Short Film Review – ‘The Tell Tale Heart’

First-time filmmaker McClain Lindquist takes a huge risk by adapting one of American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe’s short story ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ – and succeeds. For those who are not familiar with the story, the film follows the Narrator (played by Sonny Grimsley), who is haunted by the “evil …

Netflix Review – ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Season 1

THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB Based on the best-selling book series that was highly popular in the 1980s and 1990s, Netflix’s new series ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’, follows the friendship and adventures of Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), the genius but shy Mary-Anne Spier (Malia Baker), the artsy Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada – ‘To All The Boys: P.S. I …

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Can Art Stop a Bullet’

William Kelly, artist and peace activist, has been called the ‘moral conscience’ of Australian Art. For him there’s no line between life and art. Can Art Stop a Bullet is a documentary about the man himself and centered around an art piece he’s making for the State Library of Victoria. The film explores the connections between …

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Hamtramck, USA’

Through the exploration of daily life and democracy, ‘Hamtramck, USA’ examines the benefits and tensions of multiculturalism. Kicking the film off with a typical all American theme song, we take a trip down memory lane while a series of video clips and photographs of the small Michigan-city, grace the screen. Formerly inhabited by almost solely …

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Descent’

Kiki Bosch is a professional ice freediver from the Netherlands; she dives into the coldest waters on the planet on one breath without a wetsuit, from the iceberg fjords of Greenland to the frozen lakes of Finland. Sounds cool, but Nays Baghai’s documentary starts of with a trigger warning – viewer discretion is advised. After …

Doc Edge Festival Review – ‘Bare’

Dance documentary Bare follows a choreographer and his team going through a process of auditions, rehearsals and eventually a premiere. The journey reveals internal artistic conflicts between the dancers and their personal challenges during the several months of creating the performance. Closeups of male skin and non-stop graphic nudity show how vulnerable these men can …

Doc Edge Festival Review – ‘Meat The Future’

Silicon Valley, 2016. Fortune.com releases an article about cardiologist turned innovator, Uma Valeti. He’s able to make a meatball with new technology, fully grown from real cow and pig cells, without slaughtering a living creature. The cells take about 14 to 21 days to mature in a bioreactor and the price for just a pound …

Doc Edge Festival Review – ‘A Chef’s Voyage’

One of the first things we see on screen is a stack of Michelin-guides, while food critic and author, Christine Muhlke explains to us what Michelin-stars really are. They’re basically the culinary Olympic medals and very hard to obtain. Once you get a star, you strive for another and try to keep the one you …

Doc Edge Festival Review – ‘The Prophet and the Space Aliens’

What is the difference between a cult and a religion? And why do some of us believe a man was able to part the sea in half to create a path, but can’t believe the story about a man who received a prophecy from extraterrestrials? After receiving a mysterious invitation from the Raelians to accept …

Netflix Review – ‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’

FILTHY RICH. Michelle Licata in episode 1 of FILTHY RICH. Cr. NETFLIX © 2020 Netflix Opening your four-part docuseries with a slide that states “The following series contains graphic descriptions of sexual abuse involving minors, which may be disturbing for some viewers.”, sets the tone for what’s about to unfold. We then cut to an …