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TIFF13: The Double

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick September 12, 2013 0 Comment 4829 views

The person that we see in the mirror is always more confident, attractive, and capable than the one that we present to the world. That mirrored self-image contains everything that we love and hate about our bodies and personalities. Yet, those reflected people seem to avoid the emotional and psychological scars that we carry around […]

TIFF13 Review: The Last of Robin Hood (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 12, 2013 0 Comment 7832 views

Swashbuckling matinee idol Errol Flynn was a cad, or a “walking penis” as a character in The Last of Robin Hood notes. So when he expired at the age of 50 in the tender arms of a 17-year-old starlet it perhaps was not surprising. It was, however, plenty salacious and the Hollywood press had a […]

TIFF13 Review: Ida (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 11, 2013 0 Comment 6758 views

Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski returns home to create Ida, a puzzling and beautiful drama about a young novitiate nun, raised as an orphan in the convent, on the precipice of taking her vows. When the Mother Superior insists that she fist meet her only remaining relative, Ida learns some surprising information about her own past […]

TIFF13 Review: Under the Skin (2013)

Posted by Jared Bratt September 11, 2013 1 Comment 6279 views

I’ll say this right now at the top (sans any longwinded build-up) in my humble summation, Jonathan Glazer’s feature-return to cinema, Under the Skin (after a ten year absence from filmmaking) is an excellent film, dare I say masterpiece, but mark my words here… it is indeed a movie for a specific audience. I genuinely assure […]

TIFF 13 Review: Rock the Casbah

Posted by Jovana Jankovic September 10, 2013 0 Comment 6147 views

Rock the Casbah operates squarely within a couple of familiar categories: national cinema and narratives about troubled family dynamics. Both can, of course, be rich grounds for exploration of identity and relations between self and other. Rock the Casbah (Laila Marrakchi, 2013) attempts both and yet nails neither in a way worth mentioning. Certainly, the […]

Review: Generation Um (2012)

Posted by Jared Bratt September 9, 2013 5 Comments 8661 views

Not knowing how to start this review off per-say, I’m choosing to express these very exact dizzying thoughts of indecisive-uncertainty and thereby establish this annoyingly abstract introduction into discussing Mark Mann’s New York/soul-searchers story, Generation Um (2012). The film stars Adelaide Clemens, Bojana Novakovic, and Keanu Reeves as three thirty-plus somethings (age is never defined) drifting along a […]

TIFF13 Review: Thou Gild’st the Even (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 9, 2013 0 Comment 6028 views

Turkish writer-director Onur Ünlü’s kicks off his mysterious Thou Gilds’t the Even with an epigram from Euripides: Man is created from anxiety. Indeed, our protaganist Cemal is a man of anxieties, which we know right away by his attempted suicide at his small Anatolian village barber shop. And who wouldn’t be anxious in a village where […]

TIFF13 Review: Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 9, 2013 1 Comment 5244 views

Kill Your Darlings, the debut feature from filmmaker John Krokidas, is a love poem to the Beats before they were the Beats. Set in and around the Columbia University campus in the mid-1940’s, the film details both the curious intersection that brought Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs together and the pivotal character and incident […]

TIFF13 Review: MARY Queen of Scots

Posted by Jovana Jankovic September 8, 2013 1 Comment 11912 views

Occasionally, a film so affecting comes along that even a wordsmith like myself can only manage to babble out a few descriptors in lieu of an actual, full sentence. Stunning! Poetic! Mesmerizing! Perfect! Now, an attempt at a real sentence: Swiss filmmaker Thomas Imbach‘s MARY Queen of Scots achieves a remarkable feat — that of […]

TIFF13 Review: McCanick (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 8, 2013 0 Comment 6326 views

When an aging narcotics cop Eugene McCanick (David Morse) learns that Simon Weeks (Cory Monteith), a kid he helped put away seven years ago, is back out on the streets, he quickly unravels in a mess of violence and paranoia. Taking place over the course of one very long day, McCanick manages to lure his […]

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