AUTHOR | Anthony Francis

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Zappa, baby, Zappa

“We were loud. We were coarse. We were strange. And if anyone in the audience ever gave us any problems, we would tell them to fuck off” (Frank Zappa)
Frank Zappa, Steve Vai and Pamela Des Barres
Directed by Alex Winter

Anyone who loves or is knowledgeable about music knows what the name and the ever-so-unique man defines. Alex Winter’s fantastic documentary, “Zappa,” was made possible by being one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns since crowdfunding became a thing. In only one month’s time the campaign achieved over a million dollars. Frank Zappa’s legacy is strong. Winter was granted ... more >

Without making compromises knockout Romanian documentary “Collective,” a great big, and much-needed, boost for journalism, casts the spotlight on a nation’s corruption-ridden healthcare system while

One of the best documentaries of the year
Directed by Alexander Nanau

If living in this world has taught us nothing else, it is that we have long learned that when those in power lie and manipulate facts, a serpent of deceit is born and slithers through our societies devouring what is true and fair. “Collective” is a Romanian film that examines cutting through bullshit fed to the public by corrupt people in power in order to get to the facts and achieve ... more >

A film of many sinners and few saints, “The Devil All the Time” | REVIEW

"Some people were born just so they could be buried"
Bill Skarsgård, Donald Ray Pollock, Tom Holland and Riley Keough

“The Devil All the Time” is the excellent adaptation of the deliciously nasty and viciously grim novel from Donald Ray Pollock, who also narrates the film. This is the kind of southern pulp that grabs its audience by the hair and places them among the violent nature of its characters, all the while weaving a down-home gothic tale soaking in religiosity. But this is far from the wistful “come to ... more >

Lesley Manville rules the screen in “Let him go” | REVIEW

Adapted from Larry Watson's namesake novel
Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Lesley Manville
Directed by Thomas Bezucha

“There's no way to escape the fact that we've grown up in a violent culture, we can't get away from it, it's part of our heritage. I think part of it is that we have always felt somewhat helpless in the face of this vast continent. Helplessness is answered in many ways, but one of them is violence.” Sam Shepard wrote those words which have become a potent mirror to our country’s mindset since ... more >

One truth and one prediction for ya: “Wolfman’s Got Nards” starts streaming today and fans of 1987 horror classic “The Monster Squad” will be all over it

Exploring the cult movie from soup to nuts
Shane Black and Fred Dekker
Directed by Andre Gower

As a film critic there is nothing better than watching a stimulating film. Something that feeds the mind and gives you nights of discussion with fellow cinephiles were one can debate the symbolism or message of a certain work or filmmaker. You know what else is great? watching a film that reminds you of the fun you’ve had as a kid or a teenager, a film that seeps into your memory and becomes a ... more >

Some thoughts on the pedestrian Ben Wheatley-directed “Rebecca” (hint: we did not like it all that much)

The legacy of a life cut short
Armie Hammer and Lily James
Directed by Ben Wheatley

The new Netflix produced “Rebbeca” is a film haunted by the very present ghost of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 Oscar-winning namesake, also adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 gothic novel. Armie Hammer, who is carving out an interesting career for himself and who can be great, is much too wooden in his portrayal of the dashing and wealthy heir Maxim de Winter. Maxim cannot overcome nor recover ... more >

Mystery-tinged historical thriller “Fanxiao” (“Detention”) harks back to a dark period of Taiwan’s history

1 Production Film; Filmagic Pictures Co.; Gamania Digital Entertainment Company
Gingle Wang, Meng-Po Fu and Jing-Hua Tseng
Directed by John Hsu

Taiwanese director John Hsu’s first feature length film is a political statement disguised as a historical thriller tinged with moments of horror. “Fanxiao” (“Detention” in the Mandarin original) is a compelling and generally effective hybrid that walks its characters through the hell of existing in a dystopian society while confronting the difficulties of their reality. Fang Ray-Shin and ... more >