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THE STALKING FIELDS writers and director use an inimitable story-telling style I’m tempted to regard as unique because of the surprising way so many film elements coalesced coherently. It easy to image that in the hands of other filmmakers it easily could have been a cheesy romp of a B movie. Cleverly controlled and measured frenzy throughout the film adds to its virtuosity. – By Gregg W. Morris
A powerful shaman, Antonio Poyju (played by actor Germán De Silva), is locked away in an asylum as evil demonic forces threaten to take control of Argentina. He must escape the psychiatric hospital and find his daughter, Helena Poyju (played by actress Lorena Vega); their combined powers could save Argentina. But … Helena has forgotten her powers! Antonio must reteach her the ways of magic. Potential audience should know: LEGIONS has oodles of nattily done comedial scenes and vignettes and a head-spinning, out of this world, phantasmagoric ending. Review by Gregg W. Morris.
BACK TO THE WHARF (2020), directed by Chinese Filmmaker Li Xiaofeng, scheduled for North American VOD release January 17, 2023 is, 1, a gem of epic proportions with an a riveting plot that never ceases to thicken; it unfolds like a kinetically charged Rubik’s Cube; 2, superb acting and fascinating characters in unforgettable roles; 3, cinematography fabulous and profound; and 4, a soul-stirring, elegiac film score with a brooding trumpet that can pierce the coldest heart. Review by Gregg W. Morris
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“Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash, we shouldn’t go at all,” Pauline Kale was quoted as saying. And Roger Elbert, author of “Your Movie Sucks,” once acknowledged that some of his fans confided in him their need sometimes to see really bad movies even though the reasons were never explained. This reviewer believed those comments needed to be aired before he got into the guts of the review of first time director Zach Koepp’s 77-minute-long THE WILLOWBROOK, which was released on digital early in November.
Duke Ellington: “Don’t mean a thing if it don’t have that swing.” SHADY GROVE comes up short on swing – but that doesn’t mean that a cult following couldn’t be in the works for a film that in many years from now could become regarded as a classic.
– Review by Gregg W. Morris