Posts tagged with "festival coverage"

TIFF13 Review: Beneath the Harvest Sky (2013)

Posted by Pam September 15, 2013 0 Comment 8221 views

Documentary filmmakers Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet have made their first foray into fiction features with the gripping and realistic drama, Beneath the Harvest Sky. If this film is any indicator of their talents, they have long filmmaking careers ahead of them. Beneath the Harvest Sky tells the story of the young residents of a […]

TIFF13 Review: The Strange Little Cat (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 14, 2013 0 Comment 8484 views

The debut feature film from still-student Ramon Zürcher is precisely the kind of film you haunt a festival in the hopes of seeing. Indeed, this concise and plotless portrait of domestic life has been burning a trail of critical applause from Berlin to Cannes and TIFF13 was abuzz with chatter. The Strange Little Cat did not […]

TIFF13 Review: Bad Hair (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 13, 2013 0 Comment 7378 views

Spoiler: Mariana Rondon’s gripping  film Bad Hair isn’t actually about hair. Rather it’s about Junior (Samuel Lange), a young boy who doesn’t quite fit. Junior doesn’t fit into society’s conventional definition of a boy and, most importantly, he doesn’t fit in the world of his weary mother Marta who is growing suspicious that he might be a […]

TIFF13 Review: Little Feet (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 13, 2013 0 Comment 8078 views

Indie film powerhouse Alexandre Rockwell (In the Soup, 13 Moons) returns with the micro-budgeted family affair Little Feet. Shot in grainy, black and white 16mm, the film imagines Rockwell’s own children as near-orphans on a street wandering mission in Los Angeles to find a friend for a fish (or their dead mom in the water). […]

TIFF13 Review: The Dog (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 12, 2013 0 Comment 3752 views

Remember Sidney Lumet’s masterpiece Dog Day Afternoon, with Al Pacino playing gay bank robber John Wojtowicz, who just wanted some cash to pay for his lover’s sex change operation? Being that Lumet’s film was a true story, there must have been a lot more that happened before and after that hot summer afternoon heist, right? That’s […]

TIFF13: The Double

Posted by Sean Fitzpatrick September 12, 2013 0 Comment 5669 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 Interview: Edgar Reitz and Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision

Posted by Brandy Dean September 12, 2013 0 Comment 4897 views

Where is a filmmaker to go after completing a sweeping, 32 episode (a combined 52 plus hours) feature film about life in Germany between 1919 and 2000? I’m speaking of course about the incomparable Edgar Reitz and his epic Heimat, and it turns out Reitz has the answer – you go further back. And thus TIFF13 […]

TIFF13 Review: The Last of Robin Hood (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 12, 2013 0 Comment 8705 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 8372 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 7169 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 […]

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