Broken Diamonds – Film Review

With plans of moving to Paris looming, inspiring writer Scott (Ben Platt – The Politician) is eager to escape the realities of his current life and start anew. His plans are put in jeopardy when he is forced to take care of his mentally ill older sister, Cindy (Lola Kirke – Mozart in the Jungle). …

Medusa – Film Review | Cannes 2021

Under cover of darkness, faces hidden by white masks and with God’s vengeful hand at their side, a group of psychotic sociopaths roam through the streets in search of loose women and beat them within an inch of their lives unless they agree into joining them as they travel to the kingdom of righteousness. Lead …

Olga – Film Review | Cannes 2021

Ukrainian gymnast Olga (Anastasia Budiashkina) finds herself exiled to Switzerland as she trains for the regional Olympics team while the 2013 Euromaidan revolts erupt in her country. Faced with the impossible choice to return home or continue competing, Olga must muster the strength needed to carry on fighting for her homeland, her family, and herself. …

La Civil – Film Review | Cannes 2021

Things were seemingly quiet one morning in Northern Mexico for a divorced mother and her daughter. That is until Cielo (Arcelia Ramírez) is run off the road by two gang members who demand a heavy ransom from her and her ex-husband – that is if she ever wants to see Laura again. Unable to come …

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 …

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 …

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 …