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 …

13 Minutes – Film Review

_MG_0114.jpg 13 Minutes is a different breed of disaster movie. Unlike Twister or Into the Storm, it focuses more on the characters of a small town in the midwest and the problems that (dis)connect them from each other. The largest tornado on record threatens to ravage a small town, leaving residents with only 13 minutes …

Review – Moffie

Kai Luke Brummer as “Nicholas” in Oliver Hermanus’ MOFFIE. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films release. Not since Top Gun has there been a movie dripping with toxic masculinity and homoeroticism. In 1981 Apartheid is still thriving in South Africa and 16 year old Nicholas (Kai Luke Brümmer) has been drafted into the army …

Review – ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

“What would you tell your son about what you did then?” This question is asked of LaKeith Stanfield’s William O’Neal in the opening scene of Shaka King’s newest film ‘Judas and the Black Messiah,’ but it could just as easily be directed at the audience, asked to reflect on what role we’ve all played in our current …

Netflix Review – ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020): (L to R) Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Colman Domingo as Cutler, Viola Davis as Ma Rainey, Michael Potts as Slow Drag, and Glynn Turman as Toldeo. Cr. David Lee / Netflix After a mixed bag of Netflix Originals to get them to join in on the conversation (ahum ‘Hillbilly Elegy’), …

TIFF20 Review – ‘Beans’

Based on true events, Tracey Deer’s feature debut relives the 78-day standoff between two Mohawk communities and government forces in 1990 in Quebec, seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old Mohawk girl named Beans. Most of us know Canadians are kind and loving people, but even they have a dark past that can’t be forgotten. …

TIFF20 Review – ‘One Night In Miami…’

Regina King’s feature directing debut with drama ‘One Night in Miami…’, from a screenplay by Kemp Powers based upon his original stage play of the same name, is the crowdpleasing TIFF20 film you should be watching. Blending entertainment and activism, fame and principle, together on one fabled evening to remember. One Night in Miami… imagines a night in …

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 …

Review – ‘Les Misérables’

“Remember this, my friends, there are no such things as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators.” VICTOR HUGOLes Misérables A cop from the provinces moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm. Over the course of …

Review – ‘Black Christmas’

“Did you just ‘not all men’ me?” – Kris 1974’s slasher flick ‘Black Christmas’ is a classically overlooked horror in which a group of sorority girls get stalked during the titular holiday period. When 2006’s unnecessary trashy remake got critically slammed, it was a big surprise when producer Jason Blum announced another remake to be …