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

Fantasia Film Review: Blue Whale

Year: 2021 Runtime:  93 minutes Director: Anna Zaytseva Writer: Anna Zaytseva, Evgeniya Bogomyakova, Olga Klemesheva Cast: Anna Potebnya, Timofey Eletskiy, Ekaterina Stulova, Diana Shulmina, Olga Pipchenko, Polina Vataga, Pavel Yulku, Daniil Kiselev By Harris Dang Set in present Russia, “Blue Whale” (2021) [also known under the title of #Blue_Whale] tells the story of Dana (Anna Potebnya), an unruly, defiant teenage girl who is going through … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: Blue Whale

Fantasia Film Review: The Sadness

Year: 2021 Runtime: 99 minutes Director: Rob Jabbaz Writer: Rob Jabbaz Cast: Berant Zhu, Regina Lei, Wang Tzu-chiang  By Harris Dang Set in modern day Taipei, “The Sadness” (2021) tells the story of Jack (Berant Zhu) and Kat (Regina Lei), a young couple who live together and are in a bit of a standstill in their relationship. He thinks that he should focus on his … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: The Sadness

Fantasia Film Review: Martyrs Lane

Year: 2021 Runtime:  96 minutes Director: Ruth Platt Writer: Ruth Platt Cast: Kiera Thompson, Denise Gough, Sienna Sayer, Hanna Rae By Harris Dang “Martyrs Lane” (2021) tells the story of Leah (Kiera Thompson), a young 10-year-old girl who lives with her family up in a rectory. The family is always active in the day, but there is something off with the sense of normalcy, something … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: Martyrs Lane

Fantasia Festival Review: Glasshouse

Year: 2021 Runtime: 94 minutes Director: Kelsey Egan Writer: Emma De Wet, Kelsey Egan Cast: Jessica Alexander, Adrienne Pearce, Hilton Pelser, Anja Taljaard, Brent Vermeulen By Harris Dang Set in the not-too-distant dystopian future, “Glasshouse” (2021) tells the story of a family living in – you guessed it! – a glasshouse. The titular structure is set to protect the family from a toxin known as … Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: Glasshouse

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: 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

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

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