TIFF 2012: A Look Back

     September 15, 2012

Later today, I will be on a plane home.  I have spent the last ten days at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and given a reminder on how film festivals are exhausting and a total blast.  I’ve gotten a …

TIFF 2012: FRANCES HA Review

     September 15, 2012

Even though his films are most easily classified as comedies, you rarely feel good coming out of project by writer/director Noah Baumbach. That’s not a bad thing as his caustic wit and insightful observations about terrible, self-obsessed people have lead …

TIFF 2012: GHOST GRADUATION Review

     September 13, 2012

Javier Ruiz Caldera‘s Ghost Graduation mashes-up The Sixth Sense, Heart and Souls, and The Breakfast Club, and does so with a big smile on its face.  Happily aware of the clichés of ghost films, Ghost Graduation has plenty of fun …

TIFF 2012: PASSION Review

     September 13, 2012

There’s a difference between “old-school” and “out-of-touch”, and Brian De Palma‘s Passion disappointingly falls into the latter.  In an attempt to dig into his old bag of tricks when making a sexual thriller, Passion starts out promising, but then slowly …

TIFF 2012: HELLBENDERS Review

     September 13, 2012

Hellbenders teaches a valuable lesson: even with a neat premise and a strong cast of a character actors, a film can get real old, real fast.  Writer-director JT Petty wants to coast on the hook of a bunch of hellbound, …

TIFF 2012: NO ONE LIVES Review

     September 13, 2012

Ryûhei Kitamura‘s No One Lives is trying so hard to be cool, it hurts.  It is a complete and utter wreck of a screenplay that sounds like it was written by an idiotic 16-year-old boy.  The acting is abysmal, and …

TIFF 2012: THE PAPERBOY Review

     September 12, 2012

Lee Daniels‘ The Paperboy technically has a plot.  It’s an idiotic, rambling plot that has no level of cohesion or momentum whatsoever, but it’s a story that chronologically follows from “A” to “B”.  Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy has characters.  They’re …