Posts tagged with "festival coverage"

EUFF13 Review: Reflections in the Emerald Isle (2013)

Posted by Lesley Coffin November 20, 2013 0 Comment 2439 views

James L. Brooks one stated (I paraphrase) that specificity is key to identification.  To connect personally with people, in documentary or narrative films, a film doesn’t have to reflect your own situation exactly; only present something intimate and specific enough that you feel empathy for the subjects or characters.  Recently we’ve seen films which have […]

EUFF13 Review: Jackie (2012)

Posted by Claire Dunderman November 19, 2013 0 Comment 2333 views

More than just a sister travel flick, Jackie delves into the human question of finding where we come from. The film does a good job with representing a diverse female cast, but unfortunately falls into the trap of cliches. A particularly notable performance from Carice Van Houten as the ever-complaining Sofie injects the film with […]

EUFF13 Review: God Loves Caviar (2013)

Posted by Claire Dunderman November 18, 2013 0 Comment 2590 views

When one thinks “pirate,” Johnny Depp and swashbuckling come to mind, not Catherine the Great. But with the Greek film God Loves Caviar, she becomes just as much entangled with the devious actions of a pirate as any other skull and bones flick. The film does a good job at flashiness but lacks a bit […]

EUFF13 Review: Dream Team 1935

Posted by Lesley Coffin November 17, 2013 0 Comment 3117 views

The “inspired by true events” sports film is nothing new.  We’ve seen it in Miracle (about US Hockey’s victory), Cool Runnings (about Jamaican bobsledding) and Chariots of Fire (about UK track and field).  Now we have the Toronto premiere of Aigars Grauba’s Dream Team 1935 about the Latvian basketball team which won the first European […]

EUFF13 Review: Bajari: Gypsy Barcelona (2013)

Posted by John Munshour November 16, 2013 0 Comment 3054 views

It is a commonplace to think of traditions purely in the terms of things that are threatened or in crisis. In Bajari (2013), Eva Vila’s film about Flamenco and its closely knit community of performers, no such threat is visible. The music here is an active, vibrant, vitalizing force, and Bajari provides engaging access to […]

RWM2013 Review: InRealLife (2013)

Posted by Pam November 15, 2013 0 Comment 1970 views

Director Beeban Kidron’s new documentary, InRealLife, is one of those films that poses more questions than answers. She interviews a variety of teenagers experiencing the extreme effects of growing up in and living an online digital life. Stories of young porn, gaming and phone addicts, of cyberbullying, of disengagement with the real world. Their stories […]

RWMFF 2013 Review: Alien Boy

Posted by Toyiah Murry November 14, 2013 1 Comment 2615 views

James Chasse, better known as Jim Jim to loved ones, was an avid lover and creator of art.  His passions included punk music, writing poems, doodling comics rooted in absurdity, then leaving them for random people to stumble across in public places. James was different, strange even, but his presence left life-altering impacts on those […]

EUFF13 Review: Dinner with My Sisters (2011)

Posted by John Munshour November 13, 2013 0 Comment 2460 views

If you’re a big fan of having your movies explained to you very, very carefully, be sure to check out the North American debut of Michael Hapeshis’ 2011 film, Dinner with My Sisters. Set in Cyprus, a land filled with sunshine and expository dialogue, this movie follows Dr. Michael Kolovos (Andreas Karras) as he returns […]

RWMFF 2013 Review: Nuts (2012)

Posted by Brandy Dean November 13, 2013 0 Comment 2333 views

The French title of Nuts, the debut feature from Yann Coridian, is Ouf – both the sound you make when punched in the gut and the French slang for fou, meaning, well, nuts. That clever little bit of word play pretty much says it all about this movie. Nuts is a wry, dry, humorous look at […]

RWMFF 2013 Review: Slipping Through the Cracks

Posted by Toyiah Murry November 12, 2013 0 Comment 2057 views

In a span of 24 minutes Diego Herror’s Slipping Through the Cracks manages to showcase the tragic status of China’s current mental health bureaucracy. Ruled by one governing party, China’s population tips well over a billion leaving an estimated 170 million citizens afflicted by mental disorders to manage in a country just entering its infancy […]

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