Review: Ike Boys

Year: 2021 Runtime:  88 minutes Director: Eric McEver Writer: Eric McEver and Jeff Hammer Cast: Quinn Lord, Ronak Gandhi, Christina Higa, Billy Zane, Yumiko Shaku, Ben Browder By Harris Dang Set in the last week of 1999, “Ike Boys” (2021) (pronounced ee-kay) tells the story of Shawn and Vik (Quinn Lord and Ronak Gandhi), two bubbly yet socially inept teenagers who share a love of … Continue reading Review: Ike Boys

The Souvenir: Part II: NYFF Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 106 minutes Director: Joanna Hogg Writers: Joanna Hogg Actors: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Charlie Heaton, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade By Tom Moore Joanna Hogg’s follow-up to her 2019 breakout film “The Souvenir” is a major milestone on multiple levels. Sequels are pretty rare in the indie film scene, so it’s pretty impactful that “The Souvenir: Part II” sees Hogg creating her … Continue reading The Souvenir: Part II: NYFF Review

Titane: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 104 minutes Director: Julia Ducournau Writers: Julia Ducournau, Jacques Akchoti, Jean-Christophe Bouzy, Simonetta Greggio Actors: Agatha Rouselle, Vincent Lindon, Garance Marillier, Lais Salameh, Mara Cisse, Myriem Akheddiou, Betrand Bonello, Marin Judas, Diong-Keba Tacu, Dominique Frot By Tom Moore Julia Ducournau delivered one of the most iconic debuts with “Raw” back in 2016 that left stomachs swirling with its visceral cannibalistic horrors and … Continue reading Titane: NYFF 2021 Review

Bergman Island: NYFF 2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 112 Minutes Director: Mia Hansen-Love Writer(s): Mia Hansen-Love Stars: Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska and Anders Danielsen Lie By Tom Moore The latest from writer/director Mia Hansen-Love is an ode to one of film’s most prolific directors that explores inspiration in an isolated place. The film follows a couple’s retreat to the titular “Bergman Island”(2021), dubbed so because of legendary director Ingmar … Continue reading Bergman Island: NYFF 2021 Review

Silent Night: TIFF21 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 90 Minutes Director: Camille Griffin Writer(s): Camille Griffin Stars: Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Annabelle Wallis, Lucy Punch, Sope Dirisu By Tom Moore Writer/director Camille Griffin returns with a Christmas film that removes the warm, glitzy holiday cheer for a dark comedy that dives into the human psyche surrounding impending death. “Silent Night”(2021) opens in a way that feels pretty … Continue reading Silent Night: TIFF21 Review

You Are Not My Mother: TIFF21 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 93 minutes Writer/Director: Kate Dolan Actors: Hazel Doupe, Carolyn Bracken By Caz Armstrong This low budget Irish horror was written and directed by Kate Dolan. It centres around mental illness, family ties, and the paranormal to bring us a drama which is more atmospheric than scary. Char (Hazel Doupe) is quiet, intelligent, trying to look after her mum and grandma at home … Continue reading You Are Not My Mother: TIFF21 Review

Violet: TIFF21 Review

The film is distressing and overwhelming in parts but ultimately encourages us all to overcome self-doubt and negativity, and to reach for our goals. You never know what success you might find if you undo the chains that hold you down and took a leap of faith in yourself. Continue reading Violet: TIFF21 Review