies of the year, Maramis also published her own awards to 2021 films.

Mark McPherson

At Twin Cities Geek, McPherson wrote a review on the Spanish film “Parallel Mothers.” He also produced a video essay on the film based on the Titanic tragedy, “A Night to Remember” from 1958.

Frank Stanko

For his exploration of films from 1998 on the Pop Culturists, Stanko wrote about “Slappy and the Stinkers,” “Spice World” and “Great Expectations.”


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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