Spiral (2020)

Spiral (2020)

Directed by: Kurtis David Harder. Starring: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Laporte. Runtime: 1h 27 min. This film is now streaming on Shudder in the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand as of Sept. 17. Malik (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman) and Aaron (Ari Cohen) are a same sex-couple who move to a small town from Chicago [...]

TIFF 2020 – Concrete Cowboy (2020)

TIFF 2020 – Concrete Cowboy (2020)

Directed by: Ricky Staub. Starring: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Lorraine Toussaint. Runtime: 1h 51 min. Released: This film premiered at TIFF as part of the Gala Presentations on Sept. 13, 2020. When picking the films I wanted to watch for this year’s TIFF, I picked Ricky Staub’s Concrete Cowboy because of Idris Elba. I’m glad [...]

TIFF 2020 – One Night in Miami (2020)

TIFF 2020 – One Night in Miami (2020)

A fictionalized night based on real events, this film hooks from its introductions. We see the characters doing what they do best – Clay fighting, Sam singing (at the Copacabana), Malcolm X speaking. Strangely, instead of playing football we meet Jim Brown on a porch speaking with a white benefactor called Mr. Carlton (Beau Bridges), where the banter is quick and the dialogue entertaining, as they speak to each other like old friends because of Jim’s fame. Then, Carlton drops a bomb, reminding Jim him that he is Black and Mr. Carlton is white. He says what he says so casually and with a laugh that it is shocking given the dynamic 15 seconds before.

TIFF 2020: Penguin Bloom (2020)

TIFF 2020: Penguin Bloom (2020)

Directed by: Glendyn Ivin. Starring: Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Rachel House. Runtime: 1h 35 min. Released: This film played at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2020. The Bloom family is tested after its matriarch, Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts), falls off a roof during a vacation in Thailand. She breaks her back and [...]

Trilogy Review: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) and Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

Trilogy Review: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) and Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

A trilogy review featuring reviews of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and the latest film, Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020).

Filmcraziest Interviews – Ben and Jacob Burghart on their short film Suspense

Filmcraziest Interviews – Ben and Jacob Burghart on their short film Suspense

On this episode of Filmcraziest Interviews, I’m joined by writing and directing brothers Ben and Jacob Burghart, whose short film Suspense (my review here) recently premiered at Fantasia Film Festival with The Block Island Sound.

The film stars Jelani Talib and Robert Coppage III and is written and directed by Ben and Jacob Burghart. It follows an army pilot who finds himself suspended from a canopy of trees above the forest floor by his parachute. After contacting his co-pilot, they realize there’s something stalking them in the dark.

Fantasia 2020 – The Legend of Baron T’oa (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – The Legend of Baron T’oa (2020)

Directed by: Kiel McNaughton. Starring: Uli Latukefu, Nathanial Lees, Jay Laga’aia. Runtime: 1h 43 min. Released: This film had its North American Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on September 2, 2020. In Kiel McNaughton’s directorial debut, The Legend of Baron T’oa, he creates a larger-than-life world on a small cul-de-sac in New Zealand, where the [...]

Fantasia 2020 Short Films – A Strange Calm, Break Us, Dead Birds and Regret

Fantasia 2020 Short Films – A Strange Calm, Break Us, Dead Birds and Regret

My last batch of short film reviews out of Fantasia Film Festival, including Austin Rourke's "A Strange Calm," Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair's "Break Us," Santiago Menghini's "Regret" and Johnny Kenton's "Dead Birds."