TIFF20 Review – ‘Underplayed’

Music documentaries usually focus on one artist’s career or get made posthumously, putting a spotlight on their fandom and personal struggles, because that’s what attracts the majority of viewers who want to see some inside scoops, they could otherwise just google. Stacey Lee‘s first feature Underplayed is not that kind of film. Instead she celebrates […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘Good Joe Bell’

Good Joe Bell deals with the subject of bullying and homophobia. The based on a true story father-son drama has some problems depicting the psychological trauma of getting bullied for being yourself and not having the support system necessary to get through the constant fear and intimidation. The reason for that is just like the […]

Review – ‘The New Mutants’

The final chapter in Fox’s X-Men Cinematic Universe has finally arrived. ‘The New Mutants‘ was originally slated for a mid-2018 release, but was then pushed back to 2019 for re-shoots that in the end never happened. After Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios) was finalized, the film got pushed back another […]

NZIFF Review – ‘Rūrangi’

New Zealand’s powerful new web-series offers genuine representation of Aotearoa’s transgender community in both performative and production roles. With a five-episode story arc, the debut season of Rūrangi explores issues that directly affect the trans community, including important conversations about mental health, familial tensions, and the impact we have on the environment. Burnt out trans […]

Netflix Review – ‘The Old Guard’

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond The Lights), The Old Guard is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks. With twists and turns lurking around every corner, Prince-Bythewood finds a way to keep the film grounded for the small […]

Netflix Review – ‘The Half of It’

Shy, straight-A student Ellie (Leah Lewis – Nancy Drew) is hired by sweet but inarticulate jock Paul (Daniel Diemer – Sacred Lies), who needs help winning over a popular girl. But their new and unlikely friendship gets complicated when Ellie discovers she has feelings for the same girl. You’d probably think, “oh, so this is […]

Netflix Review – ‘Hollywood’

Ryan Murphy, mostly known for creating iconic tv-series such as Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story and Glee, is ready to unleash a somewhat unconventional take on the Hollywood-dream. ‘Hollywood‘ is his second series made for Netflix (after 2019’s ‘The Politician‘) and is something we haven’t really seen from him before. Ian Brennan (Scream Queens) co-created ‘Hollywood‘, […]

Mardi Gras Film Festival Review – ‘Top 3’

Swedish animated film Top 3, part of this this year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival program, is straightforward and tells its story in a very unique way. In this funny, bittersweet romantic comedy, perpetual list-maker Anton (Eric Ernerstedt) falls in love with David (Jonas Jonsson), but things start to go awry when Anton realises that his […]

Netflix Review – ‘Messiah: Season 1’

“You are what you believe.” The religious-based thriller series, Messiah, is one of the first new Netflix Originals of 2020. Created by Michael Petroni, known for writing films such as, The Book Thief and The Rite, the story unfolds from the points of view of multiple narrators. When CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) uncovers […]

Stan Drops New Trailer For Highly Anticipated Return Series ‘The L Word: Generation Q’

The official trailer for the highly-anticipated new SHOWTIME® series THE L WORD: GENERATION Q has just been released. Premiering on Monday, 9 December, it’s the sequel to the groundbreaking drama series THE L WORD®, which originally ran from 2004 to 2009. The new series continues to follow the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) […]