Younger Days: Our Review of ‘Touch’

Theatrical ‐ July 12, 2024
Younger Days: Our Review of ‘Touch’

Baltasar Kormákur has potential for versatility, his previous work ranging from Scandinavian grit to Hollywood action. His two films I’ve seen centre on brave men, but this time, Kormákur sets his protagonist within a romantic setting. In depicting a protagonist, Kristofer Hanneson (Egill Ólafsson), flying for love despite of COVID, Touch is somehow Kormákur’s best […]

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Changing The Rules: Our Review of ‘Longlegs’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ July 12, 2024
Changing The Rules: Our Review of ‘Longlegs’

Sometimes…shit just hits different… In this business, hyperbole can be a beast but in theatres today; Longlegs takes the serial killer genre and turns it on its ear with a dark, slick and moody affair that seeps into your skin with a sense of visual brutality and a performance from Nicolas Cage that takes the […]

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Surrendering To The Insufferable: Our Review of ‘Fly Me To The Moon’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ July 12, 2024
Surrendering To The Insufferable: Our Review of ‘Fly Me To The Moon’

Sometimes you’ve just got to go with it… While there’s nothing about Fly Me To The Moon that’s terribly original as it tries to give us something that feels like The Right Stuff or Capricorn One by way of Frank Capra as it brings together two insufferable gorgeous people and gives them an excuse to […]

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Work: Our Review of ‘Receiver’

Work: Our Review of ‘Receiver’

George Kittle and his wife Claire are roasting marshmallows, one side getting more attention than the other. This is the kind of human side that viewers can see in Receiver, Netflix Sports’ new miniseries. It shows Kittle and his fellow receivers as good husbands, good boyfriends, good fathers, sons, you name it. Of course, Receiver […]

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OVID Takes Us To Niger: Our Review of ‘Zinder’

OVID Takes Us To Niger: Our Review of ‘Zinder’

In the Kara-Kara district of Zinder in Niger, the Palais Hitler – they don’t know who he is – hold tryouts. Like any gang or ‘palais,’ Palais Hitler has some standards on men they’ll admit to their ranks. The standard is how strong one looks when they bench press, making me feel like Zinder is […]

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Nothern Troubles: Our Review of ‘Escape’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ July 06, 2024
Nothern Troubles: Our Review of ‘Escape’

Arriving in select theatres this weekend from Well Go USA comes a South Korean film about defection in… Korea, Escape. The action film about a daring escape from a Northern soldier harkens back to the overtly nationalist action films from the US in the 80s and 90s in many ways. With a very stringent depiction […]

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Turn It Up: Our Review of ‘Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul’ on MUBI

Turn It Up: Our Review of ‘Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul’ on MUBI

One of the first stops at Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul is at a local recording studio. These interior spaces show that Istanbul is just like every city now, where guys put on expensive gold watches. These men are listening to award winning rapper Ceza, delivering fast words and rapping something about, um, […]

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Is All This Worth It?: Our Review of ‘June Zero’

Theatrical ‐ July 05, 2024
Is All This Worth It?: Our Review of ‘June Zero’

Adolf Eichmann (Alon Margalit) is spending 1962 in an Israeli prison and yet viewers barely see that justice inflicted. Jake Paltrow’s June Zero is tangentially about Eichmann and instead is about the colonisers and Sephardic Jewish people around him. One of those Sephardic Jewish people is young David Saada (Noam Ovadia), who uses his bilingual […]

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Subtle Moments Of Survival: Our Review of ‘Valley of Exile’

Movies, Theatrical ‐ July 05, 2024
Subtle Moments Of Survival: Our Review of ‘Valley of Exile’

When you are separated from your lives and support structures you truly have to look from within in order to find a way through. Valley of Exile is a genuinely stark but tender look at how sometimes we need to lean on the people next to us, no matter who they are in order to […]

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Tale as Old: Our Review of ‘Last Summer’

Theatrical ‐ July 04, 2024
Tale as Old: Our Review of ‘Last Summer’

Anne (Lea Drucker) is a successful lawyer living in rural France, living an expectedly bourgeois life with her sister. She’s also, obliviously, a protagonist in a Catherine Breillat film, which means that there’s a disruption in her life. In Last Summer, that disruption comes in the form of Theo (Samuel Kircher), a Gen-Z punk who […]

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