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’), …

Short Film Review – ‘Five Tiger’

A god-fearing woman finds herself in a transactional relationship as she tries to support her sick husband and daughter. ‘Five Tiger’ (refers to fifty rand – equal to 0.20 USD) takes place in present day South Africa, but transcends any sense of time or location. A woman bites through blood, sweet and tears, while working …

TIFF20 Review – ‘Saint-Narcisse’

Canadian director extraordinaire Bruce La Bruce graces TIFF20’s program with his latest schlockfest ‘Saint-Narcisse’. La Bruce takes us back to the 70s, where we meet the 22 year-old narcissist Dominic. Taking Polaroid selfies every opportunity he gets, he constantly turns himself on by looking at his own reflection. When his grandmother dies, he discovers his …

Netflix Review – ‘Cursed’ Season 1

CURSED (L TO R) KATHERINE LANGFORD as NIMUE in episode 104 of CURSED Cr. Netflix © 2020 Netflix has always been ambitious. But where competing streaming services like HBO rather choose quality over quantity, it seems the aforementioned doesn’t always care about that concept. While HBO wins with almost every show they put out there …

Retro Review – ‘Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood’ (1996)

In the second feature film based on the iconic Tales from the Crypt comics/series ‘Bordello of Blood’, the Crypt Keeper returns to tell the story of a funeral parlor that moonlights as a vampire bordello. After Universal Pictures’ commercial success ‘Demon Knight’, this sequel was a complete box office flop and disliked by critics all …

Doc Edge Festival Review – ‘The Prophet and the Space Aliens’

What is the difference between a cult and a religion? And why do some of us believe a man was able to part the sea in half to create a path, but can’t believe the story about a man who received a prophecy from extraterrestrials? After receiving a mysterious invitation from the Raelians to accept …

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 …

Netflix Review – ‘Eli’

“The devil always lies.” – Rose Included in the 2015 Blacklist for top unproduced screenplays (written by the guys who wrote ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’), this Paramount production was purchased last year by Netflix. When a boy with some sort of auto-immune disorder, arrives at a treatment facility with his parents, he hopes to …