Yes I Am: The Ric Weiland Story – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

“All of my friends and colleagues who have contracted HIV are dying. How can I help?” High school friends, Ric Weiland, Bill Gates, and Paul Allen took their collective love of computers and technology and went on to work together at Microsoft. By day, Ric was a programmer and developer who took pride in what …

Fin – Film Review | Discovery+

Eli Roth in ‘Fin’. Photo credit: Joe Romeiro. Photo courtesy: discovery+ TRIGGER WARNING FOR THIS REVIEW AND THE DOCUMENTARY ‘FIN’: ABUSE & SLAUGHTER OF LIVE SHARKS IS DESCRIBED AND SHOWN IN FULL. The name Eli Roth rings a bell with many horror fanatics, but the director of Hostel, Cabin Fever and many other gory flicks, …

Trigger Point – Film Review

Despite his best wishes, Nicolas (Barry Pepper), a former U.S. Secret Agent is brought out of hiding when a request for his skills is needed to rescue a colleague. The quiet life that he had spent time building is now crumbling around him as he’s thrust back into the memories of his past to find …

Black Medicine – Film Review

Jo (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) a disgraced, black market doctor finds herself thrust further into the criminal underbelly of Ireland after providing sanctuary for a young girl (Amybeth McNulty). Faced with a choice, Jo must decide to either continue down her own path of destruction or find redemption for her past. From a technical perspective, Black Medicine …

By Rook or Left Hook: The Story of Chessboxing – Film Review | MDFF 2021

The Ultimate Alpha Male Sport It’s the perfect combination of brains, brawn and strategy. Two opponents step into the ring and they begin an 11 round match alternating between 3 minutes of playing chess and 3 minutes of boxing. You can win either by KO, TKO, or checkmate (or you run out of time). Invented …

Son – Film Review | Shudder

Escaping a cult as a teenager, Laura (Andi Matichak – Halloween franchise) now lives happily with her son David (Luke David Blumm – The King of Staten Island) in a small town. When she sees a mysterious group of people in David’s room one night, they ask police and neighbours to keep an eye out. …

Cannes 2021 Review – Babi Yar. Context

Sergey Loznitsa’s prodigious documentary meticulously reconstructs the months before and years after the Babi Yar massacre. The archival footage is incredibly restored but harrowing to witness. The extent of the horrific actions during WWII, orchestrated by Hitler and Nazi Germany, still baffle me to this day. I had never heard of their actions in Kiev …

Review – Witch Hunt

Amendment XI : No person may practice Witchcraft in the United States of America. In present day America, female witches are publicly burned at the stake and considered a danger to the American way. Martha Goode (Elizabeth Mitchell) runs an underground railroad for witches in her house, through a system of signals she provides food …

MDFF 2021 Review – Australia Burns… Silence of the Land

Mother Nature is pissed off. From July 2019 til early 2020 most of Australia was on fire. Firefighters worked tirelessly to put the fires out, but had the elements working against them. Gusting winds and dry conditions made things worse and over 44 million acres burned, 34 people died and an estimated 1 1 billion …

German Film Festival 2021 – The Space Between the Lines

Sending a seemingly simple cancellation email lands Emma (Nora Tschirner) into the inbox of Leo (Alexander Fehling), a nonchalant linguist who is looking for a connection after the recent separation from his girlfriend, Marlene (Claudia Eisinger). Lighthearted banter turns into something deeper as Emma and Leo are forced to walk the line between playful conversations …