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

Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) – Review

Director: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada | 1h 47mins | Animation, Adventure, Family 500 years ago the dragons living in the land of Kumandra sacrificed themselves to save humankind from an evil swarm called the Druun. Now the Druun have returned, Raya (Kelly Marie Tran) must track down shards of a broken relic to bring back peace to Kumandra. In their latest effort to capitalise … Continue reading Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) – Review

Stump The Guessers (2020) – REEL Review

Director: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson | 19mins | Short, Comedy, Fantasy, Silent The Guesser (Adam Brooks) works at a fairground, using his mind reading abilities to answer any question posed to him. After his act begins to fall apart, all in front of his long lost sister who he now wishes to marry by disproving the theory of heredity. Guy Maddin has made … Continue reading Stump The Guessers (2020) – REEL Review

REEL Review – Greenland (2021)

Structural engineer John Garrity (Gerard Butler) along with his wife Allisson (Morena Baccarin) and child Nathan (Roger Dale Floyd) are chosen to head to an underground bunker after passing comet Clarke levels an entire city in Florida, with the worst yet to come. There is usually one of two reactions to seeing Gerard Butler in a disaster film – ‘oh god not another one of … Continue reading REEL Review – Greenland (2021)

REEL Review – Calm With Horses (2020)

Director: Nick Rowland | 1h 40mins | Drama A young retired boxer keeps his head above water by acting as a brutal enforcer for a local crime family in rural Ireland, all whilst trying to balance his relationship with his son. Calm With Horses is the directorial feature film debut from Nick Rowland (known for superb shorts such as 2014’s BAFTA nominated Slap), adapted by … Continue reading REEL Review – Calm With Horses (2020)

REEL Review – Soul (2020)

Director: Pete Docter & Kemp Powers | 1h 47mins | Animation, Family, Comedy Joe (Jamie Foxx) is a middle-school teacher with a passion for Jazz, his world revolves around wanting to play piano with the greats. After he is offered the opportunity to play for Dorothy Williams, he meets his untimely end, and lands on the path to the great beyond. Pixar’s newest feature has … Continue reading REEL Review – Soul (2020)

REEL Review – Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun: Season 1 (2020)

Creator: Aunty Donna | Runtime: 20 mins (episode) | Comedy A sketch show from the Australian comedy group Aunty Donna following a loose narrative around three housemates; Mark, Zach and Broden. Netflix has created a substantial catalogue of original content in the last few years, with 2017 being a turning point for their comedy arm, creating the Netflix Is A Joke campaign. Stand up specials, … Continue reading REEL Review – Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun: Season 1 (2020)

REEL Review – Over the Moon (2020)

Director: Glen Keane, John Kahrs | 1h 36mins | Animation, Musical, Comedy Four years after the death of her mother, Fei Fei (Cathy Ang) has to deal with her father (John Cho) trying to move on with new partner Mrs Zhong (Sandra Oh) by proving the legend of Chang’e (Phillipa Soo) is true, and stop their upcoming marriage. As big as Netflix’s original content schedule … Continue reading REEL Review – Over the Moon (2020)

REEL Review – After Love (2020)

Director: Aleem Khan | 1h 29mins | Drama Living in the port town of Dover, Muslim convert Mary (Joanna Scanlan) loses her husband of many years suddenly. Whilst cleaning his things, she find’s a secret phone, and starts to uncover his hidden life. Writer/Director Aleem Khan has made a name for himself in the UK for his engaging and original shorts, After Love being his … Continue reading REEL Review – After Love (2020)

REEL Review – The Salt In Our Waters

Director: Rezwan Shahriar Sumit | 1h 40mins | Drama | Language: Bengali Deciding to take some time to work on his latest pieces, young artist Rudro (Titas Zia) moves to a remote part of Bengal Delta, joining a small fishing village. Though intended as a calming retreat, it becomes a cultural battle between the modern and the traditional. Winning the Spike Lee Fellowship, writer/director/producer Rezwan … Continue reading REEL Review – The Salt In Our Waters