Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Deep House (2021)

Curiosity kills the cat, but how about content creators? In their hunt for the ultimate viewer booster, Tina (Camille Rowe) and Ben (James Jagger) visit a place that they definitely should not have, awakening the horrors within. Pro tip: When a Virgin Mary statue is…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Hit-Monkey’s Nobi Nakanishi

Never disregard the monkey business in this one, for you’ll see red. Blood red. After seeing his entire clan killed, a smart but temperamental Japanese macaque (Fred Tatasciore) sets out for revenge. Yes, a macaque. It’s impossible to do it alone, of course, and so assistance…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: House Of Gucci (2021)

As high society’s Patrizia Reggiani reaches for bottom-barrel tactics to get things done, the third meaning of Gucci’s interlacing Gs surfaces – and claims prominence. What used to be a dignified reference to the fashion house’s founder, and an alliterative signifier of wearable luxe, now…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Clifford the Big Red Dog’s Izaac Wang

Ever since his multi-hyphenated introduction as Boun in Raya and the Last Dragon, it’s been a challenge to separate the character and his voice actor, Izaac Wang. How can you, really, when the sprightliness, charm and kindness of Captain Boun is a combination that is…

Film Reviews, Horror, International Film

REVIEW: The Medium (2021)

As tempting as it is, don’t question a medium’s conclusions, more so the methods they have applied to reach them. Don’t think too much, to phrase it more succinctly. Rather fitting when you might need to do so too, to enjoy The Medium—or to see…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Blue Bayou’ Star Linh-Dan Pham

In Justin Chon’s latest film Blue Bayou, amid the struggle to deal with an unfeelingly issued deportation order, tattoo artist Antonio LeBlanc (Chon himself) finds comfort in a kind Vietnamese-American customer named Parker. Played by Linh-Dan Pham in a heart-rending performance, Parker turns out to…

Film Reviews, Thriller, TIFF 2021

REVIEW: The Guilty (TIFF 2021)

On this particular day in Los Angeles in The Guilty, everything is heated. Sky’s orange. The hills are ablaze. “The Guilty” is in blackletter type. Regularly heard are blaring sirens and calls for emergency services. But the place where the temperature is highest would be…

Netflix, TIFF 2021, TV Reviews

TV REVIEW: Hellbound (TIFF 2021)

One person’s damnation is the whole public’s event of the season. Leave it to writer-director Yeon Sang-ho to mutate ordinary concepts into outlandish fun, most notably that 2016 mega-hit where a high-speed train to Busan becomes the perfect buffet line for zombies. Hellbound, however, is…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Shang-Chi’ Production Designer Sue Chan

If you ask around, people will have different answers to “What is the most beautiful thing in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings?” The mainstream-level representation. Or the success during the pandemic. Maybe the costumes. The action. Tony Leung, specifically his eyes. In…