Review: Monochrome: the Chromism

While the film tries very hard to build suspense, there is too much exposition and not enough action. We meet the main characters and learn of their relationships to each other in the broadest terms and that is pretty much the entire film. A news reporter (Shashana Pearson) does her best to warn of impending doom but the tension never really ratchets up. The camera is repeatedly thrown out of focus when various characters are either physically or emotionally in crisis and this becomes a distraction. The acting is simply not strong enough to make us care for these people, whether they are facing the apocalypse or are oddly blending into Technicolor in addition to that. “Monochrome: the Chromism” may grow into a more solid story in future episodes but for now, it might be best to wait to see the whole series to get a clearer understanding of the plot. Continue reading Review: Monochrome: the Chromism

Review -Rose: A Love Story #LFF2020

“Rose: A Love Story” is the feature debut for director Jennifer Sheridan, about a married couple living an isolated existence in the woods near a little town in the north of England. Sam (Matt Stokoe) is a man whose life is lived in service to his loving wife Rose (Sophie Rundle) as she struggles with a mysterious illness. Rose’s days are spent indoors, with only a typewriter and a radio handy to keep her occupied in the couple’s dimly lit cabin, while Sam enjoys a separate daily life filled with light, hunting and gardening, and making sure the many locks installed on the outside of their house are secured. Continue reading Review -Rose: A Love Story #LFF2020

Wolfwalkers: #LFF2020 Review

Cartoon Saloon ranks alongside Laika as one of the most exciting animation studios emerging in this new century of cinema. Their style is akin to the classic 2D hand-drawn animation of old-school Disney. But, through their own loose linework, their films feel much more singular. If children’s picture books were given motion, the films of Cartoon Saloon is probably what they would look like. With “Wolfwalkers” (2020) gracing this year’s London Film Festival, Cartoon Saloon may have produced their best film yet. Continue reading Wolfwalkers: #LFF2020 Review

NIGHTSTREAM Review: Frank & Zed

Year: 2020 Runtime: 97 Minutes Director: Jesse Blanchard Writers: Jesse Blanchard Stars: Frank, Zed, Jerry Bell Jr., Aaron Booth,  Randolph F. Christen By Tom Moore Although horror comes in all different forms, there’re none like writer/director Jesse Blanchard’s sophomore feature “Frank & Zed” – a puppet horror film that’s a labour of love for the genre. The film is a simple gothic tale about a … Continue reading NIGHTSTREAM Review: Frank & Zed

NIGHTSTREAM Review: Mandibles

When the film that puts you on a lot of people’s radar is about a killer tire blowing people up and filled with B-movie dialogue, you make quite a unique first impression. Well, that’s what happened with French writer/director/DJ Quentin Dupieux when his horror? film “Rubber” put him on the map and gain cult following. Now after creating a bunch of genre-bending treks that mix in his unique style of comedy, Dupieux returns in 2020 with “Mandibles” – a comedy about two friends and their giant fly. Continue reading NIGHTSTREAM Review: Mandibles

Fantasia Festival Review: Climate of the Hunter

The newest film from veteran indie auteur Mickey Reece, “Climate of the Hunter”, is a vintage vampiric horror story set fittingly in a cabin in the woods and right between a feud between two sisters.

The film takes us into the reunion between three longtime friends at a vacation cabin in the woods. Sisters Alma (Ginger Gilmartin), who is recently divorced, and Elizabeth (Mary Buss), a workaholic living in Washington D.C., are constantly quarrelling about their positions in life and slightly competing for the attention of their longtime friend Wesley (Ben Hall). While Wesley is a prolific and sophisticated writer, he has plenty of family issues of his own as his wife is in a mental clinic and his son Percy (Sheridan McMichael) doesn’t like him. However, as Wesley’s nightly behavior and ritual become noticeably stranger, one question starts to become more prevalent and pertinent – is Wesley a vampire? Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: Climate of the Hunter

Fantasia Film Festival Review: Dinner in America

Ever so rarely does a film so jaw-clenchingly vexatious on the onset ever end well for me. Writer-director Adam Rehmeier’s film began, and thirty minutes in I was cringing. We’re introduced to two vapid caricatures and we wince at the notion that we will have to spend nearly two hours with them as the story meanders listlessly. 

However, the two vapid–or so I thought–caricatures eventually meet up, and become the players of the biggest plot twist of 2020 so far: a film that I hated so much in its opening minutes ended up winning my heart in the end. Heck, it’s impossible to believe that this charmer came from the mind behind 2011’s exploitative “The Bunny Game”. Continue reading Fantasia Film Festival Review: Dinner in America

Greenpoint Film Festival Review: Locked Away

To create a feature length film primarily within one location, and one character can seem like an extreme task, but Yung-Jen Yan effectively did so in his thriller ‘Locked Alone.’ The narrative follows a young woman (Claire Hsu) moving into a Manhattan apartment. A seemingly nice location, affordable apartment and the world at her feet. However, she soon finds out that it is far from the American Dream-like life she was hoping for, as an unwelcomed presence locks her in the apartment, isolated and with minimal resources. Continue reading Greenpoint Film Festival Review: Locked Away