Meatball Machine – Review

https://youtu.be/8G9cRhnm0sE Directed by Yudai Yamaguchi & Jun’ichi Yamamoto Japan/ 2005/ 90 mins ★★ There’s something that the cinematic triumphs share with the more peculiar films; you usually have an idea of how things are going within the first few frames. For one, it’s a compliment to setting the tone or a visual style to enrapture. For others, … Continue reading Meatball Machine – Review

Crisis – Review

https://youtu.be/36ACqc0OHGQ Written & Directed by Nicholas Jarecki Canada, Belgium/ 2021/ 118 mins ★★★ The shrapnel of drug abuse and the institutional capitalism surrounding pharmaceuticals has a far-reaching and profoundly dangerous reach. Loosely teasing the strings of genuine incidents with a fictional “non-addictive” painkiller, Nicholas Jarecki‘s Crisis ticks the boxes of respectable casting in Gary Oldman and Evangeline Lily and comes with an … Continue reading Crisis – Review

Here. Us. Now – Cardboard Citizens

https://youtu.be/jV-ZrCxjoD4?list=PL933iMM6fGYIw78vqbQAreXAlh-cnkI9D Directed by Dorothy Allen-Pickard ★★★ There’s a certain image which comes with the term social housing – several images actually. Most postulated by tabloid papers or exploitative media, one of benefits, violence or the downtrodden. In reality – utter nonsense. A raw, often thriving sense of community exists in multiple social housing estates across … Continue reading Here. Us. Now – Cardboard Citizens

Mama Weed – French Film Festival

https://youtu.be/VxJ64hB0G_I Directed by Jean-Paul Salomé France / 2020 / 104 mins ★★★ Drugs are a colossal issue in the city of Paris. Harmless but woefully inept, Chief Phillipe seems to fall at every hurdle whenever he comes close to capturing his target. And without his underpaid, undervalued translator, the police are simply playing catch-up with … Continue reading Mama Weed – French Film Festival

Love Affair(s) – French Film Festival

https://youtu.be/4ohhsKXEa-I Written & Directed by Emmanuel Mouret France / 2020 / 122 mins ★★★★ Indiscreet stories make the most appealing tales, the stories we aren’t supposed to know, the Love Affair(s) which people want to keep secret. For aspiring novelist Maxime, he figures the best instigator for a successful novel is the mother of inspiration – heartbreak. … Continue reading Love Affair(s) – French Film Festival