TIFF 2013: BAD WORDS Review

     February 10, 2015

As I’ve said in previous reviews, I’m a Jason Bateman fan.  I think his critics are wrong when they say he only plays the straight man role.  That’s the role he’s best known for, and even then “straight man” is …

TIFF 2013: ATTILA MARCEL Review

     February 10, 2015

When you love a filmmaker, it’s always exciting to see them stretch outside of their comfort zone. In the case of Sylvain Chomet, there was something undeniably fascinating about the idea of the man who made Triplets Of Bellville and …

TIFF 2013: LIFE OF CRIME Review

     February 10, 2015

I’ve never read any of Elmore Leonard’s novels, and yes, I’m ashamed.  But I know from the film adaptations of his crime novels that there’s a way to do them right and wrong.  They have a confidence, a swagger, a …

TIFF 2013: TRACKS Review

     February 10, 2015

Tracks begins a quote from Robyn Davidson (played in the film adaptation by Mia Wasikowska) saying that most nomads feel at home everywhere, but she was a nomad because she felt at home nowhere.  There’s a romanticism and nobility in …

TIFF 2013: PHILOMENA Review

     February 10, 2015

Steve Coogan and Judi Dench might not immediately jump out to most viewers as an obvious big screen dream team, but director Stephen Frears somehow saw a peanut butter and chocolate combination in the two legendary Brits and brought them …

TIFF 2013: THE DOUBLE Review

     February 10, 2015

Director Richard Ayoade delivered a visually distinct, memorable, and funny film with 2010’s Submarine.  With his follow-up, The Double, he has made his imagery even more distinct and eye-catching by building a new world from scratch; showcasing Erik Wilson’s gorgeous …

TIFF 2013: HOW I LIVE NOW Review

     February 10, 2015

In Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, perspective on life is supposed to be shown between two extremes.  Life is either ideal or a waking nightmare, and through this comparison we can learn to put our priorities and values in …

TIFF 2013: THE WIND RISES Review

     February 10, 2015

Director Hayao Miyazaki has taken audiences to magical, alluring worlds throughout his filmography.  He’s shown us witches, sorcerers, buses that are also cats, and so much more.  His latest (and, if he’s truly retiring, final) film, The Wind Rises, leaves …

TIFF 2013: MAN OF TAI CHI Review

     February 10, 2015

The first shot of Keanu Reeves’ martial-arts film Man of Tai Chi is of two guys punching each other, so it’s off to a good start.  Reeves’ directorial debut isn’t an homage or reinvention of the genre.  It sticks fairly …

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