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 …

Medusa – Film Review | Cannes 2021

Under cover of darkness, faces hidden by white masks and with God’s vengeful hand at their side, a group of psychotic sociopaths roam through the streets in search of loose women and beat them within an inch of their lives unless they agree into joining them as they travel to the kingdom of righteousness. Lead …

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 …