Animation, Film Reviews, Netflix

REVIEW: Wish Dragon (2021)

You will hear a little voice going “it’s Genie, but now he’s Long” throughout Wish Dragon, the second of three Sony Pictures Animation’s works with rights reported to have been bought by Netflix during the pandemic (the others are The Mitchells vs. The Machines and…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Bố Già (2021)

“NOISY household,” “MESSY family,” “CRAPPY neighborhood” — these are the title cards in the latest trailer for Bố Già (Dad, I’m Sorry, which in Vietnamese would look more like “Ba, Con Xin Lỗi”), and they seem to promise an unruly time. Think Happy Madison picture,…

Drama, Film Reviews, HBO MAX

REVIEW: Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)

Two particular pairs face two greatest tests in the film adaptation of Michael Koryta’s book, also titled Those Who Wish Me Dead. Making up the first are Hannah (Angelina Jolie), a smokejumper, and Connor (Finn Little), a young’un hunted by suited assassins. She is still…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Profile (2021)

To err? That’s human, so when appropriate forgive yourself and carry on. To err as a reporter? Could have been more careful, but hopefully your proofreaders and editors can back you up. To err as a reporter disguising as a potential candidate for an extremist…

Animation, Film Reviews, Netflix

REVIEW: The Mitchells vs The Machines (2021)

The takeover of the techs is already here, even before the Daily Mail can submit the headline “Naked Schwarzenegger ran STARKERS after emerging from silver sphere” into kinda-journalism’s history book. Siri or Alexa’s innocent chirps of “I don’t understand that” is actually “I’m learning everything…

Features

Low-Key but Legit: The Wondrous Women of Bong Joon-ho

For Asian women of the past, present and future. *Contains spoilers for some of Bong Joon-ho’s films. “Stop!” shouts Officer Kwon Kwi-ok (Ko Seo-hie) with all her might to get her male colleagues to focus on the radio playing Sad Letter, a song the killer…

Apple TV+, TV Reviews

TV REVIEW: Calls (2021)

It’s not in the official description, but it might as well: If the world is a pool, Calls is the deep end where the The Twilight Zone dares not enter. Yes, the new Apple TV+ series from Fede Álvarez can be that bizarre. The U.S….

Action & Adventure, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Nobody (2021)

Many films are born out of what-ifs, and most of those what-ifs are opposites of what’s already there. For Nobody, it looks at John Wick, specifically the first film, and picks avenues previously left alone. Our hitman protagonist still has a wife. He has a…

Film Reviews, Horror, Sundance 2021

REVIEW: Censor (Sundance 2021)

Newsflash: All your favourite slashers are weaker than the censor. It matters not if you’re the next Jason, Freddy or Pinhead, or if you are them, with just one strike the censor can shorten, curb, alter or altogether eliminate their killing spree. And they can…