Brazilian Movie “Half Brother” (“Meio Irmão): A Bloodhound Critic Refusing to Be Taken off the Trail

As a reviewer of films, I have a network of distributors and producers that send me films for review purposes. At this point in time it is feast or even “La Grande Bouffe”. I am being recognized as a film critic. Strange considering that Toronto Film Critic’s Association refuses to admit me to their hallowedContinue reading “Brazilian Movie “Half Brother” (“Meio Irmão): A Bloodhound Critic Refusing to Be Taken off the Trail”

“Stateless”: Dominican Racism Against Dominicans of Haitian Descent and Haitians

“Stateless” (”Apátrida”) simply put is a documentary chronicling racism by Dominicans against Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent. Haiti and The Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in world governed by a seemingly endless stream of corrupt leaders. The Dominican Republic (DR) isContinue reading ““Stateless”: Dominican Racism Against Dominicans of Haitian Descent and Haitians”

“Marry Me However”: Israeli Religious Community Struggles With Homosexuality: Toronto Jewish 2021 Film Festival

This documentary grapples with homosexuality amongst the religious community in Israel. The story is not new about “coming out” but it is new within a religious community where the gays are living within. The mainstream rabbinical community seems to ignore homosexuality and says get married, have a family and end of story. But the documentaryContinue reading ““Marry Me However”: Israeli Religious Community Struggles With Homosexuality: Toronto Jewish 2021 Film Festival”

“Forgiveness”: A Subtle Israeli Comedy: Toronto 2021 Jewish Film Festival

Yes Israeli criminals can be big bunglers as we see in “Forgiveness”. I would say it is a low toned comedic film full of subtleties you might easily miss if you are not familiar with Israeli society. At times its premise is delightfully absurd. Shaul and Nissan are robbing a post office safe. Shaul isContinue reading ““Forgiveness”: A Subtle Israeli Comedy: Toronto 2021 Jewish Film Festival”

“Asia”: Israeli Academy Awards Winner and the Inevitability of the End: Toronto 2021 Jewish Film Festival

After several years of reviewing Israeli films there is nothing second rate about them. Sure I have seen a few clunkers but such are very rare! No more than in the North American film industry. If one pays attention to the introduction of the film on the TJFF website one might be left with theContinue reading ““Asia”: Israeli Academy Awards Winner and the Inevitability of the End: Toronto 2021 Jewish Film Festival”

“Hors Normes” (The Specials): The 2021 Toronto Jewish Film Festival

“Hors Normes” leaves you a bit dazed when it begins but let it run and the pieces fit in very nicely. While in many senses it is a sort of tragedy about how the most difficult mentally challenged youth and young adults in France have no place to go for treatment. And treatment in theContinue reading ““Hors Normes” (The Specials): The 2021 Toronto Jewish Film Festival”

“Being Thunder”: Sometimes Interesting But Mostly Meandering: 2021 Inside Out Film Festival

The 2021 Inside Out Toronto LGBTQ Film Festival features many “LGBTQ” films one of which is “Being Thunder”. The promo material indicates the documentary is about Sherenté Harris, a two-sprit genderqueer teenager from the Narragansett tribe in Rhode Island in the United States as she “boldly challenges the status quo of what it means toContinue reading ““Being Thunder”: Sometimes Interesting But Mostly Meandering: 2021 Inside Out Film Festival”

“Thunderbird”: A Complex Film Packing a Wallop and Leaving Tantalizing Questions Unanswered

The last 6 minutes of the film will leave your head spinning and if you are looking for a clean resolution of the conflict and mystery it as if you are being taunted to use your imagination to glue together the pieces. This is solid and complex filmmaking and aside from a few awkward linesContinue reading ““Thunderbird”: A Complex Film Packing a Wallop and Leaving Tantalizing Questions Unanswered”

“Undine”: A German Wet and Wonderful Mythological Romantic Film Winner

I have seen some awfully good German films in the past few years and I will count “Undine” amongst one of them. It reminded me of “Shape of Water” due to the mysticism of both those films. However there is some real lore in “Undine”. According to European mythology Undine is a water nymph whoContinue reading ““Undine”: A German Wet and Wonderful Mythological Romantic Film Winner”

“Jenny”: Classic Greek 1960’s film shows beautiful lampooning ahead of its time

A couple of years ago in Greece I had to spend a couple of months taking care of certain estate matters. I was on Samos, a beautiful mountainous island, very close to Turkey. We were staying in Samos City as it is called but the locals call it by its old name Vathi. Vathi was,Continue reading ““Jenny”: Classic Greek 1960’s film shows beautiful lampooning ahead of its time”