RKS Film:”Win a Trip To Browntown”: A Film About Betting Your Ass

A comedy about anal sex! Really? Yes and it is handled with tact with really no raunchiness in it. Oh my pushing the envelope in a mainstream film! Can I say daring and innovative? Frank Tsigas (George Tramountanas) is a middle-aged family man packing a few extra pounds. His wife Laura (Kendra McDermott) prompted byContinue reading “RKS Film:”Win a Trip To Browntown”: A Film About Betting Your Ass”

RKS Films: “Twas The Night”: Has Santa Been Killed?

Locally here in Toronto on a particular channel are a continuous slew of Harlequin Films celebrating Christmas. Everything is perfect. True love blossoms at the end. For some it may be so cute. For lovers of serious cinema it may be flotsam. “Twas the Night” is no sickly-sweet Christmas film. But does it have theContinue reading “RKS Films: “Twas The Night”: Has Santa Been Killed?”

RKS Films: “La Forêt de Mon Pere” (Into Dad’s Woods): The 2021 Canadian European Union Film Festival

“La Forêt de Mon Pere” is a Belgian film exploring the difficult and painful effects of mental illness on a family. Jimmy (Alban Lenoir) is married with a wife and three children including 15-year-old Gina (Léonie Souchaud). Initially Jimmy seems eccentric as we first encounter him sitting up in a tree in the forest withContinue reading “RKS Films: “La Forêt de Mon Pere” (Into Dad’s Woods): The 2021 Canadian European Union Film Festival”

“Chasing Unicorns”: Canadian 2021 European Union Film Festival”

The 2021 Canadian European Union Film Festival goes virtual this year which means Canadian’s coast to coast can all attend. “Chasing Unicorns” is both a satirical and comedic journey on the attempts of Estonians Õie (Liisa Pulk) and Tõnu (Henrik Kalmet) to create a start up that will make them wealthy. Given that there areContinue reading ““Chasing Unicorns”: Canadian 2021 European Union Film Festival””

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””

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””