Review – ‘The Sinners’

You’d think Pretty Little Liars meets Se7en would have a little more skin on its bones than what The Sinners cooks up, but alas this after school special is just as exciting as watching paint dry. Seven students at a Catholic high school form a secret clique where each of them embody one of the …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘‘Til Kingdom Come’

‘‘Til Kingdom Come,’ a shrewd and straightforward documentary featured in this year’s official selection of Sydney’s Jewish International Film Festival, opens in what remains of the community of Binghamtown, a former coal town in Eastern Kentucky ravaged by abject poverty and substance abuse, with little to keep the people together but the Bingham dynasty of …

The Fifth Element. Humanity’s Last Hope.

Religion’s contributing role in the creation of lasting science-fiction films. Since the beginning of the 20th century, a plethora of sci-fi films have been produced which mirror reality with a slight exaggeration or twist. Many have themes of dystopian post-apocalyptic worlds like Mad Max, Waterworld, or the infamous Terminator series. Some may be based on …

Review – ‘Saint Maud’

There’s a rosary pinned beside Maud’s bed of one, an open bag and neatly arranged possessions give the façade of an organised life and maybe mind. When Maud (Morfydd Clark) prays to God, it is slow and concise and it sounds more like a chat. Like He’s on the other end of the line, like …

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 …