Review – Getting the… (“Shaft”)

Not to be confused by the 1971 OR the 2000 film of the same single title, this is actually a sequel (Shaft 2?) to the 2000 movie. Whereas the 2000 film was gritty, grimy, and had John Shaft as an angry, disgruntled ex-cop, this time around the mood is changed. It’s a comedy. Yup, you…

Review – Welcome Home? (“Donovan Reid”)

A young man walks into a police station. Either unable or unwilling to speak, he non-verbally asks for something with which to write. Given a pen and a piece of paper, he scribbles down and displays the following: “I am Donovan Reid”. So begins Donovan Reid, a film co-written and directed by Austin Smagalski. Filmed…

Review – Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road (“Rocketman”)

This story of how Reginald Kenneth Dwight of England became legendary piano-man Sir Elton Hercules John in what can only be described as a two-hour music video selfie. Think of Bohemian Rhapsody mixed with Mamma Mia!  * Just like 2018’s, Bohemian Rhapsody, we bear witness to the rise and fall (and subsequent rise again) of…