Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) – Reel Review

Director: Questlove | 1h 58mins | Documentary, Music During the Summer of ‘69, Icons and musicians joined together for a 6 week festival called The Harlem Cultural Festival. Over 350,000 people attended, but the history books seem to have forgotten about one of the most monumental festivals of all time.  Sly & the Family Stone, Nina Simone, David Ruffin, Gladys Knight, The 5th Dimension, B.B. … Continue reading Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) – Reel Review

The Tomorrow War (2021) – REEL Review

Director: Chris McKay | 2h 18mins | Sci-Fi, Action Dan Forester (Chris Pratt) is pulled into a war 30 years in the future, where humans are losing to a futuristic alien race. Despite the overwhelming presence of streaming services over the past few years there’s been a reluctance towards blockbusters (this year’s pandemic being the exception), high-concept smash ‘em ups that often dominate the summer … Continue reading The Tomorrow War (2021) – REEL Review

H.A.G.S Have A Good Summer (2021) – REEL Review

Director: Sean Wang | 9mins | Documentary, Short Filmmaker Sean Wang reminisces about high school and flicks through his 8th grade yearbook, calling his old friends – many he hasn’t spoken to since 2008. Now released as a New York Times Op-Ed documentary, director and producer Sean Wang uses his wave of nostalgia to find a brief but insightful story in catching up with old … Continue reading H.A.G.S Have A Good Summer (2021) – REEL Review

From the Vault – $9.99 (2008)

Director: Tatia Rosenthal | 1h 18mins | Animation, Drama A number of tenants, living in a rundown Australian apartment complex, all struggle to find their own answer to the meaning of life. Tatia Rosenthal’s adult stop-motion animation is a strange exercise in the surreal and existential. Based on the short stories of Israeli writer Etgar Keret, it follows a number of Australian citizens living in … Continue reading From the Vault – $9.99 (2008)

REEL Review – A Quiet Place Part II (2021)

Director: John Krasinski | 1h 37mins | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller Set immediately after the events of A Quiet Place, the Abbott family try to survive in the alien-infested world. When they come across an old acquaintance from their previous life, Regen (Millicent Simmonds) decides to go out in search of other people. When Kransinski made A Quiet Place just three years ago he joined the … Continue reading REEL Review – A Quiet Place Part II (2021)

Us Again (2021) – REEL Review

Director: Zach Parrish | 7mins | Animation, Family, Short A elderly couple rekindle their more youthful days during a rainstorm in a city full of dance. Zach Parrish’s newest short film for Disney is the first of the studio’s to be released in cinema’s in 4 years (the last being a Frozen short attached to Coco in 2017), playing with Raya and the Last Dragon … Continue reading Us Again (2021) – REEL Review

The Last of the Chupacabras (2021) – REEL Review

Director: Jessica Mendez Siqueiros | 7mins | Family, Short Chepa (Melba Martinez) is a tamale vendor on the streets of LA – and ‘the last of her kind’. After opening a box of her puppets, she accidentally summons Chup – a Chupacabra – unexpectedly bringing a bit more happiness with it. A new initiative series created by Disney called Launchpad aims to bring fresh ideas … Continue reading The Last of the Chupacabras (2021) – REEL Review

REEL Review – Invincible: Season 1 (2021)

Creator: Robert Kirkman | 50mins (episode) | Action, Fantasy, Adventure After finally getting his powers, Mark Greyson (Steven Yeun) tries to balance his personal life with his new found responsibilities in a world full to the brim with superheroes. In an age where the superhero genre dominates every inch of film and television we rarely get to see the simplicity of the superhero cartoon era. … Continue reading REEL Review – Invincible: Season 1 (2021)

REEL Review – The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)

Director: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe | 1h 53mins | Adventure, Animation, Comedy Just as Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jackson) is about to head off to Film School, a sentient AI system takes over the world. In order to get things back on track Katie, along with her dysfunctional family, try to survive the new apocalypse and become humanities last hope. It’s been three years since Lord … Continue reading REEL Review – The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)

REEL Review – The Father (2020)

Director: Florian Zeller | 1h 37mins | Drama An elderly man struggles to keep his grip on reality as his dementia gradually gets worse. We very often shy away from topics that scare us, very rarely do people tackle a mental illness like Dementia because of what it brings out in our own lives – and as human beings we rarely want to think about … Continue reading REEL Review – The Father (2020)