Reviews

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

Festivals, Reviews

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

Festivals, Reviews

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

Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2021: ‘Charlotte’—The Beauty of Life Over the Ugliness of Human Nature

Stories about the Holocaust are told time and time again so that we may never forget what happened during such a dark period in history. In Charlotte, we are introduced to one creative soul that lived through the horrors of being Jewish. Produced by Keira Knightley (voicing Charlotte), Marion Cotillard (who voiced the French version),… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Charlotte’—The Beauty of Life Over the Ugliness of Human Nature

Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2021: ‘Spencer’—A Stunning Character Study Unlike the Other Dianas

This year would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday. Her story is a tragedy known all over: a beautiful woman who fell in love with a prince, the heir to the once-mighty British Empire, who did not love her back. Despite that, she used her status to help others and the world learned to love… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Spencer’—A Stunning Character Study Unlike the Other Dianas

Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2021: ‘Titane’—Both Horrifying and Uplifting

Seeing this promotional photo for Titane would immediately make one conclude that this film has some sort of Fast and Furious vibe, filled with cars and sexy women; but it’s more than that. Maybe even different than that. Julia Ducournau’s second feature film is an absolute thrill ride from start to finish. The film follows… Continue reading TIFF 2021: ‘Titane’—Both Horrifying and Uplifting

Essays, Festivals

Online Film Festivals: A Pandemic Alternative for a Safer Moviegoing Experience

As the film community watched Cannes move its dates multiple times, other festivals scrambled to find a better alternative to continue. Cases were rising everywhere and no one could see the situation get any better in time for the Fall festival circuit. Venice then announced that it will continue with a limited number of films.… Continue reading Online Film Festivals: A Pandemic Alternative for a Safer Moviegoing Experience

Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2020: ‘Ammonite’ — A Sensual Take on Paleontology

“She sells seashells by the seashore,” a well-known tongue twister everyone grew up with, might have been about Mary Anning (Kate Winslet), a paleontologist in Victorian England. The latest addition in the growing catalogue of lesbian period films, Francis Lee’s second feature Ammonite follows Anning and her love affair with Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), which… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Ammonite’ — A Sensual Take on Paleontology

Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2020: ‘Nomadland’ — A Look into America’s Lesser-known Pioneers

A decade after the Great Recession and amid the economic downfall we are facing during a global pandemic, films tackling the lives affected by these events are sure to come out time and time again. But it’s rare for one to carry emotional weight and affect the viewer. Chloé Zhao’s adaptation of the book of… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Nomadland’ — A Look into America’s Lesser-known Pioneers

Festivals, Reviews

TIFF 2020: ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’—the Bosnian Genocide through a mother’s eyes

The Yugoslav Wars are familiar to those in the Balkan regions. Outside that, few people can really tell what happened nearly three decades ago. One of the most brutal ethnic cleansings in recent memory happened in Bosnia, specifically in one town called Srebrenica, where 8,372 Bosnian men and boys were slaughtered. Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanic’s… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’—the Bosnian Genocide through a mother’s eyes