RKS Films: “Bad Ben Benign”

Aren’t you supposed to cringe in terror watching a horror movie? “Bad Ben Benign” is the ninth film in the Bad Ben Series. I come to it initially with installment 9 so I may be missing some deep contextual concept. But on the other hand as a newbie I may bring a fresh and unbiasedContinue reading “RKS Films: “Bad Ben Benign””

RKS Film: “The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses”

Reviewing documentary films can be a chore as the topics are not always exactly cheerful and uplifting. Decimation of aboriginal populations, destruction of the environment, drug abuse, discrimination etc. So when I was offered the chance to review “The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses” I took a deep breath expecting to see a sad extinction tale.Continue reading “RKS Film: “The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses””

The Montreal International Documentary Festival 2021n Programme Revealed

For immediate distribution A hybrid edition celebrating reality on film at its best The 2021 program revealed Montreal, Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is proud to unveil the full program for its 24th edition. With a selection of 120 films from 44 countries, including 54 films from Quebec and Canada, and more than half by women filmmakers, the RIDM presents the bestContinue reading “The Montreal International Documentary Festival 2021n Programme Revealed”

RKS Films: “The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52”

In 1992 a top-secret project of the United States Navy focusing on identifying the sounds of Russian submarines discovered a strange sound at 52 Hertz decibels. A marine biologist concluded it was a whale singing at 52 Hertz a frequency unique to whales so the thought was that this was a lonely whale. With noContinue reading “RKS Films: “The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52””

RKS Films: “Without Milk”: Why I Love Greek Cinema: 2021 Toronto Greek International Film Festival

Unfortunately, the Festival was rather dropped on me days before it was live. A whole host of Greek films by Greek filmmakers in Greece and throughout the world. I had only hours to chip away at a meaty selection of modern Greek films. Now what does a “Greek Film” mean. If you are of GreekContinue reading “RKS Films: “Without Milk”: Why I Love Greek Cinema: 2021 Toronto Greek International Film Festival”

Greek International Film Festival Toronto: “Beauty”

Thanos Liberopolous has crafted a very cutting short called “Beauty”. One might find it amusing or like me entirely depressing. Set in modern day Greece a single mother deals with her daughter Kally and her son Poppy who are so addicted to social media they have lost touch with reality however stark and unpleasant itContinue reading “Greek International Film Festival Toronto: “Beauty””

RKS Films: Greek International Film Festival of Toronto: “Highway 13”: Spooky Canadian Short

Welcome to the inaugural Greek International Film of Festival running virtually and in theatre from October 1-3. The first release I saw was “Highway 13” a short written, directed and produced by former Rogers senior executive Stanley Papulkas. Highway 13 is a highway in Alberta referred to as a Canadian Bermuda Triangle where strange thingsContinue reading “RKS Films: Greek International Film Festival of Toronto: “Highway 13”: Spooky Canadian Short”

RKS Films: “Fire Music: The Story of Free Jazz”

Growing up as a teen in Montreal I remember walking through Alexis Nihon Plaza in downtown Montreal and hearing Led Zeppelin 2 blasting from a record store. Was that in 1969? I just had to buy it and arguably isn’t that one of the best rock albums of all time? Yes I loved them andContinue reading “RKS Films: “Fire Music: The Story of Free Jazz””

RKS Films: “The Witches of the Orient” (Les Sorcières de L’ Orient)

The film “The Witches of the Orient” is not some horror movie but rather a documentary about the Japanese women’s volleyball team that won a gold medal in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The team was the Nichibo Kaizuka volleyball team. Kaizuka is located 30 minutes south of Osaka. The team were all textile factory workersContinue reading “RKS Films: “The Witches of the Orient” (Les Sorcières de L’ Orient)”

RKS Films: “On the Fringe of Wild”: The Viciousness of Homophobia

“On the Fringe of Wild” is nothing but a masterful take on the pain and suffering caused by homophobia. Quite frankly it is a vicious movie and take that as a compliment. The film was shot in North Bay, Ontario. Peter (Harrison Brown) is a quiet and sensitive young man finishing off high school. HeContinue reading “RKS Films: “On the Fringe of Wild”: The Viciousness of Homophobia”