Fantasia 2020 – Detention (2019)

Fantasia 2020 – Detention (2019)

Directed by: John Hsu. Starring: Gingle Wang, Meng Po-Fu, Jing Hua-Tseng. Runtime: 1h 42 min. Released: August 24, 2020 (in Canada, at Fantasia Film Festival); September 20, 2019 in Taiwan. Detention is set during the White Terror in Taiwan in 1962 during a time of martial law where freedom was not known and free thoughts [...]

Togo (2019)

Togo (2019)

Directed by: Ericson Core. Starring: Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl. Runtime: 1h 53 min. Released: December 20, 2019. Some spoilers follow. The story of the sled dog, Togo, who led the 1925 serum run in Nome, Alaska, but was considered by most to be too small and weak to ever lead a dog race. [...]

29 Days of Romance, Review #16: Across the Universe (2007)

29 Days of Romance, Review #16: Across the Universe (2007)

  Directed by: Julie Taymor. Starring: Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Anderson. Runtime: 2h 13 min. Released: October 9, 2007. So far in my 29 Days of Romance series, I haven’t liked Footloose, Midnight in Paris or Blue Valentine but Across the Universe just takes the cake in films I didn’t like. It’s a [...]

Review: The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Review: The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Released: March 31, 2017. Directed by: Niki Caro. Starring: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl, Johan Heldenbergh. Runtime: 2h 4 min. The WWII era makes for some fascinating films. I sometimes like them more when they have different perspectives or depict main conflicts other than with the German Reich. The Zookeeper’s Wife is the former, offering a [...]

Pompeii (2014)

Released: February 21, 2014. Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson. Starring: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland. Runtime: 105 min. Director Paul W.S. Anderson steps onto new territory for him with "Pompeii," after directing a deadly fast car race ("Death Race"), aliens and predators ("AVP: Alien vs. Predator") and mutated creatures (three of the "Resident Evil" [...]

The Impossible (2012)

Release Date: December 21, 2012 Director: Juan Antonio Bayona Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland Runtime: 114 min Tagline: Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit. Did you know? The real family that the main characters are based on are in fact Spanish but living in Japan at the time of the Tsunami. On [...]

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Did you know? "00 dark 30" in military terms means an unspecified time in the early morning hours usually when it is still dark outside, usually said as "oh dark thirty" (according to its IMDb trivia page). Zero Dark Thirty Release Date: January 13, 2012 (wide release) Director: Kathryn Bigelow Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Kyle [...]

Lincoln (2012)

Lincoln Release Date: November 16, 2012 Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn Runtime: 149 min Lincoln is a film that is much easier to respect or admire, than it is to enjoy and be thoroughly entertained. While it does have sparks of humour here and there, it goes more for fascination [...]