This Chinese Neo-Noir has a Lot of Flash, But Doesn’t Add Up to Much More Than a Standard Thriller It’s raining. Late night at a bus station, a woman approaches a man. Her face obscured by a opaque umbrella. It … Continue reading SFIFF Review: The Wild Goose Lake
Noah Baumbach’s Divorce Drama is a Deeply Felt Tale of Undying Love Undone Marriage Story was a movie that I was incredibly skeptical of going in. Director Noah Baumbach is a filmmaker of extreme specificity and hyper-literacy, drilling deep into the … Continue reading SFIFF Review: Marriage Story
Destin Daniel Cretton’s Death Row Legal Drama is Sturdy and not Much Else The difference solid and stolid is a thin line, and in the world of prestige filmmaking it’s a line that is incredibly hard walk. Many movies want … Continue reading SFIFF Review: Just Mercy
Ten days have come and gone more quickly than I could ever have imagined, but my time at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival has indeed ended. I’ve seen a whopping 28 films, the vast majority of which proved well … Continue reading TIFF 2019 Part 3: Many More Tears, Many More Great Female Roles
Day 5 Jojo Rabbit is an indelible miracle of a movie. Taika Waititi’s carefully crafted dramedy about an unathletic, bullied, ten-year-old Nazi true believer (Roman Griffin Davis, the precocious young discovery of 2019) being raised by a single mother (a … Continue reading TIFF 2019 Part 2: Jojo Rabbit Is a Masterpiece Edition
The time has come: once again I find myself in the Great White North, Mama Mordor in tow, to watch the best, hopefully not the worst, and potentially the weirdest of what the world of cinema has to offer in … Continue reading TIFF 2019 Part 1, or: That Time I Saw Nicolas Cage Singing, Live On-Stage, at 2 AM
In early September I was lucky enough to go to sunny and beautiful Toronto to spend a week indoors in the dark attending the Toronto International Film Festival. I’ve wanted to attend TIFF for as long as I can remember … Continue reading I Went to TIFF, and So Can You!