The Rider is a western that offers the opposite attitude from most alpha -male, macho- driven Westerns, and indeed some today’s of society itself. The attitude of pushing through pain, never thinking about quitting despite drastic circumstances. You aren’t a man if you don’t… Continue Reading “THE RIDER ”
The Captain (Der Hauptmann) is an impressive, sad but darkly funny example of the notion that power corrupts not just the individual but those he influences. It is portrayed at a gradual and steady pace. Based in the final days of the war where… Continue Reading “THE CAPTAIN  (DER HAUPTMANN)”
Barring the inimitable Dr. Strangelove, The Death of Stalin is perhaps the funniest comic political recreation in history. It succeeds in taking the death of a leader and turning it into a comic treasure, with the laughs beginning during the first scene. The plot… Continue Reading “THE DEATH OF STALIN ”
An interesting experience, this film successfully depicts the intentional rebellious nature of Punk Rock while blending it within a fantasy film and a love story. Perhaps the only drawback is the lack of punk action; it starts off prevalent but dies down as a… Continue Reading “HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES ”
An interesting take on the refugee crisis that is sweeping Europe, this Finnish film manages to insert deadpan comedy within a complex drama about a man who has made it to Finland from Aleppo, Syria, fleeing the war with his sister. After country hopping… Continue Reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Toivon tuolla puolen) ”
Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com Trench warfare has rarely been depicted in such a rough, emotional and visceral way. World War II seems to be the popular choice for war films, that or the Middle East, so Journey’s End is a refreshing experience that is… Continue Reading “JOURNEY’S END ”
Unfortunately messages like this need to be a part of blockbuster superhero films, as an emotional drama simply doesn’t appeal to the masses. Sad, but the reality we live in. Mudbound starts slow but it is soon evident that the film has a powerful… Continue Reading “MUDBOUND ”
Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com The Mountain of SGaana starts with a fisherman buried in his phone, until he sees the ‘mouse woman’, a character from Haida mythology, who begins to knit a spiritual universe that the skipper is far from ready for. Once we… Continue Reading “SHORT FILM: The Mountain of SGaana ”
Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com Based on a true story circa early 1940’s Belfast, fictionalised to make for a family movie, Zoo centres around Tom, a young teen whose father has left home to fight for his country. He worked at the local zoo, which… Continue Reading “ZOO ”
In what could be labelled as an Outback Western, Warwick Thornton’s second foray into directing after making a splash with Samson and Delilah in 2009- another film revolving around Aboriginal struggles- is again a searing and confronting film that may prove shocking to those… Continue Reading “SWEET COUNTRY ”
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