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

Fantasia Festival Review: It’s A Summer Film!

Year: 2020 Runtime: 97 minutes Director: Soushi Matsumoto Writer: Soushi Matsumoto Cast: Marika Ito, Daichi Kaneko, Yuumi Kawai, Kilala Inori By Harris Dang Set in present day Japan, “It’s a Summer Film“(2020) tells the story of Barefoot (Marika Ito), an overeager cineaste who loves jidaigeki (period dramas) and chambara (samurai stories) pictures. She becomes tired by the oversaturation of the romantic comedy genre — as made … Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: It’s A Summer Film!

Cannes Film Festival Review: Medusa

Year: 2021 Runtime: 128 minutes Director: Anita Rocha de Silveira Writer: Anita Rocha de Silveira Cast: Mari Oliveira, Lara Tremouroux, Thiago Fragoso, Joana Medeiros, Felipe Frazão, Bruna Linzmeyer, Bruna G By Harris Dang Set-in present-day Brazil, “Medusa” (2021) tells the story of Mariana (Mari Oliveira), a young, precise and exuberant woman who strives for perfection on her self-worth through her duties with her Christian group … Continue reading Cannes Film Festival Review: Medusa

Review: SLAXX

The thing about good horror movies that makes them stand out of the proverbial landfill of mediocrity is that the filmmakers know that the stories need more than just gore and jump scares to satiate audiences. Filmmakers know that you need a striking premise and solid ideas behind the tropes of horror in order to make a standout film; ideas that are reflective of factors of life that audiences are either familiar with or have a chance to be illuminated by something they are unfamiliar with. Continue reading Review: SLAXX

Review: Max Cloud

Year: 2020 Runtime: 88 minutes Director: Martin Owen Writer: Sally Collett & Martin OWen Stars: Scott Adkins, Tommy Flanagan, Lashana Lynch, Elliot Langridge, Sally Collett, Franz Drameh and John Hannah By Harris Dang “The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud” (2020) (or Max Cloud for short). Now that is a title that many people would get behind. It sounds nostalgic due to how referential it is … Continue reading Review: Max Cloud

Review: I’m Your Woman

Year: 2020 Runtime: 120 minutes Director: Julia Hart Writer: Julia Hart & Jordan Horowitz Stars: Rachel Brosnahan, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Arinzé Kene, Frankie Faison, Bill Heck By Harris Dang Set in the 1970’s, Rachel Brosnahan stars as Jean, a suburban housewife who is living a seemingly uneventful life, filling her time with sunbathing and lounging. She is married to and supported by the shifty Eddie … Continue reading Review: I’m Your Woman

Review: Vanguard

Year: 2020 Runtime: 110 minutes Director/Writer: Stanley Tong Stars: Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Miya Muqi, Ai Lun, Zhu Zhengting, Fady Zaky, Xu Ruo Han, Jackson Lou By Harris Dang Remember decades ago, when an upcoming project from martial arts superstar Jackie Chan was a joyous occasion? When he used to make projects that combined his amazing stuntwork, his affable charisma and his comedic chops to … Continue reading Review: Vanguard