Archive for the ‘Foreign’ Category

“PLAN A” a Captivating Film

October 13th, 2022 No comments





Review by John Delia

Very cringing, the film Plan A enters theaters with a story based on a true incident that took place in Germany at the end of WWII. Nicely filmed and produced, the movie is gripping and mesmerizing. It’s so maddening that it’s hard to take sides for forgiveness or revenge. The acting is extremely good, direction impeccable, and production value realistic. Read more…

“My Name is Sara” a Compelling Drama

July 26th, 2022 No comments





Written Review by John Delia

A very taught and powerful true story, My Name is Sara is opening in theaters around the nation and its gripping and heartfelt. Read more…

“Compartment No. 6” Compelling

March 29th, 2022 No comments




Review by John Delia

Captivating and fascinating the foreign film Compartment No. 6 has been released in local theaters. The story could have been filmed in any country, but may not have been as interesting in culture and behavior considering the state of today’s world. Nicely acted and produced, the movie takes you on a train ride into another world unrelated to America. Released by Sony Pictures Classics, this studio is well known for delivering out of the ordinary films to theaters. Read more…

“Golden Voices” a Bittersweet Comedy

February 25th, 2022 No comments



Review by John Delia

Bittersweet, the film Golden Voices tells the story of a 62 year old Jewish Russian couple Victor (Vladimir Friedman) and Raya Frenkel (Maria Belkin) that relocates to Israel in the 1980’s following the dissolving of the USSR. Famous for their voice dubbing of movie films in Russian, the two find it difficult to find similar work in a country that speaks mainly Hebrew. Adding to that, Israel’s neighboring countries are still at war with them and not accepting their independent status. Read more…

“SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER” A Sweet Film with Heart

July 10th, 2020 No comments



Review by John Delia

A British humor film titled Sometimes Always Never is a bit dull for us Americans for about the first 15 minutes until you get used to their dry banter and silly antics. It’s the type of comedy that may seem uninviting, but as this drama plays out the wisdom, warmth of family and heartfelt feeling, it grabs hold and never lets go to the final curtain. Some may see themselves in the characters and maybe wish they had made a few different decisions in life, while others could see the error in their ways when dealing with their children. Read more…

“THE TOBACCONIST” Compelling and Thought Provoking

July 10th, 2020 No comments



Review by John Delia

A very arresting and alarming film, the compelling movie The Tobacconist puts you into the thick of things as the Nazis move to blanket all of Austria politically. Although allowing most all people to continue to work and run business as usual, in the late 1930’s the Jewish and Gypsy population were dealt a blow being stripped of their voting rights. It was the start of dark times for the two groups and this story depicts the oppression and the civil discord connected with Nazi discrimination notably in Vienna where the film takes place. – “Some of the information in this paragraph was obtained from Wikipedia’s history of Austria.” Read more…

“ONE CUT OF THE DEAD” Blood and Zombies

June 6th, 2020 No comments




Review by John Delia

Very campy and a bit over the top, the film One Cut of the Dead is out on DVD and a DVD/Blu-ray Steelbook. The film tells the story of a zombie takeover at a deserted water plant as the director is making a movie about zombies. It’s very unique and a fun watch if you can stick with it. If you like the absurd, than this comedy/horror flick may just be your cup of Saki. Read more…

“TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID” Disturbing and Heartbreaking

May 15th, 2020 No comments


Review by John Delia

“Since the beginning of the Mexican drug wars in 2006, 160,000 people have been killed and 53,000 have disappeared in Mexico. Entire areas of some cities are turning into ghost towns. There are no numbers for many children dead and the missing that have been left behind.” The Producers

Taking you into the slums of a small town in Mexico, the movie Tigers are Not Afraid brings you up-close to a group of destitute children orphaned by a narcotics and human trafficking gang. Told from one young girl’s viewpoint, it’s a very heartbreaking and disturbing film that’s well made with very good direction, acting and visually powerful cinematography. Read more…

“CLOSENESS” A Family Breakup

April 30th, 2020 No comments



Review by John Delia

If you are into good foreign films, here’s a gut wrenching story that takes place in North Caucasus, Russia. The story Closeness plays out like a Romeo and Juliet situation with a female Jewish teen falling in love with a Kabardian in the midst of a family emergency. As the story plays out the film takes the viewer inside 1990’s tribal differences between the populations and the infighting that has been going on for years. Read more…

“BEANPOLE” Haunting and Powerful

February 15th, 2020 No comments





Review by John Delia

A film like Beanpole does not come around that often, but when it does it’s a must see for film buffs and indie lovers who like to wrap their brains around an amazing film that challenges the mind. It’s outstanding and powerful! Set in Russia, the movie tells a haunting story of two women that have to come to grips with life after WWII. It’s the perfect movie that has excellent direction, awesome acting and a daunting storyline. It was Russia’s entry for the 2020 Oscars and chosen in their top 10. It is available at select theaters and soon on VOD and other media. Read more…