Category Archive: Film Festivals

TIFF 2019: NOBADI

As always, many thanks to Courtney of Cinemaaxis.com. What initially seems like potential commentary on Middle-Eastern immigrants flocking to Europe transforms into a dark chamber piece, using the aforementioned construct to initiate a… Continue reading

TIFF 2019: THIS IS NOT A MOVIE

As always, many thanks to Courtney of Cinemaaxis.com. The English foreign correspondent/journalist Robert Fisk, as well as his body of work, is the subject of this riveting documentary that covers his career of… Continue reading

TIFF 2019: LOVE ME TENDER

As always, many thanks to Courtney of Cinemaaxis.com. Still living with her parents, Seconda hasn’t left the house in nine months. After her mother dies in front of her eyes, her father taking… Continue reading

TIFF 2019: RAF

As always, many thanks to Courtney of Cinemaaxis.com. A coming-of-age story with definitive art-house qualities, protagonist Raf is clearly intelligent and creative, a girl in her mid-twenties who is trapped by her lack… Continue reading

ADLFF ’18: ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS [2018]

Island of Hungry Ghosts is a documentary unlike many others. It is incredibly cinematic, with obvious care and precision apparent behind the camera, while the music that surrounds it is also very atmospheric.… Continue reading

ADLFF ’18: FUNAN [2018]

There are countless films that depict horrid acts against entire countries and populations. However, there is not a large amount of such films that are animated. Depending on the style of animation, the… Continue reading

ADLFF ’18: DIAMANTINO [2018]

A bizarre film that is both hilarious and sad with many strange and surreal scenes, Diamantino is determined, maybe too determined, to be as ludicrous as possible. Somehow though, within the bizarre nature… Continue reading

ADLFF ’18: BACKTRACK BOYS [2018]

It unfortunately isn’t news that many young people have it awfully rough, some not knowing their parents, some beaten by them, many falling into the trap of drinking and/or using harder drugs. It… Continue reading

TIFF 2018: SAF

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com A powerful, if not confused, depiction of the attitudes many Turkish citizens have toward Syrian refugees, Saf centres around a naive Kamil (Erol Afsin) who is in desperate need… Continue reading

TIFF 2018: BLIND SPOT

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com Mental illness is often hard to depict in a realistic fashion. There are only a handful of examples where it is treated with respect and dignity without exaggerating for… Continue reading