• The Life Ahead

    The Life Ahead

    The Life Ahead is a beautiful and moving film about how the effects of loss manifest in two people of different generations and who both carry a similar pain in their hearts. Sophia Loren gives a subdued yet powerful performance and Ibrahima Gueye is wonderful in his debut.

    Side notes: Sophia Loren is getting an Oscar nomination, the film could definitely get an International Feature nom if submitted, has a trans woman played by a trans woman who isn’t met with any conflict and whose sexuality isn’t made into a big deal we love to see it

  • The Witches of Eastwick

    The Witches of Eastwick

    ★★★

    The way Jack Nicholson is playing every guy on Film Twitter

  • Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank

    ★★★½

    Writer-director Alan Ball’s Uncle Frank is a roller coaster of emotion. A film that hits hard as it tells the story of a closeted gay man in the ‘70s – one that could still be told today. The man is Frank (Paul Bettany), and the film feels like a love letter from his niece, Beth (Sophia Lillis). This family drama with all the bigotted Southern charm begins as most of them do: at a family gathering. Beth and Frank spend…

  • Two of Us

    Two of Us

    ★★★★½

    Two of Us is about two people who are very much in love. Madeleine (Martine Chevallier) and Nina (Barbara Sukowa) are middle-aged lesbians, but the age thing rarely phases them. They still dream, they still desire. Through their relationship, director Filippo Meneghetti and co-writer Malysone Bovorasmy explore the intersection between expectation and self. Both characters are from a generation that despised anything that went against heteronormativity. They lived in that kind of world for so long that coming out of…

  • Monsoon

    Monsoon

    ★★★★

    Imagine traveling to a country where you look the same as its people and are treated as such by tourists. They look at you with reluctance as they speak slowly, emphasizing the pronunciation of every word. But you know the language they speak more than the language of your homeland. This is what happens to Kit (Henry Golding) on his trip to Vietnam in writer-director Hong Khaou’s Monsoon. It’s a homecoming for him, but he’s a stranger to the country…

  • Forgotten Roads

    Forgotten Roads

    ★★★

    Forgotten Roads may clock in at only 71 minutes, but it does a lot in its tiny package. The narrative is interesting because it centers on this small, conservative Chilean town obsessed with UFO sightings. And yet, the townsfolk alienate everyone who’s different. It makes no sense but confronts how religious beliefs can be hypocritical. They worship these lights in the sky, these unnatural beings, but air their disgust at same-sex love. 

    Nicol Ruiz Benavides’s film celebrates older women in…

  • Dating Amber

    Dating Amber

    ★★★★

    David Freyne’s Dating Amber takes gays back to high school. A charming comedy of a relatable experience where sex is on everyone’s mind and where they feel pressured to have it. An environment of puberty and horniness, and where sexuality is always under suspicion. If you’re a guy and too girly, you’re gay. If you’re a girl and too manly, you’re gay. It’s a time of confusion mixed with internalized homophobia. Where the fear of rumors is met with denials.…

  • The Witches

    The Witches

    ★★

    When Roald Dahl saw the film adaptation of his novel, The Witches, in 1990, he called it “utterly appalling.” With a roster of world-class artists like director Robert Zemeckis taking a crack at adapting the classic work to film alongside Guillermo del Toro and Black-ish writer Kenya Barris, also with Alfonso Cuarón producing, the question remains, what would Dahl think of it this time around? As a man hostile towards adaptations of his works, the answer would probably be the…

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★½

    Rebecca will have a hard time pleasing those who fell in love with the classic – I’m one of them. A pretty meh remake lacking life and flavour. Lily James, okay. Armie Hammer, NO. Kristin Scott Thomas, YES. I liked the costume design although found vibrant colours hard to adjust to given it’s supposed to be a moody narrative. The production design especially for Rebecca’s bedroom is to die for. Mrs. Danvers’ story ends differently and much more dramatically which I loved. And it’s somehow not as gay as the 1940 film which makes no sense.

  • Martin Eden

    Martin Eden

    ★★★★★

    I'm absolutely floored by Martin Eden. A poetic, dream-like film that feels like something out of Italy's golden age of neorealism. It certainly looks at the changes to the Italian psyche in the same way with the discussion on class struggle at its center. An enthralling and gorgeously shot rags to riches tale of how a man's obsession with the bourgeoisie and his ambition to become a famous writer sends him off the rails. Luca Marinelli's performance blew me away – one of the best of the year. I really hope this gets a Best International Feature nomination.

  • Love and Monsters

    Love and Monsters

    ★★★½

    Welcome to Love and Monsters, or should I say, Joel’s Declassified Monster Apocalypse Survival Guide. The second feature film by Michael Matthews is set in a world seven years after an apocalyptic event wiped out 95% of the Earth’s human population and caused the mutation of insects and amphibians into enormous killing machines. The president has been killed by a giant moth (oh, we wish!) and those who have survived hid underground. That’s where we find our protagonist and narrator,…

  • Evil Eye

    Evil Eye

    ★★★

    Anyone else find it interesting that every one of these Amazon-Blumhouse movies starts or ends with a shot of a newborn baby