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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Bergman Island



Director: Mia Hansen-Løve

Studio:IFC Films

Review: Bergman Island


Watching this film is like watching a bachelor show or an island-set reality show on television. Bergman Island is a simple French-drama film that focuses on a married, filmmaking couple who retreat to the Swedish island that was inspired by Ingmar Bergman to write screenplays for their upcoming, newer films. As they explore the island, they soon learn what lies between reality and fiction as they start to blur and discover new and interesting things.

English actors Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk, Pulp Fiction) and Vicky Krisps (Phantom Thread) both portrayed Tony and Chris, the married couple and collaborating filmmaking duo. They both act well and score magnificent weaving pointers as their chemistry with each other gathers some crafting-filled arcs like any ordinary film that features conflicting or dysfunctional married couples. Of course, playing a hard couple is difficult, but they seem to like they’re getting used to it as this is a drama-romantic film for its themes of reality.

This film is directed by Mia Hansen-Løve who is famous for directing her French-drama film All is Forgiven, which was released in 2007 and won her the Louis Delluc Prize for Best Film in 2007. As director, Hansen-Løve brings the cultural themes in the film: Human relationships and art that become major climaxes of this film. She utilizes most of the single-camera usages to capture the perfect, yet vigorous chemistry of Tony and Chris as well as letting the characters roam to life on Fårö, which is an island in Sweden and the main setting of this film. However, there are some dark and non-colourful beauties that didn’t fit the scenery well of such profound landscapes the actors are trying to adjust emotionally. It’s a simple task focused on balancing the character development of all actors. While trying to avoid any conflicts and issues regarding the emotion and depth, no matter, Hansen-Løve tries her best to make a film as complex, filled with consistency. Hansen-Løve reminded us that not all boys get the girls at the end and call it a “happy ending.” The film’s end is put as it goes.

Actress Mia Wasikowska (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland remake) and actor Anders Danielsen Le also appeared in the second half of the film as the conflicting-character couple Amy and Joseph, whom Chris came up with the idea for the plot of their new film. Their acting together is consistent as they never bump into a hole of perilous journeys nor look at the recipes of disaster.

Bergman Island is okay, it clocks into almost two hours of drama, reality, and with a little seeds of romance blooming in Sweden. Roth, Krisps, Danielsen Le, and Wasikowska are what makes the film pleasant to watch. Although, there isn’t much of the excitement happening going on in the film, all I’m saying is this film is interesting to watch but it is somehow cheesy in any way. However, the film manages to weave together with two storylines, in which they manage to blend all together against the backgrounds of the iconic island landscape.

GRADE: C+

(Review by Henry Pham)









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Jockey



“Jockey,” the debut feature from director Clint Bentley, is a character study. In other words, it’s a movie that’s not story-driven. Instead, it’s focused on creating a mood and pulling the viewer into the world of horse jockeys, offering up a slice of life point of view as protagonist Jackson Silva (Clifton Collins Jr.) deals with some personal issues.

Bentley drops viewers into the world of Jackson, who has been a jockey for years, currently riding for Ruth Wilkes (Molly Parker). By this point, Jackson’s in the swan song of his career. He’s had multiple injuries, some so bad they’ve left lasting damage to his body. As a result, he is no longer in the best shape for riding. Collins gives a very physical performance, shifting his body (make sure to take a look at his hands) to showcase a man who’s desperately clinging to the life he knows despite warnings from those around him and signs from his own body. His performance is one of the main reasons to view this film.

This story isn’t solely about an aging jockey. A young jockey named Gabriel (Moises Arias) comes into Jackson’s life claiming to be his son. This revelation is first met with incredulity before Jackson begins to grow accustomed to the idea, taking the jockey under his wing and showing him the ropes. Bentley spends the majority of the film’s runtime examining this relationship. It’s used to show Jackson’s mental transformation as he comes to terms with the end of his career. There is also a side story featuring a relationship with Ruth that leads to its own troubles. Secrets can only be kept for so long, especially when Jackson is trying to keep them (his health problems) from his boss (Ruth) who is also a close friend.

The remainder of the cast is made up of first-time actors many of whom are from the world of horse racing. This helps add a sense of authenticity to the film as we see Jackson interact with his co-workers in the racing venue and in help groups that he attends devoted to injured jockeys. The world of “Jockey” is grounded in a harsh reality. Bentley gives “Jockey” a suitably melancholic tone. Everything from its acting to its cinematography works together to establish the mood. The photography contains multiple shots at the “magic hour,” highlighting silhouetted foregrounds with beautifully colored skies for backdrops.

“Jockey” isn’t going to win any awards for originality. It has a been there done that feel to it. We’ve all seen sports movies with similar themes. What makes this movie stand out, and make it worthy of a watch, is the performance from lead actor Clifton Collins Jr.

(Review by Bret Oswald)







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The Last Duel







(Review by Chase Lee)









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Friday, October 8, 2021

Lamb







(Review by Chase Lee)









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Lamb



The less said about “Lamb” the better. In multiple interpretations of the phrase. Those who will enjoy the film are going to want to know as little as possible before viewing it. As for everyone else, and I expect most people will fall into this camp, “Lamb” is one you’ll want to avoid. Then again, perhaps the more curious will want to Google the movie to discover its more absurd angles.

Director Valdimar Jóhannsson’s film defies genre classification. It’s part drama, part folk tale, and part horror movie. Although, none of those really describe what’s in store for the viewer. Maybe this is really a comedy, of sorts, and the joke is on the audience for viewing it.

So, how do I review this movie without spoiling anything? I don’t think any discussion of the plot (what little there is) would be appropriate. But, to give some background, Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snær Guðnason star as Maria and Ingvar, respectively. They are a young childless couple who run a farm in Iceland. There are a lot of sheep and Ingvar’s brother, Pétur (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson), enters the picture about halfway through. He, at least, vocalizes the audience’s reaction.

The whole affair feels rather pointless. “Lamb” plods along for most of its runtime with nothing to say, unless there is some deeper meaning that just went right over my head. I guess one could argue that there are themes about infertility, infidelity, and animal abuse. Any discussion of themes would be pure conjecture on the part of the viewer because there really isn’t enough to read between the lines. Ideas are presented but not sufficiently explored to be meaningful.

“Lamb” moves at an extremely slow pace, grinding nearly to a halt in the second half. The mood throughout is very foreboding including a lot of scenic shots laid over with deep, heavy breathing, implying that this is all going to build to some dark and twisted end. Well, it does; but if you were expecting a horrific moment that would make this watch worthwhile, prepare to be disappointed because it’s a pretty dumb ending.

The best thing I can say about “Lamb” is that it’s got some terrific photography from cinematographer Eli Arenson. In fact, that would be my sole reason for recommending that anyone see this movie. Arenson captures the foreboding atmosphere perfectly through the gloomy, fog-shrouded landscape. Too bad there is some questionable CGI.

Ultimately, “Lamb” goes nowhere and does nothing. It festers in its own ridiculousness and fails to keep the audience engaged.

(Review by Bret Oswald)







On the Fringe of Wild



Director: Emma Catalfamo

Studio:Breaking Glass Pictures

Review: On the Fringe of Wild


LGBT films have a huge effect on LGBTQ+ audiences. On the Fringe of Wild serves as the directorial debut for diretor Emma Catalfamo as she wants to explore gender roles on how they affect family relationships and dealing with toxic relationships with them. This is something one can fully understand how anyone can go deeper to broaden their horizons. This film features the main cast of Harrison Browne, Cameron Stewart, and Mikael Melo.

On the Fringe of Wild takes place somewhere around 2000s in the "Romeo and Juliet" type romance between two teenage boys, set in a small-rural Ontario town, where love does not win, but the surviving players grow to learn and to accept themselves as members of the LGBTQ+ society.

Actor Harrison Browne portrays Peter, a teenager who’s an artist on drawing wildlife and animals while Cameron Stewart, another teenager who ran away from his toxic, abusive relationship with his father. Mikael Melo, on the other hand, stands on their way as Miles, the teenage bully who torments Peter and Jack.

Under Emma Catalfamo’s direction, On the Fringe of Wild somehow felt like it’s a suspense-thriller film with a side of buddy-comedy antics being installed to the addition. The director is really scoping the tropes on the main three actors experiencing harsh, dysfunctional realities on their families. Even with the suspense music coming from Lora Bidner and the cringeworthy script-writing from Sorelle Doucet, this film and her direction meet the criteria of being a teenage-thriller flick anyone has ever seen. Though what’s criticizable is the supportive characters that do not show any character development but discover shocking revelations reserved for the main characters.

On the Fringe of Wild do shine some moments thanks to the main trio’s performances and the camera moving pieces in that order, taking advantage of different environments, but mainly, the white rabbit shown in the film steals the show as the rabbit deeply serves as a direct message of love, life, and worth of living. It’s a powerful story where one can express love and good taste when it comes to building the blocks of human relationships based on gender and their social paths of community. Also, let this be a warning that this movie is tough to watch as this contains darker images that may frighten young teenagers.

Also appearing are Andrew Bee, Bernadette Medhurst, Audrey Nesbitt, and Adam Jenner. They played as Peter’s father, Beccy, Diane, and Harry. And lastly, Andrea Pavlovic plays the role of Miles’ girlfriend Candace.

Over the top, On the Fringe of Wild is ok to watch, but I will caution you when you choose this film as this contains frightening and darker images. Still, I say this is a bold move to learn something new everyday with a unique twist along the way. This film taught me a powerful lesson about social acceptances. The director and the main cast outdid themselves. I really want to like this film, but unfortunately, nothing too colorful is presented in the film which prevents me from giving this film a higher grade. The film will be released on October 12th on Apple TV, Amazon, and other streaming services.

GRADE: C-

(Review by Henry Pham)









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No Time to Die



Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Studio:Eon Productions/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Attention James Bond fans, there is No Time To Die on Daniel Craig’s final-epic Bond outing.


After multiple theatrical delays due to COVID-19, No Time To Die has finally been released in general public, marking this the 25th James Bond feature film in the franchise. It was one of first films that have largely been affected by this increasingly-massive COVID pandemic, which caused the Hollywood movie industries to push the films’ theatrical release dates back or have them released on their separate streaming services at home. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga is onboard, grabbing the steering wheel as director of this latest James Bond installment, with Craig reprising his role as James Bond.

The story of No Time To Die centers on the British MI6 secret agent James Bond who has recently retired from active service. However, his retirement is short-lived when a pair of CIA agents, Felix Leiter and Logan Ash, ask Bond for help to rescue the kidnapped scientist, forcing him to hit the road again onto the high seas of danger to face the mysterious villain named Lyutsifer Safin, armed with a new dangerous technology.

Daniel Craig reprises his role as James Bond in this film, marking his final James Bond role to date after playing the role for fifteen years since his first onscreen appearance in Casino Royale. As an actor, Craig really killed it in his bestie role, giving the film some proper boost on the character development and showing how vulnerable his acting profession as a secret agent can be compared to his previous James Bond films he tackled. Even with a lot of action, the exercises, and his desperate attempts to act perfectly on camera without messing about, Daniel Craig did such an awesome [and emotional] job playing his part as the greatest James Bond ever, trailing next to Sean Connery. He certainly knows the drill of portraying a character in such a spy-drama (or a spy-comedy) film like this and he never fails to screw things up. Aside from Craig doing all the work, actors Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) steal the show as the film’s main villain Lyutsifer Safina and the Bond girl Madeleine respectively.

Newer cast is here on the set, we have Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) as newcomer Nomi, Billy Magnussen (HBO Max’s Made For Love) as CIA agent Logan Ash, Ana de Armas (Knives Out) as Paloma, David Dencik (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) as the disappearing-scientist Valdo Obruchuv, and Lisa-Dorah Sonnet as Mathilde who later reveals be James Bond and Madeleine's daughter.

The director of this latest James Bond film is Cary Joji Fukunaga. His startup as a filmmaker includes 2011’s film Jane Eyre, based on the book written by Charlotte Bronte, as director and the first season of HBO’s True Detective as director and executive producer. He recently directed his critically-acclaimed war-drama film Beasts of No Nation and was a writer for 2017 film It. Under his direction of this film, the story starts off nicely before reaching the anticipation for the inevitable when the James Bond character is recruited for one last mission, which is very hard to follow. The film largely uses heavy IMAX cameras in many scenes since the filmmakers want this film to be as realistic as ever, much like other sequels like Marvel Cinematic Universe and the recent Star Wars trilogy.

While most of the scenes have been shot beautifully, some thrilling aspects and some onscreen chemistry between Craig and Ana de Armas need work. My wish is for Armas to get more screen time as this would add more bonus points on the film’s spectacle, but sadly, her acting gig is cut short. The hard not-so-fast pacing is okay, but it’s somewhat overkill, and as mentioned before, there are some greater, fun-filled moments that need work additionally, cutting most of the good stuff out due to time-consuming constraints. However, what is so best about this film is Hans Zimmer’s score composition, which is very bombastic and intense with a side of melodic measures displayed throughout the film. It seems that when it comes to scoring, Zimmer never seems to disappoint his fans and himself on crafting such high-altitude music-writing skills.

All of the cast is well acted from newer casts and so does the returning cast from the previous James Bond films whom they also made their appearance in this film. The returning cast includes Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Jeffery Wright as Felix Leiter, Christoph Waltz as James Bond’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, and Ralph Fiennes as M, the head of MI6.

Well James Bond fans, this is it! No Time To Die is a good movie, but not as great as I thought it would be, it’s a total epic conclusion for Craig’s James Bond performance. But no matter despite some flaws, Daniel Craig manages to do well and is emotional on his part. I’m feeling a bit sad and sorry for Craig to leave the role, but I’m looking forward to seeing what more Daniel Craig has to offer in the future. The film is nearly three hours long, but with time and commitment on filming his final Bond movie thanks to the massive filming and acting team, this film certainly gives and ends with a final farewell to Craig himself. Until then, if Craig chooses to return, he is more welcome to come back as James Bond. So, with that, you should come and see his final James Bond adventure in theaters.

GRADE: B-

(Review by Henry Pham)









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