Fantasia Festival Review: The Righteous

Year: 2021 Runtime:  97 minutes Director: Mark O’Brien Writer: Mark O’Brien Cast: Henry Czerny, Mimi Kuzyk, Mark O’Brien, Kate Corbett By Harris Dang “The Righteous” (2021) tells the story of Frederic and Ethel Mason (Henry Czerny and Mimi Kuzyk), a grieving married couple who are in mourning after the tragic passing of their daughter. Frederic, in particular, has his sense of faith shattered after the … Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: The Righteous

Fantasia Festival Review: Hellbender

Year: 2021 Runtime:  83 minutes Director: John Adams, Zelda Adams and Toby Poser Writer: John Adams, Zelda Adams and Toby Poser Cast: Zelda Adams, Toby Poser, Lulu Adams, John Adams By Harris Dang “Hellbender” (2021) tells the story of Izzy (a believably pensive Zelda Adams), a young teenager who has a rare affliction that keeps her secluded in her home in the mountains with her … Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: Hellbender

Review: The Magnificent Meyersons

Year: 2021 Runtime: 88 minutes Director/Writer: Evan Oppenheimer Actors: Kate Mulgrew, Richard Kind, Barbara Barrie, Shoshannah Stern, Neal Huff, Melissa Errico, Daniel Eric Gold, Ian Kahn, Jackie Burns, Lauren Ridloff By Joan Amenn New Yorkers are typically depicted as neurotic and cynical in most films. While the rest of the country may still find the shtick amusing, it can get a little tired. Fortunately, there … Continue reading Review: The Magnificent Meyersons

Exclusive Interview with Angela How, Director of “Bullied”

After watching Angela How’s hard-hitting and very real drama/thriller “Bullied” I was very keen to speak to her about the development of the film and her inspiration behind it. As a child I was subjected to bullying at school and it did have a significant impact on my overall perception of myself and my confidence. I found myself really relating to the character of Charlotte (played by the brilliant Jacinta Klassen) and I wasn’t quite aware of how much the film had impacted me until afterwards when I was coming up with the questions for How. There’s such a rawness and sense of realism, that this story could have only come from someone who had lived through the effects of bullying. In this interview below, How discusses her inspiration behind the picture, the struggles of casting and the female filmmakers who influenced her as well as her next upcoming project which sounds fascinating. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Angela How, Director of “Bullied”

Review: Escape From Mogadishu

Year: 2021 Runtime: 121 minutes Director: Ryoo Seung-wan Writer: Lee Gi-cheol, Ryoo Seung-wan Cast: Kim Yoon-seok, Jo In-sung, Heo Joon-ho, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim So-jin, Jung Man-sik, Kim Jae-hwa, Park Kyung-hye By Harris Dang “Escape from Mogadishu” (2021) tells the true story of two rival diplomats, the South Korean ambassador of Somalia Han Sin-seong (Kim Yoon-seok) and the North Korean ambassador of Somalia Rim Yong-su (Heo … Continue reading Review: Escape From Mogadishu

Bentonville Film Festival Review: Catch the Fair One

Year: 2021 Duration: 85 minutes Directed by: Josef Kubota Wladyka Written by: Kali Reis, Josef Kubota Wladyka Starring: Kali Reis, Kevin Dunn, Daniel Henshall, Kimberly Guerrero Revenge thrillers have become a growing sub-genre that have re-launched the careers of some and created new major franchises. Most tend to feature a general plot centered around the idea of revenge or reclaiming something that’s been taken surrounded … Continue reading Bentonville Film Festival Review: Catch the Fair One

Fantasia Festival Review: Raging Fire

Year: 2021 Runtime:  126 minutes Director: Benny Chan Writer: Benny Chan, Ryan Ling, Tong Yiu-ling Cast: Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse, Qin Lan, Ray Lui, Ben Yuen, Ben Lam, Ken Lo, Carlos Chan, Patrick Tam, Jeana Ho, Kenny Wong, Deep Ng, Simon Yam By Harris Dang Set-in modern-day Hong Kong, “Raging Fire” (2021) tells the story of police detective Bong (Donnie Yen), a resilient man who … Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: Raging Fire

Time to Be Honest: Depression, Film And Me

“So, for how long have you been depressed for?” This was the question once posed to me by a counsellor during our first counselling session. “I dunno.” I shrugged in response. “Ever since I was a kid, I think.” It sounds like an exaggeration but to some extent, it’s true. In my life there have been two consistencies: depression and film. Both elements are so entwined in my life that it’s easier for me to recall the events of a film rather than the events of my life. Continue reading Time to Be Honest: Depression, Film And Me

Fantasia Festival Review: King Knight

Year: 2021 Runtime:  81 minutes Director: Richard Bates Jr. Writer: Richard Bates Jr. Cast: Matthew Gray Gluber, Angela Sarafyan, AnnaLynne McCord, Nelson Franklin, Emily Chang, Johnny Pemberton, Josh Fadem, Kate Comer, Andy Milonakis, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Shane Brady, Barbara Crampton and Ray Wise By Harris Dang “King Knight” (2021) tells the story of a Wiccan couple, Thorn (Matthew Gray Gluber) and Willow (Angela Sarafyan), a … Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: King Knight