Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) starts today but looks very different than in years past. It’s virtually virtual! This is certainly a big shift for one to the world’s most famous film festivals given that since its inception (1976) it has grown to attract close to half a million attendees annually. Due to COVID-19Continue reading “Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)”

Venice International Film Festival 2020

The Venice International Film Festival is going forward and begins today running through September 12th (Awards Day). Held on the island barrier Lido Venice, this very popular film festival is enjoying its 77th anniversary and is organized by La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto Barbera. A more restrained format will be in place this yearContinue reading “Venice International Film Festival 2020”

Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9

With the United States 2020 election nearing, the democratic and republican conventions behind us, and Donald Trump grubbing to get re-elected at any cost, what better flick to explore than the highly acclaimed compelling yet controversial documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 by Academy Award Winning American filmmaker Michael Moore. This feature is a scathing report on America’sContinue reading “Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9”

A Serious Man (Coen Brothers 2009 Five Star Creation)

Serious times calls for a serious man! Or does it? When life turns out to be far from the moggy’s meow we have to ask if demanding careful consideration of each situation is in fact the right course of action. This mysterious movie opens with a quote from bible scholar Rashi: “Receive with simplicity everything thatContinue reading “A Serious Man (Coen Brothers 2009 Five Star Creation)”

Cinema And Covid-19 (Movies = Health Benefits)

I’ve always known that watching movies was therapeutic and good for the soul, but it turns out doing so may also be good for your health! Comedies and romance flicks have long been proven to decrease stress hormones, improve coping skills, lower blood pressure, while briefly providing relief from life’s worries. Whereas dramas have beenContinue reading “Cinema And Covid-19 (Movies = Health Benefits)”

Captain America: The First Avenger

Today with America celebrating Independence Day (July 4, 1776) and given the epic fight the USA currently has on its hands battling Covid-19, I thought we could all use a hero! So what better crusader to the rescue than The First Avenger! But before we get started let me be clear, Captain America is notContinue reading “Captain America: The First Avenger”

Da 5 Bloods (Black Lives Matter Tribute)

Spike Lee’s highly acclaimed new Netflix drama that centers on five Black American Servicemen (four of whom return to Vietnam) hits hard with impeccable timing. The release of this film suitably coincides with the recent heightened awareness of the Black Lives Matter Movement that is now gripping the globe. More importantly this movie, much likeContinue reading “Da 5 Bloods (Black Lives Matter Tribute)”

Cast Away (Ultimate Isolation Movie)

Since new movies are hard to come by these days with Covid-19 still reigning supreme, I have really enjoyed re-watching some of my all-time favorites including one of the topmost isolation-based films of all time – Cast Away. This is not the first tale ever told about tropical island strandings (e.g. Robinson Crusoe, The SwissContinue reading “Cast Away (Ultimate Isolation Movie)”

Gladiator (20 Years On Gladiator 2 Sequel Underway)

With Covid-19 lingering much longer than any of us can bear thus inadvertently testing the edges of our increasingly frazzled life-force resolve; I thought writing about a movie that epitomizes a supreme sovereign warrior spirit would be refreshingly welcomed. What better pick than the epic yet macabre battle-to-the-death blockbuster Gladiator! Also, since its creators areContinue reading “Gladiator (20 Years On Gladiator 2 Sequel Underway)”