Category: Film Festivals

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 of the plot, lies an unexpected emotional core, with a pinch… Continue Reading “ADLFF ’18: DIAMANTINO [2018]”

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 is disturbing to hear from such young kids describing the first… Continue Reading “ADLFF ’18: BACKTRACK BOYS [2018]”

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 for a job. He does eventually find one, but it involves… Continue Reading “TIFF 2018: SAF”

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 the sake of entertainment. Often films that broach the topic, for… Continue Reading “TIFF 2018: BLIND SPOT”

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 rendition of Alice in Wonderland. Throughout his career he has made… Continue Reading “Insect (Hymz) [2018]”

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 intended. A running time of under fifty minutes doesn’t help this… Continue Reading “HOT DOCS: ARTEMIO [2018]”

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 in order for him to sing about his culture, his life… Continue Reading “HOT DOCS: GURRUMUL [2018]”

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 paralysed from the waist down. Laura Marie Wayne constructs a unique… Continue Reading “HOT DOCS: LOVE, SCOTT [2018]”

HOT DOCS: THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ [2018]

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com The Accountant of Auschwitz is a well executed, eye-opening documentary. Oskar Gröning was a Nazi soldier whose job was to take the possessions of all the prisoners that were being sent to Auschwitz. He was also known as the ‘bookkeeper’,… Continue Reading “HOT DOCS: THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ [2018]”

HALLOWEEN IS HERE!: THE WITCH [2015]

Directed and Written by Robert Eggers Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw I feel like I can’t come up with the right words to describe this incredible movie, but I’ll try. The lingering atmosphere is executed very well from the beginning,… Continue Reading “HALLOWEEN IS HERE!: THE WITCH [2015]”

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