Review – Moffie

Kai Luke Brummer as “Nicholas” in Oliver Hermanus’ MOFFIE. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films release. Not since Top Gun has there been a movie dripping with toxic masculinity and homoeroticism. In 1981 Apartheid is still thriving in South Africa and 16 year old Nicholas (Kai Luke Brümmer) has been drafted into the army …

Review – ‘The Adventures of Wolfboy’

We have a new folktale in our midst thanks to director Martin Krejcí and screenwriter Olivia Dufault. Told in chapters, The True Adventures of Wolfboy follows a short time in the life of a young boy, Paul (Jaeden Martell), as he searches for his estranged mother. While the visual style and the story are not …

Review – ‘Saint Maud’

There’s a rosary pinned beside Maud’s bed of one, an open bag and neatly arranged possessions give the façade of an organised life and maybe mind. When Maud (Morfydd Clark) prays to God, it is slow and concise and it sounds more like a chat. Like He’s on the other end of the line, like …

Review – ‘Two of Us

Fresh from scoring a Golden Globes-nomination for Best Motion Picture – International Feature, ‘Two of Us’ (otherwise known as ‘Deux’) has won a series of international awards while cruising the festival circuit. This delicate love story is Filippo Meneghetti’s feature debut, and tells the story of Nina (Barbara Sukowa) and Madeleine (Martine Chevallier). These two …

Review – ‘Morgana’

Conservative gender stereotypes are still a problem in the 21st century, often defining how people’s lives get influenced by peer pressure and the expectations within society. Even after all the battles women have fought last century in order to be seen as equals for once and for all, it still seems most of the world …

Review – ‘The Elfkins: Baking a Difference’

German animated film, The Elfkins: Baking a Difference is a bland blend of Gnomeo & Juliet and The Smurfs, and strictly made for pre-teens, with a very on-the-nose message on capitalism and finding one’s purpose in the world to keep this somewhat manageable for parents forced to sit through this. In true Elfkins of Cologne …

Review – ‘White Lie’

We’ve all been made aware of the various dangers that are attached to social media platforms. In films, we usually get to see the side of the ones affected by the lies and schemes of some unknown online assailant. ‘White Lie’ decides to take the risk and switches the roles on us. Katie Arneson (Kacey …

Review – ‘Skyfire’

I’ve always been a sucker for disaster movies. In walks ‘Skyfire’, a disaster movie so wild and ridiculous, it combines cliché genre tropes from the biggest blockbusters and runs a marathon with it. This first ever volcano themed Chinese film is set on a tropical island at the “Ring of Fire”. Ever since volcanologist Meng …

Short Film Review – ‘Oleander’

Kate Hackett, who most recently won an Emmy for her editing work on the Netflix documentary series ‘Cheers’, has made a short film that centers around the 17-year old titular character, Oleander. The sex-positive YouTuber’s parents make her attend a local abstinence program, called “The Institute of Transformation”, or as Oleander (Emily Robinson – ‘Eighth …

LAAPFF Short Film Review – ‘The Quiet’ & ‘The Other Side’

The 36th edition of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has some incredible short film programs, all grouped into themes. This time we choose to explore “WWYD (What Would You Do?) 2020”, where emerging filmmakers reflect on difficult decisions in life and dare to ask the question “What Would You Do?” ‘The Quiet’ Just when …