Debt Collectors (2020)

“No more hurting my fellow man”. Oh really. Then how come the characters in Debt Collectors “hurt” and spit like no one’s business. I mean male bodies are pounded like tenderized meat trolled out at a Four-star steakhouse. Whoever was in charge of the sound editing via many blaring punches needs a little recognition. Anyway, “Collectors” is a cleanly-staged action film, a pseudo-martial arts mantra, … Continue reading Debt Collectors (2020)

The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

Crafted with restraint, told with startling composure, and all the more uplifted by Kika Magalhaes’ downright deranged performance, The Eyes of My Mother is a disquieting, disturbing & demented psychological horror that paints one of the most unsettling portraits of loneliness & perversion but it isn’t a film that’s meant to appease all. The Eyes of My Mother tells the story of Francisca, a young … Continue reading The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

Extraction (2020)

A lot of times, people can’t figure out who was really in control of a particular movie. Was the director truly the person in charge of every creative and technical choice? Were the producers the ones responsible for most of the film? Or was the cast that carried the whole thing? Extraction might be Sam Hargrave’s directorial debut, but he’s been a stunt coordinator in … Continue reading Extraction (2020)

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

Hotel for Dogs plays it very safe and sticks to a tried-and-true children’s movie formula. For a great many viewers the best thing about the film will be the cute and cuddly dogs that perform various tricks – their training is easily more impressive than the humdrum story, based on a hopefully more consequential Lois Duncan book. The dialogue lacks flair, the acting is expectedly … Continue reading Hotel for Dogs (2009)

Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (2019)

Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs is a 2019 animated film which features the voices of Chloe Mortez and Sam Claflin. The story is loosely based on Snow White and the seven dwarves but with a twist. An overweight woman(Mortez) is transformed into a beautiful version of herself thanks to a pair of magic red shoes and is teamed up with suitors who were magically … Continue reading Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (2019)

The Call of the Wild (2020)

Before writing anything about the film itself let it be noted following. (1) Screenplays are usually related to source materials (works of fiction or documentary depictions of factual events and experiences) with the phrase *based on*, which is mostly read as *copied from* (whether a fictitious depiction or reality) although fully faithful account of events and their protagonists almost never happens, so, in all fairness, … Continue reading The Call of the Wild (2020)

Human Capital (2019)

“Human Capital”, directed by Marc Meyers (“My Friend Dahmer”) is the second screen adaptation of Stephen Amidon’s novel of the same name. I have neither seen the first one nor read the book, but this version of “Human Capital”, mainly being carried on the shoulders of a great cast, is an effortful suburban tale of what happens when people get pushed to their limits, mental, … Continue reading Human Capital (2019)