THE TRIBE Review | TIFF 2014

     September 14, 2014

After an award-winning premiere at Cannes, The Tribe arrived at this year’s TIFF with a great deal of expectation.  Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s debut feature sports the attention-grabbing premise of being an entirely silent film (aside from ambient noise) played out exclusively …

ADULT BEGINNERS Review | TIFF 2014

     September 12, 2014

Though the duo have nothing to do with the film beyond an executive producer credit, Adult Beginners definitely feels as though it falls within the brand of Mark and Jay Duplass.  It’s a humble little comedy about awkward adults struggling …

THE EDITOR Review | TIFF 2014

     September 12, 2014

The sweet Manitoba chaps behind Astron-6 have been cranking out homemade tongue-in-cheek trash epics like Father’s Day and Manborg for a while now, but nothing they’ve done thus far will prepare you for The Editor.  Granted, it’s a movie that …

TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER Review | TIFF 2014

     September 12, 2014

Documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield (Biggie and Tupac, the Aileen Wuornos docs) has a knack for stirring up trouble on the way to the truth.  His films always chronicle his own struggle to a given subject.  Even when his movies lead …

PASOLINI Review | TIFF 2014

     September 10, 2014

Pier Paolo Pasolini was one of cinema’s greatest provocateurs and his mysterious murder is one of film history’s great mysteries.  So it only makes sense that Pasolini’s life would attract the attention of a certain Abel Ferrara.  The man who …

TOP FIVE Review | TIFF 2014

     September 9, 2014

On stage, Chris Rock is consistently one of the funniest men on the planet.  In the movies…well, it’s been a rocky road.  With a few exceptions (typically in supporting roles), filmmakers have just never been able to figure out how …

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Review | TIFF 2014

     September 8, 2014

Film festivals are a good time to sample the latest work of Noah Baumbach.  The caustic comedic filmmaker’s work can feel a bit nasty when held up against the tripe that often qualifies as mainstream comedy.  Shove it in amidst …

FACE OF AN ANGEL Review | TIFF 2014

     September 8, 2014

Director Michael Winterbottom’s career has essentially been a series of cinematic experiments.  Some have been wonderful (24 Hour Party People) and some have been horrendous (9 Songs).  That’s just the risk he takes every time.  His latest movie Face Of …