Lesbianism? The Handmaiden (2016)

WATCH! Don’t confuse this with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (film and TV movie) even though it might sound similar. This is from the acclaimed South Korea’s director Park Chan-wook, whose best known film Old Boy (2003) is now a Hollywood’s remake that retains most of his trademark violence and gore. But if you are unfamiliar with Chan-wook’s accolades, […]

Movie Review: Frantz(2016)

WATCH! Once again I was mesmerized with François Ozon’s creativity and originality; he took us to a small town in Germany after WWI was over. German’s antagonistic view of France and her français was apparent. Sons were killed. Anna’s (Paula Beer) fiancé – Frantz(Anton von Lucke) – was killed in the war, leaving Anna as a young grieving […]

Movie Review: The Crying Game (1992)

WATCH! The Crying Game is one of those film with a climatic snake-in-a-can moment that no one can unseen. Unfortunately, that shocking scene has pigeonholed the film. But, it spoke to a deeper allegory of human relationships and loyalty. On top, The Crying Game made Tammy Wynette relevant again with Stand by Your Man –  a gay mens’ anthem – used for its […]

Movie Review: Knock Knock (2016)

SKIP! Knock knock! who’s there? Two young girls soaking wet coming in from pouring rain at your house’s threshold, do you let them in to dry up? Evan(Keanu Reeves) had to make a split second choice, and he did after much hesitation. So he let them, Genesis(Lorenza Izzo) and Bell( Ana de Armas) in, and it was game over, a total KO. All […]

Movie Review: The Invitation (2015)

SKIP! Source: IMDb While we may prefer a film using deduction to develop its narrative, The Invitation used induction instead. Where one would write the ending first and worked backwards to conjure a story. Hence, only the last zoomed out scene mattered. But, the end didn’t justify the means, and our lost minutes. For one, none […]

Movie Review: Unbreakable (2000)

WATCH!(Qualified) source:IMDb By now you probably have figured out that Unbreakable(2000) is a prequel to Split(2016); the giveaway was at the denouement, when characters concatenated to form a series. At that moment, I knew I needed to watch Unbreakable(2000) to get a better understanding of a united theme director,  M. Night Shyamalan, was telling us.  Essentially Unbreakable(2000) was a film that […]

Movie Review: Jason Bourne(2016)

SKIP! It seems the only reason to have this film made was to reboot the franchise and had Matt Damon resumed his role as Bourne. Otherwise, I was at a lost watching this actions packed film that didn’t really have a story to tell; the special effects: ip tracking, fighting and car chasing, could have […]