Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2020: ‘Holler’—Escaping Small-Town America

A debut feature from director Nicole Riegel, Holler gives us a glance at the bleak landscape of the small South Ohio town that she grew up in. Riegel captures this life in 16mm film from the point of view of the film’s young protagonist, who embodies the grittiness of working-class life in the dying factory… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Holler’—Escaping Small-Town America

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TIFF 2020: ‘Pieces of a Woman’—A film that navigates grief in an unfamiliar way

There aren’t many stories told about miscarriages and stillbirth; both are still taboos that leave many women suffering in silence. In Pieces of a Woman, a devastating stillbirth is at the core of the story, showing us a shattered mother and the people touched by her anguish. Kornél Mundruczó’s English debut penned by his partner… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Pieces of a Woman’—A film that navigates grief in an unfamiliar way

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‘The Devil All the Time’: The Southern Vigilante

Revenge is always a complex, rich theme fit for exploration. It has been repeated endlessly through time, but it seems everyone cannot have enough of it. While Antonio Campos’ The Devil All The Time demonstrates a good grasp of it, it doesn’t offer a fresh take. The central storyline follows Arvin Russel (Tom Holland), the… Continue reading ‘The Devil All the Time’: The Southern Vigilante

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‘First Cow’: The Tenderness of the American Dream

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow opens with a discovery. A woman walking her dog along the woods unearths two skeletons lying side by side, then proceeds to tell us the story of Cookie (John Magaro) and King-Lu (Orion Lee). Cookie is a cook traveling with a pack of fur trappers. He meets King-Lu, a Chinese immigrant,… Continue reading ‘First Cow’: The Tenderness of the American Dream