Category: Reviews

AMALGAMA – Felipe Pérez Santiago

Four dentists attending a conference in a Mexican resort decide to escape the cerebral environment to spend the weekend on a tiny island paradise. This is the premise of the 2021 Mexican-Dominican Republic comedy-drama, Amalgama, written, produced and directed by Carlos Cuarón (brother of Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También (co-written with Carlos), Gravity, Roma)).…

ОТРЯД ТАГАНОК (OTRYAD TAGANOK/TAGANOK SQUAD) – Kamil Abdullin

Отряд Таганок (Otryad Taganok), translated as Taganok Squad, is a Russian family adventure film (based upon a story written by Bashkir poet, Mustai Karim) produced by the Bashkortostan Film Studio. Directed by Ainur Askarov, the film was originally shot back in 2018 but the pandemic delayed its release until early 2021. The film tells the…

LAID TO WASTE – Jacob McNatt

Laid to Waste is an audio drama written, produced, directed, and edited by Brett Schlagel. The production is set in Kansas in the 1870s and focuses on a pair of private detectives (PIs)/bounty hunters who are following up leads on several missing persons. Their investigations have led them to a general store where travellers can…

LA OCTAVA DIMENSIÓN – Javier Bayon

La Octava Dimensión is a film from 2018 that was commissioned by Audi as part of an advertising campaign to promote their Q8 model. Directed by Kike Maillo (Eva, A Perfect Enemy), and starring Najwa Nimri (Abre Los Ojos, Lucía y el Sexo) as thriller writer Olga Calderón, the short film ends up being more…

THE PINK CLOUD – Caio Amon

The Pink Cloud (A Nuvem Rosa) is a Brazilian sci-fi drama that shows the day-to-day lives of two people who are forced to share a life after only just having met. Iuli Gerbase’s directorial debut has a mysterious cloud descending on the earth and which quickly kills everyone exposed to it. This forces everyone to…

EAGLE WINGS – Chuck Okudo

A Nigerian action thriller, Eagle Wings tells the story of an air force fighter pilot whose jet crashes in a region controlled by insurgents and the movie then follows the subsequent efforts to rescue him. Noteworthy because of being the first collaboration between a Nollywood production company and the military (Nigerian Air Force), the movie…

VIOLATION – Andrea Boccadoro

Madeleine Sims-Fewer stars in and co-directs Violation, a brutal examination of the trauma inflicted on women by male violence. Miriam (Sims-Fewer) travels with her husband to visit here sister (and her husband, Dylan) in an isolated Canadian forest location. Miriam unburdens the frustrations of her marriage to Dylan but events soon deteriorate. The film’s narrative…

THE GOOD BOOK – Heather Fenoughty

The Good Book (dir. Brett Chapman), a 2020 short film produced by the Slung Low/Leeds People’s Theatre, is a dystopian story set in the near future. Britain is divided and on the cusp of civil war. Revolution has led to a society based around Arthurian legend where the new head of state’s (Queen Bear/King Arthur)…