TIFF 2013: A FIELD IN ENGLAND Review

     September 16, 2013

Writer/director Ben Wheatley has become something of a favorite filmmaker of the Toronto International Film Festival. He’s popped up at the fest over the last three years for the international premieres of Kill List, Sightseers, and now A Field In …

TIFF 2013: UNFORGIVEN Review

     September 15, 2013

Westerns and samurai films translate fairly well.  They both feature groups who have a code, those groups are skilled with a particular weapon, and their way of life has begun to fade as the frontier closes and modernity arrives.  Most …

TIFF 2013: FOR NO GOOD REASON Review

     September 15, 2013

Celebrity documentaries are a tricky beast to make. After all, they are essentially hero-worship as a genre and can have a fairly limited potential if the subject fails to live up to expectations. So, there was a bit of trepidation …

TIFF 2013: STARRED UP Review

     September 14, 2013

In movies, a father-son bond can be repaired in various ways: A game of catch, a cross-country road trip, or a death in the family to name a few.  Starred Up finds a new one by putting the reconnection inside …

TIFF 2013: UNDER THE SKIN Review

     September 14, 2013

Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is strange, visually absorbing, cerebral, and rarely compelling.  The film attempts to obscure its fairly simple story and subtext in order to imply depth, and while it may take a while to figure out the …

TIFF 2013: JOE Review

     September 13, 2013

After watching Prince Avalanche earlier this year, I hoped that director David Gordon Green would continue with smaller, more intimate stories.  With his follow-up, Joe, he has not only built on the palette-cleanser of Prince Avalanche, but also delivered one …