Canadian Film Fest 2021: Our Review of ‘Woman in Car’

Canadian Film Fest 2021: Our Review of ‘Woman in Car’

Vanya Rose’s Woman in Car belongs within the subgenre of drama films where the protagonist is a woman on the verge. It’s a subgenre with a surprising crossover appeal because it has women who might kill someone. That possible homicidal lead is Helene Joy playing Anne, staring silently as other characters speak in muffled volumes around her. The cinematography captures her with a lens deserving of such a sophisticate, exercising like a bourgeois white woman in her 40s would. But she, a trophy wife, have other reasons for doing so. She is a former archer turned fiancée of a businessman …

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Canadian Film Fest 2021: Our Review of ‘White Elephant’

Canadian Film Fest 2021: Our Review of ‘White Elephant’

White Elephant‘s opening credits make it look like it’s a pilot or a cheap pre-pilot. Although yes, it’s in bad form to criticize Canadian films for their budgets. It is a film of ennui within the hallways of a high school in the border of Scarborough/Markham circa 1996. One of the children loitering those hallways is Pooja (Zaarin Bushra). She’s bored with the same crap that her friends like Manpreet (Gurleen Singh) and Amit (Dulmika Hapuarachchi) do. That boredom fuels her crush towards a white boy. That boy is Trevor (Jesse Naismith) who hangs out at her school.

Pooja is a …

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Tragicomic: Our Review of the ‘Oscar Shorts: Live Action’ of 2021

Many people who write about films say that nobody watches the Oscars anymore, or that people are losing interest in the Oscars. But to yours truly, part of the Academy Awards is to speculate on the winners. It would be nice to watch some of the films that got nominations below the line, which yours truly did. There are better short films but the five that got nominations for live action short film are decent.

The first is Tomer Shushan’s White Eye. Here, an Israeli man (Daniel Gad) faces the consequences of reporting a bike that someone stole from him. This is …

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Dangerous Rides: Our Review of ‘Concrete Cowboy’

Dangerous Rides: Our Review of ‘Concrete Cowboy’

Concrete Cowboy fictionalizes the real life struggles of a Black Philadelphia stables club and the fictional part comes with one of the club’s reluctant members, Cole (Caleb McLaughlin). Cole’s road to the club is a long one. The film begins with him getting into fights and facing expulsions and police encounters in Detroit. His exasperated mother Amahle (Liz Priestley) thinks that the only choice for him is to live with his estranged father in Philadelphia. Cole’s father, club member Harp (Idris Elba), has some house rules that he breaks within one night.

Harp kicks him out, forcing him to beg several neighbors …

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Physical Leaps: Our Review of ‘Sugar Daddy’

Physical Leaps: Our Review of ‘Sugar Daddy’

Most starving artists die young, sorry if that’s a morbid thought but it’s true. That death either comes literally or through a job, although there’s that one percent who keep being artists and stay successful doing so. Wendy Morgan’s Sugar Daddy shows that fork in the road of a musician’s life. The musician in question is Darren (Kelly McCormack), who loses another catering job, making her hundreds of dollars short on rent. That last job, though, got her in contact with another woman. And that woman recommended that she sign on to a website where she can meet a bunch …

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Knuckle Up And Throw Down: Our Review of ‘Godzilla vs Kong’

Knuckle Up And Throw Down: Our Review of ‘Godzilla vs Kong’

Sometimes the simple ways are the best…

The Monsterverse simply drops its next chapter like a rapper does a microphone…

LADIES  & GENTLEMEN…in this corner its film fans from all across the globe looking forward to some good old fashion escapist monster action.  And in this corner…it’s Godzilla vs. Kong which is delivering an unequivocal knock out which will easily vault this film into the rankings of one of the most profitable of 2021…plus it’s actually pretty good.

Legends collide as Godzilla and Kong, the two most powerful forces of nature, clash on the big screen in a spectacular battle for the ages. …

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Out of Place: Our Review of ‘The Conductor’

Out of Place: Our Review of ‘The Conductor’

The Conductor tells the story of Antonia Brico (Christiane de Bruijn). Before she was Brico, she was Wilhelmina or Willy, living in 1920s New York. Or at least, the film tries hard to convince its viewers of its 1920s New York setting. Even the American actors don’t sound American. Anyway, she works as a pianist at a drag bar. It’s typical, if not delightfully so, to show the past’s prurient side to prove that the early 20th century wasn’t just a time of repression and misogyny. Although Willy will experience a lot of that since bar work isn’t her endgame. …

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Resorting to Extremes: Our Review of ‘Say Your Prayers’

Resorting to Extremes: Our Review of ‘Say Your Prayers’

Recent films about killing have, surprisingly, a comic streak to them and sometimes Harry Michell’s Say Your Prayers fits into that mold. What’s different here, to his credit, is its wavy approach within the subgenre. He treats his viewers to a chorus and the picturesque landscapes of Ilkley, England. It’s a small town where a couple walking their dogs are inevitably going to find a dead body. It eventually returns to the two brothers responsible for that violent death, Tim (Harry Melling) and Vic (Tom Brooke).

Tim and Vic killed that man because he looked like Huxley (Roger Allam). He’s a …

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The Superhero Movie We Probably Needed: Our Review of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ on 4K Blu-Ray

Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies ‐ March 30, 2021
The Superhero Movie We Probably Needed: Our Review of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ on 4K Blu-Ray

Sometimes the weight of expectation doesn’t always bear out…

By an unnameable law of the universe in most cases, movie sequels are lesser then those that came before them.  While Wonder Woman 1984 is ultimately no exception to that rule, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a hell of a lot of fun.

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord (Pedro Pascal) and The Cheetah (Kirsten Wiig).

Yeah; Wonder Woman 1984 is overlong and a little bloated, but Gadot and co-writer/director Patty Jenkins still get the job done thanks to …

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Bring Home the ‘Goreman’: Our Review of ‘Psycho Goreman’ on DVD

Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies ‐ March 29, 2021

Director Steven Kostanski may pay the bills with makeup and visual effects gigs on big-name shows and movies like Star Trek: Discovery, Suicide Squad, It, and Crimson Peak, to name a few, but his heart will never stray far from the beloved ’80s and 90’s low budget schlock fests that he loves and emulates from behind the camera. In his latest low budget, practical effects-driven gore fest, after his previous films The Void and Manborg, Kostanski does his best to show us what might have happened if the kids from 80’s cult classic The Monster Squad had discovered a supernatural homicidal maniac bent on destroying the earth, instead of …

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