AUTHOR | Anthony Francis

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THE LABYRINTH OF CINEMA, the final film from Nobuhiko Ōbayashi and a love letter to cinephiles

Experimental filmmaker Nobuhiko Ōbayashi was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2016. His team of doctors feared the director had only three months to live. Ōbayashi defied the odds (although he was very ill) and made two more films before his death (three years after his diagnosis), 2017’s “Hanagatami” and this year’s “Labyrinth of Cinema” which was completed in 2019. In the ... more >

Ben Whishaw, dominant and poised, mesmerizes in “SURGE” | REVIEW

Directed by Aneil Karia Starring Ben Whishaw, Ellie Haddington and Hammed Animashaun Alienation is unhealthy, it is not good for the psyche. Fading into the background with no friends or acquaintances, people who go unnoticed would do almost anything to have their voice heard and for someone to see them. Loneliness and an uncaring world can drive some people to madness. In Aneil Karia’s ... more >

FROM THE SLASHER FLICK DOSSIERS : “There someone inside your house” (REVIEW)

Directed by Patrick Brice Starring Sydney Park, Markian Tarasiuk and Asjha Cooper The slasher film has always been one of the most popular genres in horror films. It can be argued that slasher horror was born of “Psycho.” If that film was the grandfather of the slasher genre, the spark was lit fourteen years later with Bob Clark’s 1974 treasure “Black Christmas” and became a full-blown inferno ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: “The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain”

There is no comprehensive government data on the topic of police brutality, no real accountability. According to the Lancet more than half of all police killings since 1980 do not appear in official government data. The undercounted police killings, of black Americans, particularly, is odious. Since the 2020 murder of George Floyd, more than a thousand people have died at the hands of the ... more >

DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: “Civil War (or, Who Do We Think We Are)” forces us to take a probing look at our Civil War history

The brutal truth about these “United” States of America is that the country was founded on oppression and division, all of which that culminated in an sometimes-false rewriting of history. Case in point: the Civil War was fought over the right to own slaves; this fact is undebatable. Rachel Boynton’s documentary, “Civil War (or, Who Do We Think We Are) is a relevant film about how the ... more >

FILM REVIEW: “My best worst adventure”

Directed by Joel Soisson Starring Lily Patra, Pan Rugtawatr and Geoffrey Giuliano It is not often that a modern film about teenagers avoids turning them into cliches. Even more rare is the film that doesn’t talk down to its audience. It is refreshing to see a film such as Joel Soisson’s “My Best Worst Adventure,” a sweet coming-of-age story in which Jenny, a young woman, is sent to Thailand ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: “A Wake”

Starring Noah Urrea, Kolton Stewart and Sofia Rosinsky Directed by Scott Boswell With a nod to the dreamlike opening to Paul Brickman’s 1983 classic “Risky Business,” writer/director Scott Boswell’s “A Wake,” opens (and ends) with an ambient melancholy led by a moody score from Tim Halo. After the death of a teenager, his family struggles with the emotions of loss that come with his passing. ... more >