La donna scimmia (The Ape Woman) – Film Review

The recently restored in 4K version of The Ape Woman is finally being released on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Marco Ferreri’s (La grande bouffe) original cut, and the producer’s cut with “happy ending” which garnered a Palme D’Or nomination at the 1964 Cannes Festival, are both included on the disc. A movie so …

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 …

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. …

Babi Yar. Context – Film Review | Cannes 2021

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 …