Phil Jeng Kane

Phil has written for magazines, corporate videos, online ads, and even an app. He writes with one eye on the future, one eye on the past and a third eye on the Lotto numbers. His social bits are here.  

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

London, 1946. Juliet, a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club, started…

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Review

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY or the potato film—as someone called it at the preview I attended—is the movie adaptation of the 2008 novel of the same name by ‎Mary Ann Shaffer‎ and ‎Annie Barrows. The story concerns a London author called Juliet Ashton (Lily James). The Second World War is recently ended and she has had some success writing a humorous column under a pseudonym, ...

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Isle of Dogs Review

In a near-future Japan, a flu virus infects the dog population. The mayor of Megasaki City, Kobayashi, banishes all dogs to Trash Island, despite a scientist and political rival, Professor Watanabe, protesting that he is close to finding a cure. Megasaki City is emptied of all dogs.  Six months later, the Mayor’s 12-year-old ward, Atari, runs away from home, steals a plane and flies to Trash Islan...

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Isle of Dogs

ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all…

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The Mercy

Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account…

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The Mercy Review

In 1966, Francis Chichester sailed from Plymouth in the United Kingdom and circumnavigated the globe in 226 days with one stop (Sydney). This feat captured world attention and the hunt was soon on to find someone to sail around the world solo with no stops. In 1968, the UK’s Sunday Times launched a competition to encourage this new potential world record and called it the Golden Globe Race. Amateu...

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric…

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Review

Gloria Grahame was a Hollywood film star in the 1940s and 1950s. Her fame has not endured with the general public.  Modern audiences tend to know her for one thing only, Violet Bick, the “It Girl” of Bedford Falls in Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946).  Grahame’s career was tumultuous and she frequently had trouble on film sets attempting to deal with her insecurities about acting. This ha...

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Game Night Review

Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) meet at a bar running a quiz night. It’s love at first sight as the two super-competitive gamers get together. Eventually, they establish a regular game night amongst their friendship group. It’s fun and it keeps the couple in regular contact with another married couple, Kevin (Lamorne Morris) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury) and their friend, a serial ...

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Game Night

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s…

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Sweet Country Review

It is the 1929 in Australia’s Northern Territory. Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris) is an Aboriginal stockman working on the property of Fred Smith (Sam Neill). Fred has a new neighbour, Harry March (Ewan Leslie). He is trying to improve his own property and asks Fred to loan him Sam for a few days. He refers to Sam as “black stock”. Fred tells Harry that everyone is equal in the eyes of The Lord. Sam a...

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Sweet Country

Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an…

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