AF French Film Festival 2021 – ‘Bye Bye Morons’ (Adieu les cons)

SPOILERS AHEAD! Bye Bye Morons is a French comedy-drama that morphs into an unexpected romance-drama. With it’s autumn-coloured grading, cleverly linked dialogue and successful running jokes, writer and director Albert Dupontel creates a heartwarming film that touches on themes of life, death, and love.  The film follows Suze Trappet (Virginie Efira), a 45-year-old hairdresser diagnosed with an …

AF French Film Festival 2021 Review – ‘Black Box’ (Boîte noire)

‘Black Box’ thrillingly takes us deep inside the world of black box analyzing. Like a mysterious puzzle straight out of The Da Vinci Code, this grounded aerospace thriller doesn’t hold back when it comes to revealing the truth behind whistleblowing, corporate conspiracies and how far people are willing to go to cover/uncover the truth. When …

Review – ‘The Sinners’

You’d think Pretty Little Liars meets Se7en would have a little more skin on its bones than what The Sinners cooks up, but alas this after school special is just as exciting as watching paint dry. Seven students at a Catholic high school form a secret clique where each of them embody one of the …

Review – ‘Nomadland’

Houseless doesn’t mean homeless After the closure of a gypsum plant where she worked, and the death of her husband, Fern (Frances McDormand) fixes up a van and travels around the American west. She joins up with a group of like minded individuals who barter with others for basic necessities. Fern works at an Amazon …

Review – ‘Boss Level’

Boss Level, Joe Carnahan’s first movie in six years, is a surprisingly fun action fueled stunt epic. Carnahan isn’t a stranger to big action spectacles, as he was also responsible for directing The A-Team. Frank Grillo (Kingdom) is here to lead the over-the-top and delightfully absurd time loop film without much trouble. Former special forces …

Review – ‘I Care a Lot’

Written and directed by J Blakeson, ‘I Care a Lot’ attempts to satirically comment on the pursuit of the American Dream, but the lack of cutting edge storytelling leaves the only cutting edge thing to be Rosamund Pike’s razor sharp bob.  The dark comedy released through Netflix (depending on the country you’re in this could …

Review – ‘It’s a Sin’

Sin is in. It’s the 1980’s in London and four young gay men from different backgrounds are about to become friends at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. Ritchie Tozer (Olly Alexander) is headed to London to study law, but after meeting Jill (Lydia West) and Ash (Nathaniel Curtis), he shifts his focus to drama. …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Minyan’

Never fall in love with a bartender. David (Samuel H. Levine) is a 16 yr old Russian Jewish immigrant in 1986 Brooklyn who has just lost his grandmother. His old world parents want him to follow in their footsteps, but after too much vodka and some stolen glances at his fellow man in the shower, …

Review – ‘Monster Hunter’

I honestly can’t remember a time when Milla Jovovich wasn’t fighting some kind of evil (Resident or otherwise). She’s back at it again in ‘Monster Hunter’, her husbands latest foray into instantly forgettable sci-fi. When Lieutenant Artemis (Jovovich) and her crew of Rangers run into a freak storm, they’re transported to a parallel desert world …

Review – ‘The Owners’

Home invasion thrillers are a specific type of thriller we see at least once a year. Some good, some bad. The Owners stars a former Doctor Who and a Game of Thrones star, and although its synopsis sounds a lot like Don’t Breathe this adaption from the graphic novel ‘Une Nuit de Pleine Lune’ from creators Hermann and Yves …