Drama

Hellbound

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5. Imagine living in a world where bad people, like really bad, get short notice, aka prophecy, about their death within hours sent by Angels. And then, they come after the “sinner” to execute him in front of the shocked public. It’s a quiet day in a café where a […]

TIFF 2021: “Hellbound”
Documentary

The Devil’s Drivers

Hamouda and his cousin Ismail are Palestinian Bedouins living in the town of Yatta. With few ways to make a decent living, they offer a unique taxi service, driving Palestinian workers across the Negev desert to a southern gap where Israel’s border wall hasn’t been finished. Or smuggling Palestinian workers, I should say, as this […]

The Devil’s Drivers
Adventure

TIFF 2021: “Dune”

“Dune” is probably this year’s most anticipated film that is expected to come out in theatres first. Shot for IMAX, with gorgeous scenery, landscape, cinematography, editing, theme and directing, the film justifies its expectation which will allow the audience to enjoy it, watching on the big screen. “Dune” is one of the most challenging adaptions […]

TIFF 2021: “Dune”
Crime

The Guilty

Well damn. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Joe, a disgraced cop who’s been busted down to dispatch duty, manning the 911 desk until he can clear his name. On his last shift before he’ll get his day in court, he takes a call that will change his life. On the other end of the phone, Emily whispers […]

The Guilty
Movie Reviews

Encounter

Well that was unexpected. Director Michael Pearce takes a sci-fi action thriller road trip movie and subverts your every expectation, giving us panicky thrills of another kind. Malik Khan (Riz Ahmed) is a Marine who’s been working back to back top-secret missions, too busy saving the world to see his sons, who live with their […]

Encounter
Action

The Seattle Supernatural Slasher – Malignant (2021)

Cutting out the cancer. So this is about a woman named Madison (Annabelle Wallis). She has the worst sleep paralysis of all time because she slips away to another place entirely and witnesses gruesome murders. They’re not just bad dreams, though, they are actually happening. I knew three things about this going in: 1. This […]

The Seattle Supernatural Slasher – Malignant (2021)
Drama

‘As in Heaven’ Review: “The Curse of Femininity”

The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off with a rocky start. However, the first films to initiate the festival were anything but disappointing. As in Heaven (Du som er i himlen), Tea Lindeburg’s directorial debut, was nothing short of an artistic dream. On a farm in the 1800s, a young 14-year-old girl named Lise (Flora […]

‘As in Heaven’ Review: “The Curse of Femininity”
Drama

TIFF 2021: “Dear Evan Hansen”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5. There are always moments when we think we are misunderstood, blamed and judged for something we had nothing to do with. Also, people think if we are emotional, loud and extremely cheerful or angry from the outside, we are bad and should be ignored. Evan Hansen (reprising his role […]

TIFF 2021: “Dear Evan Hansen”
Drama

TIFF 2021: “Drive My Car”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5. Japanese cinema is always exquisite, deep and insightful. It knows how to play with words and carefully translate them into actions. And actors? Oh boy! How marvelous they all are. If you find me exaggerating, then you probably haven’t seen “Drive My Car” yet. Yusuke and Oto are a […]

TIFF 2021: “Drive My Car”
Biography

‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’

American Crime Story is back with its third season after three years off the air. While it previously had tackled murderous subject matter, it has now gone into politics. Impeachment: American Crime Story tells the story of how the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal came to be and what followed. Based on the subject matter and […]

‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ Ep. 1 Review

Drama

Review: “Annette”

Toward the end of Noah Baumbach’s 2019 film “Marriage Story,” Charlie, played by Adam Driver, breaks into an emotional rendition of Sondheim’s “Being Alive” from the musical “Company” while at a restaurant with friends, facing the dissolution of his marriage. It’s a beautiful scene—my favorite in the entire film, actually—and one that made me immediately […]

Review: “Annette”
Action

Review: “Free Guy”

Guy is not the kind of character you’d usually want to play in a shooter game. In fact, he’s not the kind of character you’d normally be able to play at all. Guy is a non-playable character, or NPC, a background figure created to populate a video game’s environment, whether to just provide atmosphere or […]

Review: “Free Guy”
Drama

Brazil: The Absurdity Of Oppression

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 8 out of 10. SPOILERS! What the hell has happened? I myself am a man strongly averse to sci-fi ever since the innocent first days of my life – and proud of it ever since. Now look at the blog: Arrival, Children of Men, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, even The Prestige! And […]

Brazil: The Absurdity Of Oppression
Horror

“Candyman” (2021)

Sometime last year, in the early throes of quarantine, I watched the 1992 film “Candyman” for the first time, in preparation for Nia DaCosta’s new take on the story, which was delayed multiple times from its original June 2020 release date due to the pandemic. I pressed play sometime after midnight, which was a mistake—something […]

Review: “Candyman” (2021)
Biography

Val (2021)

Title – Val (2021)  Director – Ting Poo & Leo Scott (feature debuts)  Cast – Val Kilmer, Jack Kilmer  Plot – An exploration of the life and times of Val Kilmer, utilizing countless hours of footage the ailing performer shot across his journey as both an upcoming actor and one of the hottest stars in Hollywood.  […]

Film Review – Val (2021)
Action

RED NOTICE (2021)

Red Notice (2021), Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Netflix Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot and Dwayne Johnson’s latest action/crime/comedy, Red Notice tells the story of an Interpol agent. One whose job it is to track the world’s most wanted art thief. From writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber; additional key cast includes Vincenzo Amato, Ivan Mbakop and Ritu Arya. Talk about […]

RED NOTICE (2021): New Trailer From Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot…

Movie Reviews

Reminiscence

Why are sci-fi/private detectives are such a common breed? Sure, Blade Runner and its sequel made a nice job of updating Hammett and Chandler to the 21st century but both films flopped hard on release. Their cult status, however, seems to ensure that there’s a steady stream of mob bosses presiding over augmented realities, film […]

Reminiscence
Biography

Worth

How much is a human life worth? As a philosophical question, it’s emotionally fraught and almost unbearable to contemplate. Can you put a dollar amount on a life? You can, actually. Uncomfortably. And people have. They do it all the time. You may even know how much yours is worth in the event of your […]

Worth

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