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’71 Movie

’71

The Northern Ireland conflict gets further coverage from Yann Demange in this thrilling British film. Read More
Automata Movie

Automata

Sci-fi thriller Automata’s obvious parallel – so obvious that it has dominated press publicity — is with I, Robot, both the film and the Isaac Asimov novel it was adapted from. But it is instructive to consider where the two works deviate. Automata is a flawed film, but it succeeds – or, at least, tries Read More
Gone Girl Movie

Gone Girl

On the subject of David Fincher’s disturbing, fascinating Gone Girl, there are a handful of things of which I am sure, and one thing of which I’m painfully unsure. I’m sure that the film is Fincher at his nastiest and most incisive. It’s a searing, cynical depiction of the ubiquitous media circus that poisons and deludes us daily. It’s Read More
Nightcrawler (TIFF Review) Movie

Nightcrawler (TIFF Review)

Nighttime vultures circling around the cynical, cruel world of newsworthy accidents and tragedies are depicted with delectably compelling malice in Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, Nightcrawler. Hitting home runs with feature debuts seems to run in the Gilroy family, with older brother Tony’s excellent Michael Clayton coming out of the woodwork in 2007. With his own Read More
Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett On the Challenges and Opportunities Modern Audiences Present Interview

Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett On the Challenges and Opportunities Modern Audiences Present

The team of director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett made what was one of my favorite films of last year, the stylish, playful, home-invasion thrill ride You’re Next. 2014 is another year, and another home run for the duo as their new film, The Guest, starring Dan Stevens, toys with genre conventions even further, pulling inspiration from films like The Read More
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears Movie

The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

After decades of watching movies, I never thought I would discover a genre I had never heard of before. Such is the case–was the case–with “giallo.” “Giallo” (from the Italian for “yellow”) is a style of filmmaking that mixes a combination of crime, thriller, eroticism, and horror elements with highly stylized visuals and a traditional Read More
99 Homes (TIFF Review) Movie

99 Homes (TIFF Review)

Ramin Bahrani makes a loud return with 99 Homes, his follow-up to the disappointingly received At Any Price. Taking his aim at the U.S. housing crisis, Bahrani tells a gripping story that extends out to a damning statement on American capitalism and the exceedingly wealthy one percent. It’s a big step towards the mainstream for Read More
TIFF 2014: Backcountry Film Festival

TIFF 2014: Backcountry

Opening with the camera tracking towards an unseen but, based on the sound design, grisly sight, Backcountry immediately foreshadows a nasty outcome for its characters. Corporate lawyer Jenn (Missy Peregrym) reluctantly tags along with boyfriend Alex (Jeff Roop) on a weekend camping trip in Northern Ontario. He wants to show her the old hiking trail he Read More
The Zero Theorem Movie

The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam is no stranger to absurd dystopian science-fiction films. His best work came early in his career with films like Brazil and Twelve Monkeys, and his latest film The Zero Theorem feels like an extension to those titles. Written by a creative writing teacher from the University of Central Florida (Pat Rushin), The Zero Read More