Review: Oscars Animated Shorts Program

This year’s Academy Awards shorts programs have been released on limited platforms, and these categories reflect an accomplished set of work from a cross-section of styles, nationalities, and subject matters as diverse as the Academy itself as an organization increasingly aspires to be.  The animated short nominees tend to represent the most varied nominees per …

Review – The Dry

The soil in this gripping Australian crime drama might be dry and barren, but it proves to be very fertile ground for tension and mystery in ‘The Dry’. Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) is a federal agent plagued by an unresolved trauma from his past. When one of his oldest friends is the culprit of a …

Review – Chaos Walking

Director Doug Liman has the misfortune of being labeled the close-but-no-cigar guy in my head. He’s the kickstarter of franchises. The first instalment guy who then has to watch how others improve on the groundwork he’s done. The man who delivers serviceable entertainment that’s too fleeting to make a lasting impression. His new film ‘Chaos …

Review – Godzilla vs. Kong

I keep wondering what a lucrative business it must be to own a construction company in Warner Bros. cinematic Monsterverse. Construction or undertaking of course. City after city is leveled by giant mythical beings, stomping on everything and everyone. That’s a lot of bricks, mortar and funerals. But I digress. Godzilla is back and this …

SBIFF 2021 – ‘Backyard Village’

Let go of anger. After the mother that abandoned her and her sister some 30 years earlier returns, renowned Icelandic chef, Brynja (Laufey Elíasdóttir) takes a break from her life by checking into a quaint little village of tiny houses to get her head back on straight. It’s in this cozy little town that she …

Review – Moffie

Kai Luke Brummer as “Nicholas” in Oliver Hermanus’ MOFFIE. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films release. Not since Top Gun has there been a movie dripping with toxic masculinity and homoeroticism. In 1981 Apartheid is still thriving in South Africa and 16 year old Nicholas (Kai Luke Brümmer) has been drafted into the army …

Review – ‘WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn’

Who doesn’t want to become the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates by creating something that speaks to an entire generation? Although the idea of co-working space wasn’t anything new, WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann found a way to reinvent and sell it in a way millennials and investors would buy into his “We Revolution”. Entrepreneurship …

Review – ‘The Father’

Anyone who may have thought that Sir Anthony Hopkins was slowly shuffling towards stage left at the grand old age of 83 would be sorely mistaken. Though his screen time has reduced over the last few years, ‘The Father’ is the sort of film that reminds us once and for all why this man has …

AF French Film Festival 2021 – ‘Love Affair(s)’ (Les choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait)

“Love affairs are usually strewn with obstacles and incidents” After a terrible break up, struggling novelist Maxime (Niels Schneider) takes a trip out the country to visit his cousin François (Vincent Macaigne) and his new wife Daphné (Camélia Jordana) and maybe come up with a fresh idea about what to write about. Over the course …

Review – ‘The Courier’

The UK has a monopoly on the kind of stiff-upper-lip-MI6 spy thriller genre that occasionally delivers an ice-cold classic like ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’. With a name like Benedict Cumberbatch involved, I was interested to see how the real life story of ‘The Courier’ would turn out. Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) an ordinary salesman, gets …