Fantastic Fest 2021- “The Timekeepers of Eternity” and the Infinite Lifespan of Art: Film Review

It’s somewhat counterintuitive to review The Timekeepers of Eternity as any other film, given the unique nature of its production. Director Aristotelis Maragkos used all pre-recorded footage from the 1995 television adaptation of Stephen King’s novella, The Langoliers. Therefore, one can’t judge this remix’s use of cheesy, over-the-top actors. However, from an experimental art pointContinue reading “Fantastic Fest 2021- “The Timekeepers of Eternity” and the Infinite Lifespan of Art: Film Review”

Fantastic Fest 2021- The Fragile Male Ego in “Barbarians”: Film Review

The ancient Gaeta Stone, fictionalized in Barbarians, symbolizes the essential process of death that is needed in order for a rebirth to occur. While the title of Charles Dorfman’s directorial debut seems to indicate a kind of physical perishing, Barbarians instead takes us on a blood-soaked journey through the emasculated male’s rapidly evolving psyche. AdamContinue reading “Fantastic Fest 2021- The Fragile Male Ego in “Barbarians”: Film Review”

“Old Henry” is Tim Blake Nelson’s “Unforgiven”: Film Review

Tim Blake Nelson has been an established character actor for over 20 years, turning in small yet memorable roles in everything from superhero blockbusters (The Incredible Hulk, Watchmen [2019]) to prestigious indies (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Lincoln). That’s why it’s so baffling to see Nelson finally take center stage in Old Henry, a bareContinue reading ““Old Henry” is Tim Blake Nelson’s “Unforgiven”: Film Review”

Fantastic Fest 2021- “Baby Assassins” Proves That Adulting is Killer: Film Review

You’re sitting in an important job interview and you accidentally say something wrong. It’s an awkward exchange that we’d all kill to avoid. In Mahiro’s (Saori Izawa) case, she takes that euphemism quite literally, eliminating an entire convenience store crew to avoid embarrassment. For antisocialite Matsua and her peppy best friend Chisato (Akari Takaishi), killingContinue reading “Fantastic Fest 2021- “Baby Assassins” Proves That Adulting is Killer: Film Review”

Fantastic Fest 2021- “Who Killed The KLF?” Is Anarchic (In the Best Way) : Film Review

In the early 1990s, crop circles began appearing in empty corn fields all across Europe. There was discussion that the agricultural disturbances could be the work of extraterrestrial life. In the end though, it was eventually revealed to be a stunt conducted by British music group, The KLF. Yet after one watches Who Killed TheContinue reading “Fantastic Fest 2021- “Who Killed The KLF?” Is Anarchic (In the Best Way) : Film Review”

Yes, “I’m An Electric Lampshade” Is Just As Peculiar As It Sounds: Film Review

Just like the esoteric title may suggest, I’m An Electric Lampshade is a conundrum of a film. This film is one part documentary, one part concert film, and a little abstract narrative thrown in for good measure. While each part works well enough by themselves, the result of their collaboration is a chorus of cinematicContinue reading “Yes, “I’m An Electric Lampshade” Is Just As Peculiar As It Sounds: Film Review”

“Cry Macho” is Eastwood’s Spectacularly Serene Swan Song: Film Review

At the ripe old age of 91, it’s clear that Clint Eastwood isn’t the quick-draw gunslinger he used to be. His hand quivers when he picks up a glass and there’s a meandering stagger in his gait. Yet Cry Macho shows that he still possesses the qualities that made him an icon in the firstContinue reading ““Cry Macho” is Eastwood’s Spectacularly Serene Swan Song: Film Review”

TIFF 2021: “Julia” and The Simplification of a Cultural Icon: Film Review

Julia Child is one of the most influential figures of 20th century pop culture and American cuisine. She reintroduced households to the idea of fresh ingredients and threw the door open for women to become part of the culinary industry. Yet Julia depicts the icon in the most milquetoast way imaginable. The documentary is stuffedContinue reading “TIFF 2021: “Julia” and The Simplification of a Cultural Icon: Film Review”

Venice 2021- The Glorious Performance Paradox of “Official Competition”: Film Review

In Official Competition, a hedge fund millionaire wants to create something that will outlast his mortal body. He wants to be remembered and revered like Rockefeller or Carnegie. Instead of choosing a physical structure like a concert hall or a stadium though, he decides that he wants his legacy etched onto the silver screen. TheContinue reading “Venice 2021- The Glorious Performance Paradox of “Official Competition”: Film Review”

TIFF 2021- “The Rescue” and the Necessity of Outsiders: Film Review

Free Solo is one of the most heart pounding documentaries released in the last five years. Though many likely finished screening the film and wondered why people pursue such dangerous hobbies like rock climbing without a harness. Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s sophomore feature The Rescue, seems like a response to that bewildered sentimentContinue reading “TIFF 2021- “The Rescue” and the Necessity of Outsiders: Film Review”