Short Film Review – ‘Oleander’

Kate Hackett, who most recently won an Emmy for her editing work on the Netflix documentary series ‘Cheers‘, has made a short film that centers around the 17-year old titular character, Oleander. The sex-positive YouTuber’s parents make her attend a local abstinence program, called “The Institute of Transformation”, or as Oleander (Emily Robinson – ‘Eighth […]

TIFF20 Review – ‘Passion Simple’

The second film on our #TIFF20 schedule has taken a turn for the worse. Danielle Arbid (‘Parisienne‘) takes on Annie Ernaux’s autobiographical fiction novel that focuses intensively and almost exclusively on the passion our protagonist has for a man with whom she has an affair. Once one of the hottest books in France, now one […]

Fantasia International Film Festival Review – ‘Fried Barry’

‘Fried Barry‘ is a South African film, based on the 2017 short film of the same name. When lousy dad/husband and heroine junkie Barry gets abducted by aliens, he finds his body taken over by an extraterrestrial entity, who’s ready to explore Cape Town in the wildest way possible. Sex, drugs and violence take center […]

Retro Review – ‘Basic Instinct’

Paul Verhoeven‘s erotic thriller got panned by critics back in 1992. Over the decades however, the cult classic has been praised as a genre changer by fans and compared to Hitchcock’s work, as if it’s a contemporary version of Vertigo. Can it stand the test of time or has ‘Basic Instinct‘ aged like milk?! From […]

Review – ‘Endings, Beginnings’

Bad breakups, toxic behaviour and fear of your own thoughts, that’s exactly what Daphne (Shailene Woodley – Big Little Lies) is dealing with in ‘Endings, Beginnings‘. Living in her sister’s guesthouse, she regularly witnesses her sibling and her brother-in-law fighting, which not only aggravates Daphne’s growing despair regarding long-term love, but on top of that […]