FFFA 2021 Review – Beasts Clawing at Straws

Money is the root of all evil. Joong-man (Bae Sung-Woo) is stuck at a job he hates in order to care for his aging mother (Oscar-nominee Yuh Jung Youn) one night he discovers a bag filled with money left in a locker and a huge weight is lifted off of his shoulders. Tae-young (Jung Woo-sung) …

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 – ‘The Adventures of Wolfboy’

We have a new folktale in our midst thanks to director Martin Krejcí and screenwriter Olivia Dufault. Told in chapters, The True Adventures of Wolfboy follows a short time in the life of a young boy, Paul (Jaeden Martell), as he searches for his estranged mother. While the visual style and the story are not …

Review – ‘I Care a Lot’

Written and directed by J Blakeson, ‘I Care a Lot’ attempts to satirically comment on the pursuit of the American Dream, but the lack of cutting edge storytelling leaves the only cutting edge thing to be Rosamund Pike’s razor sharp bob.  The dark comedy released through Netflix (depending on the country you’re in this could …

Netflix Review – ‘The Misadventures of Hedi and Cokeman’

The Misadventures of Hedi and Cokeman is a French Harold & Kumar-like film that is unbearably loud and annoying. The unfunny comedy follows unlikeable characters Hedi (Hedi Bouchenafa) and Cokeman (Nassim Lyes), two low-life drug dealers with a friendship as dysfunctional as their own characters, who spend most of their time scamming snobby city kids …

TIFF20 Review – ‘Akilla’s Escape’

25 years ago, the Toronto International Film Festival launched a new section showcasing films from Africa and the African diaspora. This year, as we join the call from the streets for Black liberation, we celebrate the voices that Planet Africa amplified. One of the titles being shown as part of Planet Africa 25 is Charles …

TIFF20 Review – ‘Under The Open Sky’

TIFF20’s fourth film on our schedule is the incredibly beautiful Japanese feature ‘Under The Open Sky’ (originally titled ‘Subarashiki Sekai’). Inspired by Mr. Ryuko Saki’s novel ‘Mibuncho’ (translated ‘Inmate Files’), director Nishikawa Miwa for the first time ever uses someone else’s story to create one that’s inspired by ex-convicts who try to adapt to a …

Retro Review – ‘Basic Instinct’

Paul Verhoeven’s erotic thriller got panned by critics back in 1992. Over the decades however, the cult classic has been praised as a genre changer by fans and compared to Hitchcock’s work, as if it’s a contemporary version of Vertigo. Can it stand the test of time or has ‘Basic Instinct’ aged like milk?! From …

Netflix Review – ‘Ozark’ Season 3

After a somewhat lazy and slower second season, Netflix’s Ozark surprisingly doubled up on its Primetime Emmy Awards nominations earlier this year with a win for star, director and producer Jason Bateman and co-star Julia Garner. This not only caused the streaming platform’s crime drama to get some extra well deserved new attention, but also …