Tag: 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF 2012: AT ANY PRICE Review

     September 12, 2012

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The American Dream is based on keeping the nuclear family intact and creating uninterrupted growth of property.  Our families can always be closer, and we can always have more wealth.  That’s the “dream” part, since families can’t stay close if …

TIFF 2012: DISCONNECT Review

     September 12, 2012

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Modern technology has radically changed the way we interact socially.  Go stand in a line, and I guarantee at least a few people will have whipped out their smartphones and are happily ignoring the world around them.  We don’t call …

TIFF 2012: SPRING BREAKERS Review

     September 12, 2012

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Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers is a wild, aggressive, mildly disturbing, darkly comic, and surprisingly thoughtful film about hedonism so thick you’ll about to choke on it.  For college kids who feel entitled to a good time and never want the …

TIFF 2012: IMOGENE Review

     September 11, 2012

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Over the years, I’ve written at length at how far too many indie comedies mistake quirk for character.  Characters feel like people.  They have emotions, goals, fears, etc.  A character can have quirks, but they can’t be quirks.  Shari Springer …

TIFF 2012: A LATE QUARTET Review

     September 11, 2012

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I love it when films help me to understand a new culture.  Usually, I visit these new cultures through documentaries, but Yaron Zilberman‘s non-documentary feature A Late Quartet captivated me with an introduction to the world of orchestral music.  More …

TIFF 2012: ICEBERG SLIM: PORTRAIT OF A PIMP Review

     September 11, 2012

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It’s not everyday that The Toronto International Film Festival features a documentary that honors a pimp, but then not every pimp is Iceberg Slim. Author of the 1969 pulp best seller Pimp: The Story Of My Life, Slim defined the …

TIFF 2012: THE HUNT Review

     September 11, 2012

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It wouldn’t be right to attend a major film festival without sampling at least one soul-crushingly depressing feature and this year the drama making the fest rounds to bum out viewers (in the best possible sense of course) in Thomas …

TIFF 2012: TO THE WONDER Review

     September 11, 2012

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If I were making a parody of a Terrence Malick movie, I’d make his new film, To The Wonder.  It takes all of his trademarks—softly spoken narration, gorgeous cinematography, orchestral score, poetic ruminations—and forgets why they worked in his other …

TIFF 2012: ARTHUR NEWMAN Review

     September 11, 2012

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I walked out of Arthur Newman thinking it was a nice movie.  It had pleasant performances, a light directorial touch, and a positive message.  But the more I kept thinking about Arthur Newman, the more I realized that “nice” isn’t …