Film Review: Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

★★★★ As a longtime fan of the Resident Evil video games, I have been anxiously awaiting a proper live-action film that would capture the magic and terror of the series. Writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson gave it the old college try, directing four of the six previous installments and writing all. While those movies do … Continue reading Film Review: Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

FrightFest Halloween 2021: Last Survivors

★★★ As a selection from FrightFest Halloween, I expected Last Survivors to be far more horror-leaning than the end product would suggest. A smidgen of sci-fi adds flavor to a pared-down simple story about survival and hope. However, as the narrative unfurls, the true complexities of the scenario rear their ugly head, adding an entirely new … Continue reading FrightFest Halloween 2021: Last Survivors

Film Review: Finch

★★★ Finch is small-stakes post-apocalyptic sci-fi that feels accessible to any age thanks to its age-old formula layered with simplicity. Tom Hanks delivers yet another powerhouse performance (probably my favorite from him since 2012’s Cloud Atlas), this time as a simple man named Finch—a genius robot engineer stranded in a desolate post-apocalyptic world. The visual … Continue reading Film Review: Finch

Film Review: Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection

Spooky season means it is time to celebrate with the brand spanking new 4K Ultra HD release of Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection—an instantly iconic four film package that compiles Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and The Wolf Man! These classic movies from the 30s and early 40s have never looked better, and … Continue reading Film Review: Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection

TIFF 2021 Wrap-Up

The Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF for short, is one of the biggest film festivals in the world. This year, we covered the fest entirely virtually, save a few in-person NYC screenings. Even though we missed out on some big movies due to being inaccessible to United States press (including Award-winning Belfast, Dune, The … Continue reading TIFF 2021 Wrap-Up

TIFF 2021: Encounter

★★★ The newest film from Amazon Studios comes in the form of sci-fi tinged Encounter, from director Michael Pearce. Plucking three lead performances all of Pakistani background, Encounter gets more right than wrong in general. However, I could not help feeling let down by certain elements of the storyline as they unfolded. The potential brimming … Continue reading TIFF 2021: Encounter

Fantasia International Film Festival 2021 Wrap-Up

2021's edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival collects genre cinema of the highest order and eclectic filmmakers with a unique vision. It also happened to have quite a few films I had seen at previous festivals. This wrap-up acts as the cherry-topper for an unconventional fest; included beyond the jump is our entire festival … Continue reading Fantasia International Film Festival 2021 Wrap-Up