Anthony Francis

Total 104 Posts

‘Violent Night’- Film Review: A Bloody and Funny Yuletide Treat

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause. His gift for 2022 is a successful mixture of heartwarming Christmas spirit and blood-soaked action that pays homage to the original “Die Hard” and “Home Alone” films. The proof is in the figgy

‘Sr.’- Film Review: A Tender, Touching Tribute From A Son To His Father

“Sr.”, is the touching new documentary (directed by Chris Smith) about late filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. Can we call it a tribute to a unique artist or is it to be seen as a grand farewell? Does the film exist

‘Sam & Kate’- Film Review: Two Sets Of Acting Families In A Mismarketed Gem

In the surprisingly touching new film “Sam & Kate”, Sissy Spacek and Dustin Hoffman co-star with their real-life respective offspring, playing their fictional daughter and son. While this could be seen as stunt casting, what transpires is a deeply felt

‘The Fabelmans’ Review: A Master Filmmaker Captures Our Hearts And Imaginations

The films of today have lost their sense of wonder. In the digital age, a large portion of modern filmmakers lack the skill to use the lessons taught by the great directors of the past. Even fewer know how to

‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’- Film Review: The Biopic As Parody

“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” does the right thing in presenting the life and career of Weird Al Yankovic. It sets out to deviate from the standard biopic and plays everything as farce. Yankovic’s life is void of the “rise

‘Causeway’- Film Review: A Literate Tale Of Human Compassion

One of the most fascinating things about Lila Neugebauer’s “Causeway” is how the director constructs the film to unfold patiently and instep with Jennifer Lawrence’s Lynsey’s slow recovery and Brian Tyree Henry’s James and his journey through personal loss. The

‘Triangle of Sadness’- Film Review: Too-Obvious Class Structure Satire

Parodying the smug bourgeois and their superior personalities is nothing new. Buñuel did it best in many films. Pier Paolo Pasolini tried but became a parody of himself. Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner “Triangle of Sadness” is a cinematic cocktail

‘Terrifier 2’- Film Review: A Blood-Soaked Horror Treasure

Beware all those who do not look back on the VHS “video nasties” of the 1980s with a loving nostalgia. “Terrifier 2” is a blood and guts-soaked tribute to those thrilling days of practical gore yesteryear, and then some! Beginning

‘Halloween Ends’: Film Review- The Finale Of The Strode/Myers Saga

The end is no longer nigh. The saga of Laurie Strode and Michael Myers is put to rest in David Gordon Green’s “Halloween Ends”. 2018’s “Halloween” was created to wipe out the bad taste of the sequels to John Carpenter’s

‘Dark Glasses’: Film Review- Dario Argento Returns To Giallo

Creatively brutal violence. Grotesque deaths. A leather-gloved killer loose on the streets of Rome. “Dark Glasses” (“Occhiali neri”) finds Dario Argento successfully returning to his Giallo roots, delivering his best film since 2005’s “Ti piace Hitchcock?”. While not an Argento