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…

Drama, Film Reviews, Hulu

REVIEW: Boogie (2021)

It is not easy to like Boogie (Taylor Takahashi) in Boogie. His game with the ladies can be so invasive and crude that he comes off as a grade-A tosser. His play on the basketball court can be so solo he defines “teammate” as “me,…

Film Reviews, Horror, Shudder

REVIEW: Sator (2021)

The woods are alive, with whispers from Sator. Not sah-tore the accented billionaire with an obsession for temporal damnation — this is say-tur who is believed to rule every part of and haunt everything in an undisclosed U.S. forest. According to tape recordings heard throughout…

Film Reviews, Latest, Sundance 2021

REVIEW: Luzzu (Sundance 2021)

Even when Luzzu is ashore, it’s always among the waves. The urgent, almost too much so, and near-documentary style Alex Camilleri has employed to tell the story he directed, written, edited and co-produced (with Rahmin Bahrani) seems to support this. And despite having eyes, presence,…

Film Reviews, Horror, Shudder

REVIEW: The Queen of Black Magic (2021)

If for any reason you don’t come to the conclusion that director Kimo Stamboel’s latest effort is a horror film, don’t fret. In the vicinity of 30 seconds, The Queen of Black Magic (Ratu Ilmu Hitam) greets you with a genre staple — top-down shots…

Comedy, Film Reviews, Latest

REVIEW: Lucky Grandma (2020)

Since she is widowed, you can say that the New York-based Grandma Wong (Tsai Chin) is black in love. However, her life is set to be red — much, much redder — if the fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) she is meeting is correct about…

Film Reviews, Horror, Latest

REVIEW: Come Play (2020)

Daring gene in you or not, the best thing to do when you see a battered van with “Free Sweets” spray-painted on the sides is to ignore it. So when your devices boot up an e-book titled “Misunderstood Monsters,” you do the same. The parking…