TIFF 2011: MELANCHOLIA Review

     June 1, 2014

Lars von Trier’s depression is well-documented. He’s a visionary plagued by his own personal demons. His fears and phobias have kept him out of the skies and the rush of international film promotion. In 2007 they even led him to …

TIFF 2011: JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME Review

     September 16, 2011

The Duplass Brothers’ Jeff, Who Lives at Home opens on a terrific note by bashing the silliness of M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs.  Unfortunately, that’s about as hilarious and insightful as Jeff gets.  While the lead performances are solid and there …

TIFF 2011: THAT SUMMER Review

     September 16, 2011

As TIFF 2011 winds down and festival fatigue sets in, you don’t want to start your day with an awful film.  I can’t blame Philippe Garrel’s That Summer for my schedule or how tired I am.  However, I can blame …

TIFF 2011: SLEEPLESS NIGHT Review

     September 16, 2011

Frederic Jardin’s Sleepless Night is a taut, claustrophobic, and breathless chase and one of the most exciting films I’ve seen at TIFF.  Once night falls in the film, Jardin never breaks the tension as we follow a desperate father wind …

TIFF 2011: INTRUDERS Review

     March 27, 2015

I feel pretty conflicted about Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intruders. On the one hand I recognize that the director is trying to play with the horror genre a bit and take a more psychological and intellectual approach to what starts off …

TIFF 2011: TWIXT Review

     September 16, 2011

Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt wants to take pot shots at every kind of horror story by working under the guise of being a bad horror movie.  Coppola mocks Edgar Allan Poe, Steven King, vampire stories, and 3D but his criticism …

TIFF 2011: ANONYMOUS Review

     November 2, 2011

In Anonymous, Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) tells young playwright Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto), “All artists have something to say because otherwise they’d just make shoes.”  It’s a funny quote when you consider that director Roland …

TIFF 2011: RAMPART Review

     September 15, 2011

In his debut feature The Messenger, director Oren Moverman eschewed the simplistic and pandering Soldiers-with-PTSD story seen in films like Stop-Loss and In the Valley of Elah.  Moverman took a deeper look to see how two soldiers struggled to heal …

TIFF 2011: PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY Review

     March 27, 2015

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory is a tricky movie to review. Documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have been following the unjust arrest and conviction of the West Memphis Three since the initial high profile trial and their films have …

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