Author: Jordan Parker

  • VOD REVIEW: President a deep exploration of corrupt politics

    VOD REVIEW: President a deep exploration of corrupt politics

    A documentary with considerable weight, President explores the intricacies of politics in Zimbabwe. In particular, it looks at the 2018 presidential election there, and the results that come from going against a corrupt government. Camilla Nielsson’s documentary is immensely difficult to watch. There’s something about seeing injustice that just burns a fire in the belly. […]

  • VOD REVIEW: National Champions gets sidelined by subplots

    VOD REVIEW: National Champions gets sidelined by subplots

    There’s been an intense recent debate around free labour, unpaid internships and the like. So it makes sense that discussing compensation for collegial athletes be a part of the conversation. National Champions follows a star quarterback who – dismayed with the wealth distribution in college sports – boycotts the championship game until equal pay and […]

  • VOD REVIEW: Streamline a taut coming-of-age drama

    VOD REVIEW: Streamline a taut coming-of-age drama

    Writer-director Tyson Wade Johnston isn’t reinventing the wheel with Streamline, but it’s one hell of a ride. Ben is on the cusp of the Olympics. The 15-year-old is an elite swimmer at the top of his game. But as he enters the defining time of his life, the return of his ex-convict father threatens everything. […]

  • VOD REVIEW: A Week In Paradise is 90 minutes of cliches

    VOD REVIEW: A Week In Paradise is 90 minutes of cliches

    Malin Akerman made a difficult decision when she left Showtime drama Billions in 2019. But if her recent output is any indication of what’s to come, she made a career-ending mistake. Akerman stars in this Hallmark-style rom-com about a woman who goes on vacation after she catches her boyfriend cheating. In the process, she finds […]

  • STREAMING REVIEW: I want more of I Want You Back

    STREAMING REVIEW: I want more of I Want You Back

    When a romantic comedy movie can manage to excite, entertain and endear itself to you all in the span of 120 minutes, it’s something to be admired. I don’t think a movie has spoken to me like this one in a long time, and it managed to be entirely adorable all the while. This Amazon […]

  • THEATRICAL REVIEW: Blacklight is more ass-kicking Liam Neeson we didn’t ask for

    THEATRICAL REVIEW: Blacklight is more ass-kicking Liam Neeson we didn’t ask for

    Since Liam Neeson started an unlikely career resurgence as a gruff-voiced action star in 2008’s Taken, it seems he’s impossible to slow down. It was novel at first, but watching an elderly man beat up stuntmen has officially grown tired. A one-time Oscar nominee, Neeson a splendid performer – as evidenced in Martin Scorcese’s under-appreciated […]

  • 2022 Oscar Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

    2022 Oscar Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

    Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and as always, they went their own way. It’s not surprising that the Best Picture nominees are, once again, out of step with the top box-office performers. The general public doesn’t know anything about Drive My Car, Belfast, Licorice Pizza or CODA, and King Richard bombed, despite fantastic reviews. […]

  • STREAMING REVIEW: Book Of Love skips some chapters, but it overflows with cuteness

    STREAMING REVIEW: Book Of Love skips some chapters, but it overflows with cuteness

    I’m not going to sit here and tell you Book Of Love is some romantic masterpiece. It’s shallow, a little bit silly, and you’re going to have to suspend disbelief. That said, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, everyone will be looking for some entertainment to put a smile on their face. This one […]

  • VOD REVIEW: Corey Pegues documentary an explosive exploration of cops, gangs and the road to redemption

    VOD REVIEW: Corey Pegues documentary an explosive exploration of cops, gangs and the road to redemption

    The New York Police Department was thrown for an absolute loop upon the revelation in 2014 that a retired cop was a criminal before the academy. Corey Pegues – who rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Inspector in the NYPD – had no prior convictions when he decided to turn his life around. […]

  • VOD REVIEW: The Long Night provides brisk frights, but falls flat of high ambitions

    VOD REVIEW: The Long Night provides brisk frights, but falls flat of high ambitions

    From the beginning, it becomes clear that The Long Night aspires to be more than just jump scares and shallow tricks. Rich Ragsdale – an accomplished music video director and writer – takes the helm here, and creates an intriguing horror film. It’s well-wrought and shocking, even if it doesn’t always hit the mark. Writers […]