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“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…

“THOSE WHO REMAINED” Heartfelt and Compelling

February 13th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Compelling and disturbing due to the historical period in Hungary with the occupation of the Russians following WWII, the film Those Who Remained tells a story about coming of age. The acting, direction and production is very good, especially since not a lot has been featured in films about the country’s takeover and the people who came under a different system of government. Read more…

“Tel Aviv on Fire” Comedy with a Twist

August 21st, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

The film Tel Aviv on Fire is a comedy of sorts that entertains with a duel story. The acting is very good and so is the direction, but the very contrived storyline is a matinee soap opera that lacks brilliance. Not my cup of tea, the movie bounces around a bit too much and if you are not aware of the ethnic differences between Israel and Palestine, it may confuse. Read more…

“Let Yourself Go!” a Very Funny Situation Comedy

March 1st, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

It’s a funny little comedy called Let Yourself Go! (“Lasciati Andare”), but what makes it stand out are the delightful performances by Toni Servillo and Veronica Echegui. It has a well-balanced comedy duo that keeps you wanting more of this ‘insane’ romp in Rome. If you are looking for a good dinner and show, then search out the movie Let Yourself Go!. Read more…

“1945” The Long Road for Reprisal

February 16th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Having reviewed a large number of films with the subject of WWII and the persecution of the Jews, I’m familiar with the holocaust, but not the subject matter that deals with this one about the aftermath in the country of Hungary. In the film “1945” the story takes you to a small town where some of the people profited from their dishonesty involving land and businesses takeovers within this strange justified story of payback Read more…

“BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL” (Written Film Review & Trailer)

November 1st, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

If you have seen one samurai fight you’ve seen them all, as so I thought anyway. But Blade of the Immortal has so much action it’s hard to turn away from the screen. It’s slice and dice Japanese style with enough combat to fill two movies. If you are a fan of films like Mortal Kombat then this film should be on your list to see this weekend. You may even know the name Tasashi Miike for his fame directing films like this. Read more…

“AIDA’S SECRETS” (Written Foreign Film Review & Trailer)

October 26th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Heartwarming and heartfelt, the documentary Aida’s Secrets reveals how two brothers find their family many years after the WWII holocaust. It’s not a rehash of one of the most diabolical events in history, but a reuniting of family members. The film holds some endearing moments and a mystery of surprises. Read more…

“POLINA” (Written Review & Trailer)

September 13th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

One of the better art films to come out of Russia and France, Polina shows the determination by a young girl to buck the system and find a different direction in the world of dance. Taught at times, strong willed and conflict-ridden, the film has all the emotions, drama and flare that show an unconditional dedication to the arts. Read more…