Film Reviews, International Film, TIFF 2021

REVIEW: Medusa (TIFF 2021)

In April of 2016, Veja, one of Brazil’s most prominent magazines, published a profile on Marcela Temer – the young wife of president Michel Temer – titled (in literal translation)  “Marcela Temer: beautiful, demure and a homemaker.” The article took the country by storm, igniting…

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…

Film Reviews, Sci-Fi, TIFF 2021

REVIEW: Encounter (TIFF 2021)

British director Michael Pearce is back for his sophomore feature Encounter, following the critically acclaimed psychological thriller Beast, with an intriguing and genre-defying sci-fi road trip turned family drama. However, there is a certain twist revealed throughout which may divide viewers, as not all is…