Category Archive: Film Festivals

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

Insect (Hymz) [2018]

This is the last film from Czech director Jan Svankmajer, and he exits the world of film in a typically weird way, much like his first feature film which was a very creepy… Continue reading

HOT DOCS: ARTEMIO [2018]

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com Artemio manages to both be an incredibly natural feeling documentary, one where the fourth wall is rarely if ever broken, and a film that fails to deliver the message… Continue reading

HOT DOCS: GURRUMUL [2018]

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com Music is a universal language. The art of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, born blind, is more than music; his voice speaks to everyone despite the language barrier, it transcends everything… Continue reading

HOT DOCS: LOVE, SCOTT [2018]

An incredible story that is hard not to be moved by, Love, Scott is a raw look into the life of Scott Jones who was attacked because of his sexual orientation and consequently… Continue reading