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“WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS” – Experiencing Change

August 20th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Very heart-rending, Words on Bathroom Walls takes a look at the mind and visions of a teen with an illness that affects the brain. Schizophrenia affects about 1.2% of the population of the USA, that’s about 1.5 million people. Empirically the film is not a horror story or a medical documentary, but a coming of age film that involves a young man who finds himself set apart from the norm. It’s also one of the best acted and written films you’ll see this year, but do not forget to bring some tissues and don’t be hesitant to laugh at all the right times. Read more…

“WHERE SLEEPING DOGS LIE” An Action Drama

July 6th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Off the leash, but not in a good way, the film Where Sleeping Dogs Lie gets so convoluted that it leaves the viewer with nothing entertaining. I can be pretty easy on indie films at times, but I found this film predictable, hackneyed and all over the place. I am not sure that the script was not just an adlib from beginning to end, but it sure looked like it. Read more…

“FRIDAY THE 13TH” 40TH Anniversary Steelbook

June 15th, 2020 No comments

Review by John Delia

Now here’s a cool home video for those who like horror thriller movies, Friday the 13th (1980) the 40th Anniversary of the original release uncut in a Steelbook Blu-ray with Digital code. It has a long list of special features, a face-lift for the film and sound pumped up to tickle your audio systems. The film’s biggest accomplishment was the paranoia that the film created with audiences leaving theaters and looking behind them before entering their cars at night. Or even looking under their bed before going to sleep. Well at an early age it did that for me anyway and it took a couple of days to not think about it anymore. 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…

“FERAL” Living Homeless

May 29th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Very interesting the film Feral, a drama filmed like a documentary, follows a young lady as she circumnavigates New York City’s underground and backstreets. It’s a very good production, but the tale runs out of energy toward the end. The performance by Annapurna Sriram as the main character provides a nice arc that peaks a little early before bringing everyone down. Read more…

“THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF” Art and Non-Fiction

May 20th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

A very odd documentary, The Painter and the Thief tells an offbeat accounting of a theft and a relationship with the thief. Quite interesting however, the film plays out like a drama looking for answers and finding an unexpected connection instead. If you are a fan of non-fiction and would like to delve into the reasoning and outcome, then try this film now available on VOD and other platforms. Read more…

“THE POST CARD KILLINGS” a Tricky Mystery

May 16th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

If you are looking for a good mystery with a few twists leading up to a surprise ending, then The Postcard Killings should do the trick. Taken from a “Best Seller” novel by James Patterson and Liza Marklund, the movie is nicely directed, well-acted and the production value looks high end. With not much to choose from due to the corona virus, the Blu-ray or DVD provides a good night of entertainment. Read more…

“Waiting for Anya” Self-Sacrificing and Courageous

February 6th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Having seen many true stories on the plight of the Jews in different lands, you would think there would be a lot of repetition. But the true stories are so many that filmmakers could fill theaters with unending peeks into the horrors of the Nazi’s and those that were afraid to help. This script based on a real happening called Waiting for Anya fits in the category of selflessness and courage. The film has a the elements of others that fit the mold of Waiting for Anya, but the way it is approached here by Ben Cookson, turns the story into a drama that so engrossing that its worth watching. Another thing that separates this film from the others is surprising historical content that Waiting for Anya reveals. Read more…

“QUEZON’S GAME” A ‘tell all’ Historical Drama

January 30th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

The historical drama Quezon’s Game is so compelling that it’s hard to believe that it actually happened with little knowledge of the events until this film. We do know that there was a holocaust, that the Jews were persecuted, their property confiscated by the Nazi Regime, concentration camps were set up, millions were murdered and much more of the noted facts in movies and books. However, this story brings to light more than just the fact that the USA and Canada turned away people that were legitimately seeking asylum, but that our leadership and their ambassadors at the time added to the prejudice and denouncement of certain groups. Read more…

“The Song of Names” A Powerful Tribute

January 10th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A brilliant film that delves into the life of a man who brought music into the lives of people who were caught up in the most intolerable time in history. Set in London during World War II not everyone was afraid to help those who found themselves in danger of being persecuted. Not like most views of the Nazi scourge, this one turns the camera on a Jewish prodigy that was born to bring a message of hope and remembrance to his disrupted world.
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