Festivals&Academy

Oscar Nominated Shorts

Hello friends! Here’s something you may not know but I love watching shorts- especially groups of shorts. There’s something satisfying about watching a little morsel of storytelling whether it be animated, live action or documentary. The only problem is sometimes the Oscar nominated shorts can be tough to get a-hold of but this year they […]

[REVIEWS] Oscar Nominated Shorts
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Documentary

Documentary Review: Superheroes with snouts — “The Truffle Hunters”

In villages in the hill country of extreme northwestern Italy life moves slowly, and can seem to revolve around an elite corps with names like Nina, Birba, Pepe, Leo and Siana, Tina and Jeri, Fiona and Titina. They are the adored dogs with the million Euro noses, “The Truffle Hunters.” Sure, their human partners are […]

Documentary Review: Superheroes with snouts — “The Truffle Hunters”
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Movie Reviews

Farrelly: There’s Something About Mary (1998)

The Farrelly brothers arguably peaked with There’s Something About Mary, a caustic slice of anti-80s nostalgia that marked the precise moment when grossout comedy started to give way to cringe comedy. We start with a parody of the 80s fetish for the 50s – a bucolic neighbourhood, where Ted Stroehman, played by Ben Stiller, is […]

Farrelly: There’s Something About Mary (1998)

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Movie Reviews

REVIEW: “Voyagers” (2021)

Some science-fiction junkies like me might be tempted to approach the new film “Voyagers” with a touch of caution. The movie’s first trailer showed off a fairly interesting premise and a cast rich with sparkling young talent. And then you have the description going around calling it “Lord of the Flies in space” which only […]

REVIEW: “Voyagers” (2021)

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Movie Reviews

First glance: “Percy vs Goliath” (2021)

Fresh off of his 78th birthday, screen legend Christopher Walken is still working and has a new movie on the way. “Percy vs Goliath” is a biographical drama that actually came out in Canada late last year. Now, ahead of its upcoming US premiere, the film has dropped a new trailer and Walken fans have […]

First glance: “Percy vs Goliath” (2021)
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Movie Reviews

REVIEW: “Thunder Force” (2021)

Melissa McCarthy’s collaborations with writer-director and husband Ben Falcone have been pretty brutal. Falcone has directed McCarthy in four previous movies. Of those, 2018’s abysmal “Life of the Party” has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score at 38%. Yes I know, review aggregators aren’t infallible and they don’t always represent the quality of a movie. I […]

REVIEW: “Thunder Force” (2021)
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Hulu

First Glance: “The Woman in the Window”

It took a while, but the long-delayed psychological thriller “The Woman in the Window” is finally set to see the light of day. Originally owned by 20th Century Fox, the rights then went to Disney following their acquisition of Fox. Now Netflix is set to release the film next month. It’s directed by Joe Wright […]

First Glance: “The Woman in the Window”

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Movie Reviews

Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF SPRINGTIME

I reviewed Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF SPRINGTIME for Cinefile Chicago. A restored version opens for a virtual run at the Music Box Theatre today. Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF WINTER (France)Available to rent through the Music Box Theatre hereA TALE OF WINTER is the second film that Éric Rohmer made in his “Tales of […]

Éric Rohmer’s A TALE OF SPRINGTIME
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Movie Reviews

John’s Horror Corner: Monsters of Man (2020)

MY CALL: It may run a bit too long, but this remains a strong recommendation for fans of hard-R graphic violence in their Sci-Fi. Plus the action effects of these robots is excellent! MORE MOVIES LIKE Monsters of Man: For more smartly written Sci-Fi killer robots, go for Chappie (2015), Black Mirror S4 segment ‘Metalhead’ […]

John’s Horror Corner: Monsters of Man (2020), a very violent killer robot Sci-Horror that is worth your time.
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Movie Reviews

Golden Voices

Director Evgeny Ruman Staring Mariya Belkina, Vladimir Friedman, Evelin Hagoel Rated M Score 4/6 Victor and Raya Frenkel were the golden voices of the Soviet film dubbing for decades. All the western movies that reached Soviet screens were dubbed by them. In 1990, with the collapse of Soviet Union, the Frenkels decided to do Aliyah […]

Golden Voices
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Documentary

Brenda Chapman (1962 – )

Writer and director Brenda Chapman paved the way for many women in animation. Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP found here. BIO: So maybe you’ve never heard of Brenda Chapman; you’ve almost certainly seen her work. This Illinois native has made major strides for women in animation. She was the first woman ever to direct an animated […]

Brenda Chapman (1962 – )
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Festivals&Academy

26 Asian short films you shouldn’t miss at the 38th Busan International Short Film Festival (Part 1)

These are twenty-six Asian short films you shouldn’t miss at the 38th Busan International Short Film Festival which will take place from April 21st – 26th (2021) in Busan, Korea.

26 Asian short films you shouldn’t miss at the 38th Busan International Short Film Festival (Part 1)
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Movie Reviews

REVIEW: “Concrete Cowboy” (2021)

Idris Elba is an actor I’ve always admired. Whether he’s speaking with power and passion as Nelson Mandela or declaring himself Black Superman in “Hobbs & Shaw”. He has always possessed both leading man charisma and supporting role restraint. He uses a little of both in the new Netflix drama “Concrete Cowboy”, directed by Ricky […]

REVIEW: “Concrete Cowboy” (2021)
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Movie Reviews

The Riot Club (2014)

Two first-year students (Sam Claflin, Max Irons) at Oxford University join a secret society – loosely based on the real life Bullingdon Club – and learn that their reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of one evening. This is another of those films where the premise sounded interesting. I also noticed they […]

The Riot Club (2014)

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Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Irish lads Come of Age in a Toxic Time — “Here Are all the Young Men”

It takes a few minutes to get past the feeling that “Here Are the Young Men” isn’t a simplistic “Trainspotting” homage, some sort of boys-come-of-age, generationally-indulgent wank with an Irish accent. The characters are “types” — the rebellious lad entering the workforce with lust in his heart and a mouth always open for whatever pill […]

Movie Review: Irish lads Come of Age in a Toxic Time — “Here Are all the Young Men”
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Movie Reviews

The changing origins of Godzilla and Kong

Part of me wants to sit back and just enjoy Godzilla versus Kong, but the other part of me wants to really think about what it’s doing. First of all, it’s a fun movie. It’s entertaining. There’s action and drama and comedy and all the other crap you need to have a successful movie. The […]

The changing origins of Godzilla and Kong

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Movie News

Black Widow New Official Trailer

Her world, her secrets, her legacy….as Marvel Studios releases the new official trailer for their upcoming superhero movie Black Widow. View trailer below. In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by […]

Black Widow New Official Trailer
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