Fantasia 2023: Killing Romance

★★★★ What do you get when you take the quirkiness of Wes Anderson and blend it with Korean slapstick humor and a dash of love triangle? The answer comes courtesy of director Lee Won-suk and writer Park Jeong-ye collaboration, Killing Romance! Bursting with originality and fart jokes, this unconventional comedy lets loose a chaotic ostrich … Continue reading Fantasia 2023: Killing Romance

Theater Review: Lea Michele in Funny Girl

In what may be perhaps one of the most meta Broadway turns of all time, Lea Michele’s masterful debut as Fanny Brice has finally come to fruition. Michele’s Glee character Rachel Berry would eventually squander her golden opportunity by leaving Broadway in pursuit of a television pilot that flopped hard; luckily, Michele does not appear … Continue reading Theater Review: Lea Michele in Funny Girl

Film Review: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

★★★★★ Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio has been in the works for so long that I can barely fathom its release is finally imminent. Containing all the stunning beauty that only stop-motion animation can bring, this version of Pinocchio is dark, disturbing, and deeply moving. I have not felt this strongly amount a stop-motion movie since … Continue reading Film Review: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

NewFest 2022: Please Baby Please

★★★ I cannot stress enough how much I was really not a fan of director Amanda Kramer’s last film, Give Me Pity!, and its oddball mock-style television format. Color me surprised then that Kramer’s second movie, the fantastically bizarre Please Baby Please, is such an intriguing treat. With lead performances from Andrea Riseborough (2020’s The … Continue reading NewFest 2022: Please Baby Please

TIFF 2022: Will-o’-the-Wisp

★★★★ As unique and singular as it is explosively sexual yet weirdly heartwarming and playful, co-writer/director João Pedro Rodrigues’s Will-o’-the-Wisp is truly a delight. Having no familiarity with the works of Portuguese filmmaker Rodrigues, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Would this be one of those films that only mildly explores its queer content, … Continue reading TIFF 2022: Will-o’-the-Wisp