Violet – Film Review | TIFF’21

Depending on our age, we all know Justine Bateman from somewhere. Whether it be next to Michael J. Fox in ‘Family Ties’ or guest starring in everything from ‘Desperate Housewives’ to ‘Arrested Development’. Turns out this familiar face also has a knack for filmmaking, as her feature film debut ‘Violet’ is released to the world. …

As In Heaven – Film Review | TIFF ’21

As a cis-gender male, I feel somewhat uncomfortable reviewing a film that so obviously deals with the plight of women. But to simply reduce Tea Lindeburg’s debut feature to a feminist pamflet would be doing it a grave disservice. Lise (Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl), a teenage girl growing up among her many siblings on a …

Promises (Les Promesses) – Film Review | Venice 2021

Clémence (Isabelle Huppert) is a soon to be retired mayor of a small, French town outside of Paris. Together with her Chief of Staff, Yazid (Reda Kateb), Clémence is faced with the choice of becoming a Minister in Paris or following the path already set out in front of her. Despite its seemingly uninteresting plot, …

Django & Django – Sergio Corbucci Unchained – Film Review | Venice 2021

Guided along by the narration of Quentin Tarantino, Django & Django explores Sergio Corbucci’s robust volume of work within the Italian Western sub-genre. Using his own work as an introductory framework, Tarantino introduces Corbucci, his more famous works, and the details that lead to their creation. While solid in its delivery of the information, Django …

Dusk Stone (Piedra Noche) – Film Review | Venice 2021

A year after the mysterious disappearance of their son, Greta (Mara Bestelli) and Bruno (Marcelo Subiotto) have resigned to selling their home in a rural coast town and leaving the past behind them. Joining them in preparation for the move is Greta’s childhood friend, Sina (Maricel Álvarez), an outsider from the city. Sina is the …

Erasing Frank – Film Review | Venice 2021

Gabor Fabricius’ debut feature follows punk rock singer Robert Frank (Benjamin Fuchs), who after getting arrested by the police for singing words that are too political, gets sent to the open ward of a psychiatric clinic. Angry at the state, he’ll stop at nothing to express his feelings, but freedom of speech doesn’t go without …

Bloody Oranges – Film Review | Cannes 2021

“The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.” ― Antonio Gramsci Alex (Alexandre Steiger) is a lawyer looking to make his way up in the world when he starts working with the corrupt Financial Secretary of France, Stéphane (Christophe Paou), who is trying to change …

La Traviata, My Brothers and I – Film Review | Cannes

My Brothers and I beautifully explores the intricacies of what it means to be a family, growing up too soon, and learning to find yourself despite what others have planned for you. Director and screenplay writer Yohan Manca crafts a rich tale of the young Nour (Maël Rouin Berrandou), youngest of four brothers, and his …

The Rumba Kings – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

We colonized all of Africa with our music. Things were bad in the Belgian Congo in the early part of the century. Colonialization and apartheid level conditions between the invading Europeans and the rightful inhabitants of the country were enslaved, beaten, forced to work for the white man mining the natural resources while they lived …

Holy Frit – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2021

Relatively unknown artist Tim Carey puts his skills to the test when he and the team at The Judson Studios partake in creating the worlds largest stained glass window. Faced with the reality that they have no idea how to achieve such a feat, they enlist in the help of the one man who does …