Fantasia 2020 – The Legend of Baron To’a (2020)

Directed by: Kiel McNaughton. Starring: Uli Latukefu, Nathanial Lees, Jay Laga’aia. Runtime: 1h 43 min. Released: This film had its North American Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on September 2, 2020. In Kiel McNaughton’s directorial debut, The Legend of Baron To'a, he creates a larger-than-life world on a small cul-de-sac in New Zealand, where the … Continue reading Fantasia 2020 – The Legend of Baron To’a (2020)


Fantasia 2020 – For the Sake of Vicious (2020)

Directed by: Gabriel Carrer, Reese Eveneshen. Starring: Lora Burke, Nick Smyth, Colin Paradine. Runtime: 1h 20 min. Released: This film had its World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on September 2, 2020. We’re thrown right into the action of For the Sake of Vicious in the opening scene as a disgruntled man, Chris (Nick Smyth) … Continue reading Fantasia 2020 – For the Sake of Vicious (2020)

Force of Nature (2020)

Directed by: Michael Polish. Starring: Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth, Mel Gibson. Runtime: 1h 31 min. Released: June 30, 2020. Force of Nature feels like the writer of the film, Cory M. Miller, watched 2018’s The Hurricane Heist and said, “Yeah, I’d like to write something like that, but worse.” At least in The Hurricane Heist … Continue reading Force of Nature (2020)

The First Purge (2018)

Released: July 4, 2018. Directed by: Gerard McMurray. Starring: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade. Runtime: 1h 38 min. I remember when I first heard about The Purge. I was excited because of its concept – but it ended up being disappointing. I thought its sequels (2014’s The Purge: Anarchy, 2016’s The Purge: Election … Continue reading The First Purge (2018)

Brick Mansions (2014)

Released: April 25, 2014. Directed by: Camille Delamarre. Starring: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA. Runtime: 90 min. If you see Brick Mansions, remove logic from your list of expectations. You might be giving this film a chance for its action. Hopefully the poster doesn't convince you to see this, because it's kind-of awful. Instead of … Continue reading Brick Mansions (2014)

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

Released: March 28, 2014. Directed by: Gareth Evans. Starring: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Yayan Ruhian. Runtime: 150 min. The Raid 2: Berandal is a direct sequel to 2012's The Raid: Redemption (a.k.a. Serbuan maut), taking place a stated two hours after the first film ends. Since the timelines are so direct, it helps to watch the first … Continue reading The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

V/H/S/2 (2013)

Released: June 6, 2013. Directed by: Various including Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans. Starring: Kelsey Abbott, Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson. Runtime: 96 min. With hearing that V/H/S/2 is stronger than its predecessor, my expectations were slightly higher. What a mistake that was! While this film improves a few aspects over its predecessor, the general quality is worse. … Continue reading V/H/S/2 (2013)

Serbuan maut (The Raid: Redemption) (2012)

  Serbuan maut (The Raid: Redemption) Release Date: March 23, 2012 Director: Gareth Evans Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy Runtime: 101 min Tagline: 1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell   Wouldn’t 30 Floors of Hell have made a decent title? Maybe I only think so. Rama (Iko Uwais) … Continue reading Serbuan maut (The Raid: Redemption) (2012)