Review – ‘Hail To The Deadites’

Steve Villeneuve directs his very own documentary feature about the Deadites – it’s what the fans of the Evil Dead-franchise call themselves. He uses archival footage, interviews with the cast, crew, collectors, freaks, geeks and videos created by the fans, to put together a tribute to the movie Stephen King once called “the most ferociously […]

Review – ‘Sputnik’

Where most sci-fi horror films bring the alien on board a spaceship to wreak havoc, ‘Sputnik‘ decides to take the action with them to good old planet Earth. This Russian creature feature could easily be described as ‘Arrival‘ meets ‘Life‘, but stands on its own two feet with its somber cinematography and terrific performances. “A […]

Review – ‘On The Rocks’

Rashida Jones and Marlon Wayans, both known for their comedic talent, take it down a notch and play a New York middle-class couple who seem to have disconnected in more than one way. In walks Bill Murray with some serious dad-jokes and playboy-vibes to get the party started, but in a more nuanced and dare […]

Review – ‘No Escape’

If you thought splatter films had gone extinct, think again. Soft-splatter film ‘No Escape‘ doesn’t redefine the horror sub-genre, but tries to popularize it with the use of social media and influencers. Think ‘Hostel‘ in the digital era. When Cole (Keegan Allen – ‘Pretty Little Liars‘) travels with his friends to Moscow, to celebrate the […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘Trickster’ Episodes 1-2

Everybody knows TIFF is the place to be for groundbreaking new content. This year they gave Michelle Latimer the chance to present two projects she’s worked on. The first one, ‘Inconvenient Indian‘ – a documentary that explores the cultural colonization of Indigenous peoples in North America – was previously reviewed by us (review can be […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘Enemies Of The State’

For our final film at Toronto International Film Festival 2020, we decided to check out the world premiere of Sonia Kennebeck‘s documentary, ‘Enemies of the State‘. TIFF20 has had a couple of standout documentaries this year, such as Inconvenient Indian, which felt urgent and should be mandatory viewing. Kennebeck’s film however, watches like a film-version […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘True Mothers’

Naomi Kawase’s melodramatic adaptation of a novel by Mizuki Tsujimura, is directed with finesse, but relies too heavily on PSA-style storytelling that rather explores the past than the present with situations that miss their mark in trying to establish a real emotional force. After trying to conceive for a while, a Japanese couple undergo tests. […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘Passion Simple’

The second film on our #TIFF20 schedule has taken a turn for the worse. Danielle Arbid (‘Parisienne‘) takes on Annie Ernaux’s autobiographical fiction novel that focuses intensively and almost exclusively on the passion our protagonist has for a man with whom she has an affair. Once one of the hottest books in France, now one […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘Another Round’

Mads Mikkelsen is one of the most reliable actors. You can bet your bottom dollar on it that when his name is attached to a project, you’ll get quality. So it’s obvious he’d collaborate again with the director of their Oscar-nominated film ‘The Hunt‘, Thomas Vinterberg. This time he plays a teacher who’s seen better […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘Spring Blossom’

First love hurts. Especially when it consumes and overtakes your day dreams, just like Suzanne’s in ‘Spring Blossom‘. First time writer, director and actress Suzanne Lindon directs herself in her feature debut, in which she plays a 16-year-old school girl who’s bored with people of her age. Obsessed with a man, they find the answers […]