Category Archives: Movie Reviews

September 23

Day#2 Of TIFF-Fri.,Sept.9th,2022

Our first stop for the day was to view the film Beauty And The Bloodshed. FILMMAKER LAURA POITRAS CHRONICLES THE LIFE AND WORK OF FAMED ARTIST NAN GOLDIN, INCLUDING HER PROTESTS AGAINST THE SACKLER FAMILY AND THEIR COMPANY PURDUE PHARMA, MAKER OF OXYCONTIN. The majority of people who’ve been affected directly or indecently by drug […]

September 23

Day#5 Of TIFF -Mon.,Sept.12th,2022

TIFF22-The Whale-September 12, 9 am Intense drama with  Moby Dick metaphors and a powerful performance by Brendan Fraser, winner of the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance, as the reclusive self-destructive and ill 600 pound Charlie seeking redemption from his angry estranged daughter. The film evolves as the health of the self-isolating online writing instructor Charlie (Fraser) […]

September 23

Day#6 Of TIFF-Tues.,Sept.13th,2022

We were off to our first screener of the morning at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. TIFF22-Raymond and Ray 2 dysfunctional half-brothers’ (starring Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor) journey to their long-estranged abusive but libidinous father’s funeral full of shocking surprises. The divorced Raymond (McGregor) convinces his half-brother, Ray (Hawke), former musician and addict, despite despising […]

September 23

TIFF 2022 – Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans

Set in post-World War II Arizona, The Fabelmans follows Sammy Fabelman from age seven to eighteen, as he discovers his love of film and discovering a shattering family secret. Gabriel LaBelle, a 19-year-old actor from Vancouver plays the central role of Sammy in the Steven Spielberg film. Mitzi Fabelman shares her son’s love for the arts, as she’s […]

September 23

TIFF 2022 – The Return of Tanya Tucker

After Tanya Tucker disappeared from the spotlight for decades, music star Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings (son of Waylon Jennings) took it upon herself to write an entire album for their hero based on Tanya’s extraordinary life, starting a comeback and a tour to resurrect her career. THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER follows Tanya’s interesting, […]

September 22

TIFF 2022 – HUNT-From Squid Game’s Lee Jung-Jae

Hunt is a exciting shoot ’em up and brawler action movie, with undertones of an espionage mystery. The directorial debut from  Squid Game’s Lee Jung-Jae, who also stars, is set during the 1980’s as tensions between North and South Korea mount. In South Korea, government agents are attempting to expose the identity of a mole nicknamed […]

September 22

TIFF 2022 – Moonage Daydream, a Tribute to David Bowie

Director Brett Morgen’s Moonage Daydream is his new film tribute to David Bowie. The filmmaker was granted unprecedented access to Bowie’s personal archives, combing through roughly millions of video footage, photography, and visual art that Bowie created over the years—and piecing them into a fragmented narrative. It took years to film this unconventional documentary. The […]

September 21

TIFF 2022 – While We Watched

The film by Vinay Shukla is a powerful and new must see: WHILE WE WATCHED, shows a sense of hope in a uncertain time for journalists and media. WHILE WE WATCHED is documentary about broadcast journalist Ravish Kumar of India’s NDTV, and a newsroom drama that showcases what it’s like being an Indian TV personnel, with the film […]

September 19

TIFF 2022 – Louis Armstrong: Black & Blues

Drawing on Louis Armstrong’s audio diaries, documentarian Sacha Jenkins (Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men) revisits the music and reappraises the politics of the legendary jazz trumpeter and singer. Louis Armstrong had kept recorded audio diaries of himself that reveal a different side of his personality than the showman on camera. Those tapes play a […]

September 19

TIFF 2022 – Maya and the Waves

In Maya and the Wave, we follow Maya Gabeira on a quest to break a world surfing record in the Portuguese town of Nazaré, known for its amazing waves. The film delivers a breathtaking visual experience of majestic waves, beautiful countries and the art of surfing. A two thumbs up to the videographer. Filmmaker Stephanie Johnes […]

September 05

Rare TELLURIDE & TORONTO Film Festival Double Premiere Highlights A Musical Icon and The Intoxicating Sound of Bossa Nova in New Documentary Miúcha, The Voice of Bossa Nova

(Telluride/Toronto) In a very rare honor, both the Telluride and Toronto Int’l Film Festivals will present special premiere screenings of Daniel Zarvos and Lianne Mutti’s stunning documentary feature Miúcha, The Voice of Bossa Nova, an innovative mix of archival images, animation, rare recorded interviews and the intoxicating sounds of Bossa Nova. Using the powerful and fascinating story of the […]

September 05

TIFF 2022: Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Sundance Award Winner LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE To Close Out Midnight Madness

Written and Directed by Martika Ramirez EscobarStarring Sheila Francisco, Bong Cabrera, Rocky Salumbides and Anthony Falcon  Midnight Madness Closing Night Film – 2022 Toronto International Film Festival WINNER – Special Jury Prize for Innovative Spirit – 2022 Sundance Film FestivalWINNER – Special Jury Mention, Narrative Feature – 2022 LA Asian Pacific Film FestivalWINNER – Best […]

August 26

Icarus Films Announces theNorth American Theatrical Release ofMY IMAGINARY COUNTRY

The Latest Film by Master DocumentarianPatricio Guzmán Is an Urgent and Inspiring Chronicleof How a Popular Uprising Sparked Deep Political Change The Cannes Film Festival Official SelectionOpens September 23 at the IFC Center in NYC,September 30 in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles,and San Francisco ** Filmmaker Available for Select Interviews**** NYC Press Screening TBA **Icarus Films is proud to announce the North American theatrical […]

August 25

TIFF 2022: World Premieres of WHILE WE WATCHED and LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S BLACK & BLUES, and LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE To Close Out Midnight Madness

LONO Studio and Britdoc FilmsPresent WHILE WE WATCHED Directed by Vinay ShuklaProduced by Vinay Shukla, Khushboo Ranka and Luke W. MoodyExecutive Produced by Maxyne Franklin, Jess Search and Beadie FinziFeaturing Ravish Kumar  World Premiere  – 2022 Toronto International Film Festival  2022 Toronto International Film Festival Screening Schedule:*Press/Industry Screening* – Sunday, September 11th at 11:10 AM at Scotiabank Theatre […]

August 11

Boots And Hearts Music Festival @ Burl’s Creek Event Ground – Thurs., Aug. 4th -Sun., Aug.7th, 2022

By BKONTHESCENE & Wayne BaggsIt has been 3 years since the last Boots & Hearts Music Festival. This year the festival was a homage to Canadian artists, also paying tribute to female artists on the final night. The festival may have broken the attendance record for a Sunday, with more than 50,000 country music fans […]