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

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

Editor’s Pick – Incendies (2010)

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Runtime: 2h 11mins | Drama, Mystery | Language: French, Arabic Editor’s Pick – Incendies (2010) is written by Connor Cudmore. After losing their mother Nawal (Lubna Azabel) Canadian twins Jeanne and Simon (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin and Maxim Gaudette) travel to their war torn native country to follow her last wishes. Over the course of the past decade, Hollywood has clawed Denis Villeneuve … Continue reading Editor’s Pick – Incendies (2010)

Editor’s Pick: Homecoming King (2017)

Director: Christopher Storer | Runtime: 1h 12mins | Comedy Hasan Minhaj’s first stand up special came courtesy of Netflix, mostly chronicling the immigrant experience of his parents and how it effected his childhood, Homecoming King also takes a dive into how his senior Prom night somehow lead to being a correspondent on The Daily Show. Netflix has created a enormous back catalogue of content since … Continue reading Editor’s Pick: Homecoming King (2017)

Editor’s Pick – Two For the Road (1967)

Director: Stanley Donen | Runtime: 1h 51mins | Drama, Romance, Comedy Mark (Albert Finney) and Joanna’s (Audrey Hepburn) rocky marriage is shown at different times in their ten year commitment to each other, all of which are during their times travelling through Europe. Romance is mostly summed up by it’s most formulaic examples, those movies that have been spewed out for decades about finding yours … Continue reading Editor’s Pick – Two For the Road (1967)

Editor’s Pick – Maborosi (1995)

Director: Hirozaku Koreeda | Runtime: 1h 50mins | Drama After being happily married for a short while, Yumiko (Makiko Esumi) and her young child lose their husband and father, seemingly in a suicide, and attempt to move on with their lives without any explanation. Director Hirozaku Koreeda has carved one of the best careers for any working filmmaker today, creating some incredibly genuine and engaging … Continue reading Editor’s Pick – Maborosi (1995)

Editor’s Pick – Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Director: Alain Resnais | Runtime: 1h 30mins | Drama, Romance | Language: French, Japanese A French Actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese Architect (Eiji Okada) spend the night together in Hiroshima. Once the two spend more time together, they realise that they may never see each other again. Under the watchful gaze of Resnais’ French New Wave style, Hiroshima Mon Amour is a thoughtful romance … Continue reading Editor’s Pick – Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Editor’s Pick – Fallen Angels (1995)

Director: Wong Kar-Wai | Runtime: 99mins | Romance, Drama | Language: Cantonese/Mandarin In the underbelly of Hong Kong, a Hitman’s (Leon Lai) relationship with his enigmatic partner (Michelle Reis) is tarnished when he decides he wants to leave the job behind. Meanwhile, a mute and childish man (Takeshi Kaneshiro) tries to find his way through life, while also discovering love for the first time. Wong … Continue reading Editor’s Pick – Fallen Angels (1995)

Editor’s Pick – Still Walking (2008)

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Runtime: 1h 55mins | Drama | Language: Japanese Every year a family comes together from across Japan to commemorate a tragedy in their past. After we spend 24 hours with them, we understand their relationships, dynamics and the importance of this annual ritual. Hirozaku Koreeda has became quite an important figure in Japanese cinema since the turn of the 21st century. … Continue reading Editor’s Pick – Still Walking (2008)

Editor’s Pick – Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Runtime: 2h 27mins | Drama, Thriller | Language: Japanese An Entomologist, in search of desert insects, graciously accepts a place to stay from some local villagers when he misses his last bus to Tokyo. When he gets there, he is forced into a giant sandpit where he’s held against his will with a local woman. Do you remember the infamous lines … Continue reading Editor’s Pick – Woman in the Dunes (1964)