Django & Django – Sergio Corbucci Unchained – Film Review | Venice 2021

Guided along by the narration of Quentin Tarantino, Django & Django explores Sergio Corbucci’s robust volume of work within the Italian Western sub-genre. Using his own work as an introductory framework, Tarantino introduces Corbucci, his more famous works, and the details that lead to their creation. While solid in its delivery of the information, Django …

Dusk Stone (Piedra Noche) – Film Review | Venice 2021

A year after the mysterious disappearance of their son, Greta (Mara Bestelli) and Bruno (Marcelo Subiotto) have resigned to selling their home in a rural coast town and leaving the past behind them. Joining them in preparation for the move is Greta’s childhood friend, Sina (Maricel Álvarez), an outsider from the city. Sina is the …

Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon – Film Review

Ainbo (voiced by Lola Raie), a young orphan living in the deep parts of the Amazon, yearns to find her calling as a warrior in order to save her village from an unknown “curse”. Joined by two spirit guides – Dillo and Vaca (voiced by Dino Andrade and Joe Hernandez respectively) – Ainbo sets off …

The Ice Road – Film Review

Mike McCann (Liam Neeson), a weathered big-rig driver, answers the emergency call of the Canadian government to deliver vital drilling equipment that will save a group of trapped miners in the Canadian far north. Together with his “brother” Gurty (Marcus Thomas), rebellious Tantoo (Amber Midthunder), crew leader Jim (Laurence Fishburne), and insurance actuary Tom (Benjamin …

La Traviata, My Brothers and I – Film Review | Cannes

My Brothers and I beautifully explores the intricacies of what it means to be a family, growing up too soon, and learning to find yourself despite what others have planned for you. Director and screenplay writer Yohan Manca crafts a rich tale of the young Nour (Maël Rouin Berrandou), youngest of four brothers, and his …

Holy Frit – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2021

Relatively unknown artist Tim Carey puts his skills to the test when he and the team at The Judson Studios partake in creating the worlds largest stained glass window. Faced with the reality that they have no idea how to achieve such a feat, they enlist in the help of the one man who does …

Broken Diamonds – Film Review

With plans of moving to Paris looming, inspiring writer Scott (Ben Platt – The Politician) is eager to escape the realities of his current life and start anew. His plans are put in jeopardy when he is forced to take care of his mentally ill older sister, Cindy (Lola Kirke – Mozart in the Jungle). …

Olga – Film Review | Cannes 2021

Ukrainian gymnast Olga (Anastasia Budiashkina) finds herself exiled to Switzerland as she trains for the regional Olympics team while the 2013 Euromaidan revolts erupt in her country. Faced with the impossible choice to return home or continue competing, Olga must muster the strength needed to carry on fighting for her homeland, her family, and herself. …

Trigger Point – Film Review

Despite his best wishes, Nicolas (Barry Pepper), a former U.S. Secret Agent is brought out of hiding when a request for his skills is needed to rescue a colleague. The quiet life that he had spent time building is now crumbling around him as he’s thrust back into the memories of his past to find …

Black Medicine – Film Review

Jo (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) a disgraced, black market doctor finds herself thrust further into the criminal underbelly of Ireland after providing sanctuary for a young girl (Amybeth McNulty). Faced with a choice, Jo must decide to either continue down her own path of destruction or find redemption for her past. From a technical perspective, Black Medicine …