Rental Pick: Don’t Make Me Go (2022)

I’m always intrigued by father/daughter relationship stories as I grew up without a dad. This one is especially interesting as it stars John Cho in a rare but welcomed leading role as a single dad named Max who learns he has a fatal brain tumor. Despite the downbeat premise though, this road-trip drama written by …

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TCFF 2022 Review: The Unknown Country (2022)

I’m always drawn to see stories about people revisiting their past, especially after a significant family loss. As I have lost both my mother and my grandma in a span of four years, the story of Tana (Lily Gladstone) who’s grieving for the passing of her grandmother resonates with me. An invitation to reunite with …

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FlixChatter Review: My Donkey, My Lover & I (Antoinette dans les Cévennes)

I saw this movie over a year ago at Minneapolis-St Paul Film Festival and finally, it gets a US distribution in July. Ever since I saw Call My Agent! on Netflix a few years ago, I absolutely adore most of the cast, including Laure Calamy who played Noémie. Here she plays Antoinette, a school teacher …

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FlixChatter Review: Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)

What are crawdads you say? Yes, I had to look this up. The only other reference to crawdads in a film that I can remember was in the Coen Brothers’ highly funny Raising Arizona (1987). Turns out they are crayfish – termed ‘crawdads’ in the central and southern regions of the U.S. In this film …

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FlixChatter Review: Book Of Love (2022)

I was sold on the amusing premise that a Mexican book translator rewrite the entire story of an uptight English author’s novel into a steamy erotic fiction. That plot, albeit unrealistic, is a pretty hilarious setup for a rom-com and it certainly looks that way at first. I was quite intrigued by Spanish actress Verónica …

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FlixChatter Review: Turning Red (2022)

Pixar has always been able to take on weighty, serious subject and somehow make it a fun, humorous family entertainment. This time, filmmaker Domee Shi takes on a theme of teen puberty and the journey of self discovery. As a Southeast Asian-born critic, naturally it's wonderful to see part of myself represented in Turning Red's …

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FlixChatter Review: The Power of the Dog (2021)

This is the kind of film that is best experienced when you have very little information about the story. So with that in mind, I’ll skim on details about the plot and let you discover them on your own. At the center of the story is a wealthy rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) who lives …

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