• The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★★

    A little late to this party but finally saying hello to 'The Farewell' and Lulu Wang's family tale is both heartbreaking and heart-warming.

    "Based on an actual lie" is what opens the picture as we learn that this "lie" is in fact a true story and partly based on the experiences of Wang and a common practice of Chinese culture. Going as far as the fact that Grandma Nai Nai's younger sister in the film, is actually played by Wang's…

  • The Forest of Love

    The Forest of Love

    ★★★★

    Words and phrases like "disturbing", "horrifying", "insane" and "not for the faint of heart" preceded my initial viewing of this film. While those descriptions are undeniably true, if you're a Sion Sono veteran then some of the imagery on display you have undoubtedly seen before at least to some degree. Having said that, there were more than a few moments that genuinely shocked even somebody used to the auteur's typical content.

    The basic plot outline is that of a conman…

  • Remy's Demons

    Remy's Demons

    If there’s any genre that can benefit from having a low-micro budget, it’s the horror genre. Horror often looks to portray itself in a very raw way that is close to home and the student-project style often can work very well. Take the endless amount of found-footage flicks within the genre as examples.

    Outside of the Hollywood realm however comes movies like Remy’s Demons, directed by Colin Bressler with his third movie on Amazon Prime which, with an actual micro-budget,…

  • The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

    The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

    ★★★

    You'd be forgiven if you thought that what would present itself is a guns-blazing, action filled exploitation flick- and there are times when it begins to feel like one, giving a few nods to the editing style of old-school grindhouse. 'The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot' feels like at least one of those two concepts could have been removed, like director Robert D. Krzykowski had two ideas for two movies and was told that the studio budget…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    Upon thinking of how to put down thoughts into writing regarding Charlie Kaufman's latest, a million thoughts popped up surrounding the best way to describe the experience. Attempting to not use the cliched word of "mindf*ck" considering that this gets thrown around a lot, however if ever there was a piece of cinema that stood up on a table and demanded the use of such word, it would be 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things.'

    Right from the opening scene, 'I'm…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    Adam Sandler turns in the jokes and the wigs for a film that sets out to remind everybody that the man does indeed possess dramatic acting chops.

    In Uncut Gems, Sandler is a Jewish-American gambler and jeweler in New York City who owes more gambling debts than there are bad movies in Sandler's filmography. Thankfully, Uncut Gems is not one of them.

    The Sadfie brothers continue to prove that the pair are masterminds of stressful cinema with sweat-inducing scenarios and…

  • Love Exposure

    Love Exposure

    ★★★★★

    Love Exposure is prolific auteur Sion Sono's four-hour-long (do not let that deter you) tale of love, lust, deception, sin, pornography, death and mistaken identities (not necessarily in that order). It tells the story of Yu Honda (Takahiro Nishijima), a well-behaved 17-year-old raised in a devout Christian family who becomes a sinner following a string of unfortunate events. He meets a beautiful girl named Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima) while dressed as a woman after being on the losing end of a…