Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Mucho Mucho Amor (Sundance 2020)

“Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” is the spiritually healing and fascinating documentary on famed Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado. Directed by Cristina Constantini and Kareem Tabsch, the Netflix film follows Mercado’s life, a wanderer of life, astrology and joy, who appeared in…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: The Dissident (Sundance 2020)

“The Dissident,” Bryan Fogel’s follow up to his Oscar-winning documentary, “Icarus,” is a gripping and condemning account circling the murder of Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. On its surface, the film is a detailed report on the politically fueled narrative surrounding the ordered killing of…

Film Reviews, Sundance 2020

REVIEW: Welcome to Chechnya (Sundance 2020)

Trigger Warning: Description of anti-gay violence as documented within the reviewed film. David France, a journalist-turned-documentarian, puts a lens on another human rights issue in “Welcome to Chechnya,” one of this year’s Sundance Film Festival’s most searing and urgent documentaries. Albeit a cheerful title, this…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Miss Americana (2020)

Even before the glitz and glam, all Taylor Swift wanted was appreciation and success for her talent. Fifteen years, seven albums and an estimated net worth of $360 million later and you simply can’t deny the power that the singer and songwriter holds within the…

CAMFF 2019, Film Reviews

CAMFF 2019: Wild Amsterdam

Wild Amsterdam is a nature documentary where adventurous urban cat Abatutu (voiced by Martijn Fischer) takes you on a tour of his city and narrates the sights and sounds of his home. Wild Amsterdam is a nature documentary unlike any I’ve seen before. It gives…

Film Reviews, Sidewalk Film Festival

SIDEWALK 2019: Scheme Birds

Scheme Birds falls somewhere between the cracks of a working class society stripped of its agency and what that means in a town that’s now scarred. What follows is a story of a girl named Gemma who lives on the outskirts of Motherwell, Scotland in…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Films

REVIEW: Diego Maradona

In a relatively short period of time, Asif Kapadia has made something of a name for himself in the world of documentary filmmaking. His previous films, Senna (2010) and Amy (2015) were astonishing pieces of work and both incredibly well received. Kapadia has a remarkable…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Films

REVIEW: Amazing Grace (2019)

Way back in January 1972, Aretha Franklin made history when she recorded Amazing Grace. It became Franklin’s biggest-selling album, as well as the top-grossing gospel collection of all time. The two-day recording session was also filmed. However, due to technical issues, the film remained uncompleted…

Film Reviews, Films, Sundance 2019

REVIEW: Hail Satan? (2019)

Satanism probably conjures up images of virgin sacrifices, drinking goat blood and other fiendish demonic behaviours. Some of us remember the ‘Satanic Panic’ of the 80s and 90s (more of which later), which bled into popular culture through films such as The ‘Burbs and Dragnet…