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 – ‘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 …

Review – ‘Once Upon A River’

John Ashton as Smoke and Kenadi DelaCerna as Margo Crane. Once Upon A River arrives in virtual cinemas beginning October 2, 2020 from Film Movement.CREDIT: Daniel Klutznick Based on the best-selling novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell, ‘Once Upon a River’ could easily be described as a less gritty ‘Winter’s Bone’. Haroula Rose directs Kenadi DelaCerna …

LAAPFF Short Film Review – ‘Hinekura’ & ‘Liliu’

The 36th edition of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has kicked off and we decided to dive into some short films. The short films are selected and grouped in themes. Our first duo is part of “Pacific Cinewaves” – cinematic love letters to the living culture of the Pacific. ‘Hinekura’ On the day she …

Review – ‘Les Misérables’

“Remember this, my friends, there are no such things as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators.” VICTOR HUGOLes Misérables A cop from the provinces moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm. Over the course of …

Review – ‘La Belle Époque’

Remember that meme of a football player saying “They had us in the first half, not gonna lie”?! Well, director and writer Nicolas Bedos, had me in the first five minutes, not gonna lie. The opening scene, with a bunch of aristocrats sitting around a dinner table using racial slurs to objectify the butlers, turns …

SAIFF Short Film Review – ‘Blue Dress’

Brett Michael Innes’ short film ‘Blue Dress’ sees a young father seeking forgiveness for the rape that he committed years ago in university. By reaching out to the woman he assaulted, he hopes to let go of the guilt he’s been carrying all these years. She agrees to meet with him after hours at her …

Review – ‘Deerskin’

Quentin Dupieux’s ‘Deerskin’ takes the phrase “the clothes make the man” a bit too literal when a middle-aged, recently divorced man finds himself at the brink of his very own midlife-crisis. Paying an extravagant amount of money for a vintage fringed deerskin jacket, Georges (Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin – The Artist) discovers a newfound …