Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2022: ‘The Eternal Daughter’ — an Eerie yet Heartwarming Take on the Mother-Daughter Tale

In Joanna Hogg’s sixth feature and fourth collaboration with the great Tilda Swinton, the filmmaker takes on the familiar mother-daughter story with her own twist. The Eternal Daughter follows Julie and her mother Rosalind (both women played by Swinton) as they take a trip to the Welsh countryside. The hotel they are staying at has… Continue reading TIFF 2022: ‘The Eternal Daughter’ — an Eerie yet Heartwarming Take on the Mother-Daughter Tale

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TIFF 2022: ‘Decision to Leave’ ⁠— One of the Most Creative Hitchcock-Inspired Films in Recent Memory

After the critical success of The Handmaiden and his English television debut The Little Drummer Girl, Korean director Park Chan-wook is back with Decision to Leave, which got him the Best Director award at Cannes. A police procedural turned romance film, it follows detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) as he investigates the death of a man… Continue reading TIFF 2022: ‘Decision to Leave’ ⁠— One of the Most Creative Hitchcock-Inspired Films in Recent Memory

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TIFF 2022: ‘Triangle of Sadness’ — a Raunchy, Fun Critique of the Super-Rich and Beautiful

Following his 2017 critically-acclaimed film The Square, Ruben Östlund has returned with another Palme d’Or-winning film, this time set on a cruise ship for the uber-rich and beautiful. Triangle of Sadness, which is also a beauty industry term for the wrinkles between one’s eyebrows, continues to prove Östlund’s mastery of satire.  While collaborating with a… Continue reading TIFF 2022: ‘Triangle of Sadness’ — a Raunchy, Fun Critique of the Super-Rich and Beautiful

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TIFF 2022: ‘My Policeman’ — a Beautifully Shot yet Average Gay Movie

Adapted from the novel of the same name, My Policeman centers on three individuals in 1950s post-war Britain: Marion, a schoolteacher played by Emma Corrin; Patrick, a museum curator played by David Dawson; and Tom, a policeman played by Harry Styles. What seems like a love triangle on the surface is a much more complicated… Continue reading TIFF 2022: ‘My Policeman’ — a Beautifully Shot yet Average Gay Movie

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TIFF 2022: A Return to the Pre-Pandemic Festival + Films to Watch Out For

In Schitt’s Creek, Alexis asks Moira, “What is your favorite season?” She takes a deep breath before answering, “Awards.”  It is the most wonderful time of the year for cinephiles and culture vultures, and the fall film festival circuit kicks it off. After two years of taking safety measures due to the pandemic, the Toronto… Continue reading TIFF 2022: A Return to the Pre-Pandemic Festival + Films to Watch Out For

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TIFF 2021: ‘The Worst Person in the World’—Understanding Millennial Angst Under Societal Pressure

The ironic titling of Joachim Trier’s film is the perfect way to capture how some of us describe ourselves at one point in our lives. Whatever our reasoning may be, however major or minor, we think of ourselves as “the worst person in the world” over it. In the final film of his “Oslo trilogy”… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘The Worst Person in the World’—Understanding Millennial Angst Under Societal Pressure

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TIFF 2021: ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’—a Playful Take on the Tortured Cat Painter Genius

Cats have been worshipped for centuries. At the beginning of the 20th century, paintings of anthropomorphized large-eyed cats were in circulation. Cats, then still a bit of a mystery, became the mainstream, all thanks to a man named Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch).  The Electrical Life of Louis Wain follows Wain’s journey from being the sole… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’—a Playful Take on the Tortured Cat Painter Genius

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TIFF 2021: ‘Last Night in Soho’—Stylish yet Clumsy

After a successful milieu of comedic films (and an action), director Edgar Wright now dips his toes in psychological horror. Last Night in Soho is Wright’s first try with the subgenre, a film set in the beloved titular London district known for being the center of entertainment. Soho follows Elle (Thomasin McKenzie), an aspiring fashion… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Last Night in Soho’—Stylish yet Clumsy

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TIFF 2021: ‘Scarborough’—A Stirring Look in this Diverse Toronto Neighbourhood

The Canadian film scene is a mixed bag full of stories from different walks of life, though most of the recent ones are stories about bourgeois struggle. Then came Scarborough, an adaptation of the 2017 book by Filipino-Canadian author Catherine Hernandez. This captivating book, which received so much praise and prizes, is translated onscreen by… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Scarborough’—A Stirring Look in this Diverse Toronto Neighbourhood

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TIFF 2021: ‘Dune’—A Magnificent Cinematic Introduction to an Upcoming Sequel

After a year of delays, it’s finally here. One of the most anticipated films of this year, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune hits the fall festival circuit. Fans of the book and cinephiles alike have waited for this film to grace the screens as the pandemic delayed its release and controversies about its HBO Max debut boiled… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Dune’—A Magnificent Cinematic Introduction to an Upcoming Sequel