Posts tagged with "festival coverage"

TIFF13 Review: The Unknown Known (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 11, 2013 0 Comment 2576 views

After seeing Errol Morris’ 2008 The Fog of War, which I admired very much, I was perplexed to catch an interview on NPR with Morris that outlined the extraordinary anger that some people felt. It’s not so much that this enraged contingent of the audience disliked the results, but objected the mere fact giving Robert […]

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 […]

TIFF13 Review: Tim’s Vermeer (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 10, 2013 1 Comment 3622 views

For years, controversy has smoldered in the art world regarding Johannes Vermeer and his hyper realistic paintings of middle class Dutch life. To be specific, x-ray examination of Vermeer’s paintings reveal that there were no sketch marks beneath the oil paint to serve as guidelines? How did he do it? Did Vermeer, gasp, cheat with lenses […]

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 Trends: Cumberbatch v. Radcliffe

Posted by Brandy Dean September 9, 2013 0 Comment 2124 views

It happens every year. Some pretty face emerges as the “It” guy or gal of the festival. Oh, how I pine for 2011, when it was the Year of the Gosling and all the local Toronto lady news anchors were dispatched to the red carpet, to giggle their way through reports on how cute he […]

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 […]

TIFF13 Review: Giraffada (2013)

Posted by Brandy Dean September 8, 2013 0 Comment 6237 views

Giraffada, from filmmaker Rani Massalha, is both an entertaining adventure story about young boys and giraffes and a nuanced meditation on the absurdities of life behind the Separation Wall in the West Bank. Plus, it has giraffes. When a giraffe in a West Bank zoo is killed in an air strike, his pregnant mate becomes so […]

TIFF13 Review: Under the Starry Sky

Posted by Brandy Dean September 7, 2013 3 Comments 6149 views

Dyana Gaye’s debut feature Under the Starry Sky is a rich, textured exploration of African diaspora and the fragile hopes of those looking for a new life or revisiting an old one. The drama tracks three separate but interconnected narratives. Young bride Sophie travels from Dakar to Turin to join her husband Abdoulaye, only to find he’s […]

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