TIFF19 Film Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

Written By: Riyan Bajric

As I sat down at the World Premiere of The Personal History of David Copperfield, my first TIFF film ever, as well as my first premiere, one of the most important tools on my side, was honesty. Rearranging the policy of my cinematic ethics and morals, no matter how excited, nervous or ecstatic I was, being plunged into this world of wonder, art and amazement, honesty was my policy, no matter how my levels or adornment were managed. For a first time festival critic, I had many, preordained rituals I have gotten used to while reviewing films before festival season. For example; leading up to the screening, no trailer had been released. Trailers usually give me a compass, of sorts, to see where we are going, something I have become very accustomed to. As well, I had never read the classic Dickens novel in which the film is based on, and I have never watched an Armando Ianucci film, despite what my co-workers have advised me to see The Death of StalinAs the lights dimmed, the actors came on stage with the curators as well as the cast and crew, I sat myself in my seat, soaked up all and everything about my first festival experience, and realized how unique this experience was going to be for me.  Continue reading

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Night Film Reviews’ Best and Worst Films of 2016

Each and every year, as the age of cinema increases, so does the skepticism of the art forms relevance and focus. Ever since doing a “Best of” list to showcase the best that cinema has to offer each and every year, there is always someone or a group of people declaring that the end of cinema; its ultimate demise, is upon us. Yet, this year, moreso, than any other year, phrases such as “profoundly moving”, “the reason we go to the movies”, and “historical achievement” are just some of the many phrases thrown around to more than one of the films released in 2016. Continue reading

The Best and Worst Films of 2015…Thus Far

The half way point of the year has come and is soon to be gone very quickly, which brings us to Night Film Reviews’ annual Thus Far Best and Worst list. Continue reading

Film Review: Chappie

A sense of belonging seems to be writer/director/producer Neill Blomkamp’s greatest asset when it comes to filmmaking. The man behind the revered District 9 picks up the pieces of his fumbled second feature film Elysium by introducing us to the second cutest robot to ever grace the silver screen, Chappie Continue reading

Film Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

When The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was slotted to be released on the same weekend as Marvel’s new powerhouse film franchise The Avengers, no one thought that Fox Searchlight Pictures’ counter-programming colourful indie would perform the way it did. Adding veteran and polished masterclass actors Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson, the original film surpassed all expectations by grossing well over $130 million at the worldwide box office, alas, allowing for the possibility of a sequel and this review.  Continue reading