Monstrous – Film Review

It’s the 1950’s and everything is bright, clean and shiny. Laura (Christina Ricci) and her young son, Cody (Santino Barnard) are on the run. They end up in rural California and try to start a new life in a big house. Things are great at first, but after Cody goes for a walk down by …

Firebird – Film Review

Tom Prior stars as Sergey and Oleg Zagorodnii as Roman in Peeter Rebane’s FIREBIRDPhoto Credit: Herrki-Erich MerilaCourtesy of Roadside Attractions, LLC / The Factory “Black thorns and roses, smiles and tearsThey’re sown together and grow so near.”  1977, Haapsalu, Estonia. Private Sergey Serebrennikov (Tom Prior) is finishing up his mandatory service and is about to …

Playdurizm – Film Review

“Who has a pig as a pet?” Demir (Gem Deger) wakes up in his underwear in a bubblegum colored world and he has no idea how he got there. Luckily, Andrew (Austin Chunn) is there to make him breakfast and Drew (Issy Stewart) is there to keep him company, along with their pet pig, Joshua. …

The Wanting Mare – Film Review

“Just north of the city of Whithren, hidden in the heat, wild horses run along the coast. Once a year, they are trapped and exported to the southern tip of Levithen, a city in constant winter. There are tickets for passage aboard this yearly transport ship, but they are a rare commodity” In the not …

Resistance: 1942 – Film Review

Under the threat of death and the shadow of tyranny, one voice dares to keep a message of hope alive. It’s late 1942 in Lyon, France and the nazi’s are naturally making life miserable for everyone. Hidden away in an attic with a pirate radio is Jacques (Cary Elwes) broadcasting messages of positivity and hope …

Lingui – Film Review

In the suburbs of N’djamena in Chad lives the single Amina with her 15-year-old daughter, Maria. When Amina finds out her daughter is pregnant and wants to end the pregnancy, both of them are at the start of a turbulent time in their lives in which religion, ethics and motherhood get tested. African cinema seems …

Margrete – Queen of the North – Film Review

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark In the early 1400’s, Queen Margrete (Trine Dyrholm) rules Denmark, Sweden and Norway with a clear voice, a steady hand and a clear head along with her adopted son Erik (Morten Hee Andersen). Erik is about to wed Queen Philippa of England and the potential for a …

Best Sellers – Film Review

The ambitious Lucy Stanbridge (Aubrey Plaza – Happiest Season) has been running the publishing house she inherited from her father. After a series of failing YA-books and the non-stop stream of bad reviews, she’s ready to give up. That’s until she digs up an old contract with the presumed dead author, Harris Shaw (Michael Caine …

Other People – Film Review | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2021

“People who have experienced violence, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia, internet hate, fat phobia and other forms of bullying or who are struggling with an eating disorder are particularly at risk.” With that title card, Aleksandra Terpinska opens her feature debut, Other People (based on the novel by Dorota Maslowska) – a Polish …

The Noise of Engines – Film Review | SSIFF ’21

Being placed on leave from work, Alexandre (Robert Naylor) returns home to his quiet Canadian hometown. Soon, Alexandre becomes the center of an investigation into explicit drawings popping up around town. What stuck out to me most about The Noise of Engines is how much it seems to pay tribute to films such as Hot …