Luz: The Flower of Evil (2020)

Luz: The Flower of Evil (2020)

In Juan Diego Escobar Alzate’s feature debut, Luz: The Flower of Evil, there’s a focus on man corrupting nature and corrupting everything he touches. This man is a preacher called El Señor (Conrado Osorio) who leads a small commune in the mountains. One day, he brings back a child he calls Jesús (Johan Camacho) who will be the new Messiah. Coinciding with this, his “daughters” Uma (Yuri Vargas), Zion (Sharon Guzman) and Laila (Andrea Esquivel), who is his only birth daughter, are coming-of-age and begin to challenge his teachings.   This aspect of the film challenging him is fascinating, especially when Laila finds a music player in the woods and El Señor claims that this is “the devil’s music.” There’s a lovely discussion by the three “sisters” as they discuss what she found and discuss a music box given to them by their mother, the titular Luz. Luz’s presence is felt throughout the film, as some members of the commune believe her death has brought bad luck to the small commune as the tree where El Señor buried her has not yet bloomed.

Filmcraziest Interviews, Juan Diego Escobar Alzate for his film Luz: The Flower of Evil

Filmcraziest Interviews, Juan Diego Escobar Alzate for his film Luz: The Flower of Evil

On this episode of Filmcraziest Interviews, I interview Colombian filmmaker Juan Diego Escobar Alzate (pictured in the featured image) about his debut feature film Luz: The Flower of Evil. Alzate talks about the religion of the film, the cinematography of it and what it’s like making a film in Colombia, and much more.

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 [...]

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).

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."

Fantasia 2020 – Anything for Jackson (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – Anything for Jackson (2020)

I knew very little about Anything for Jackson going into the film and did not know that this was an exorcism film. Well, it’s actually a reverse exorcism. Basically, this scenario is born out of the idea of there being someone you would do absolutely anything to see again. For Audrey (Sheila McCarthy) and husband Henry (Julian Richings), that’s their two-year-old grandson Jackson. They need to find a host for Jackson to bring him back, and luckily Henry works as an obstetrician and they grab a woman named Shannon Becker (Konstantina Mantelos), a soon-to-be mother.

Fantasia 2020 – Free Country (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – Free Country (2020)

Directed by: Christian Alvart. Starring: Trystan Pütter, Felix Kramer, Nora von Waldstätten.  Runtime: 2h 7 min. Released: This film had its Canadian Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on August 20, 2020. Detectives Patrick Stein (Trystan Pütter) and Markus Bach (Felix Kramer) are called to the small town of Lowitz in Eastern Germany to investigate the [...]