In this massive world of cinema, whether you’re a cinephile or not, it’s a guarantee that at one point or another, you’ve all watched a war film. Some better than others, but for the most part, the subject matter of war has always been one of great distain and scruple seriousness. Luckily, this year at TIFF, aside from the high-profile and hopeful Oscar contender Jojo Rabbit, another hidden TIFF entry to the light-hearted war cannon is Military Wives. Continue reading
It’s very rare that I find myself lost in narrative, characters, and comedy, that I forget altogether that I am watching a movie intent on criticizing it. Jason Bateman’s (Horrible Bosses, Up In the Air) directorial debut Bad Words did just that. It allowed me to lose myself in laughter and the evermore outrageous moments, so much so that I almost forgot I had to review the film.
There is a certain respect for festival films, a respect that acknowledges the notion that no idea is too small or no ambition is too large for the subject matter of a feature film. Within the limited space of a logline, Felony sounds like a small, tired and exhaustedly simple idea for a narrative feature length film. Instead, this little film that could, turns out to be a complex parable of the power of choice, the innate instinct to survive and asks the question of, how is the goodness of a person measured?Continue reading
As Josh Stamos (Jessie Eisenberg) drives on the blackened country highway road somewhere in Oregon, he swerves over the traffic lane, trying to avoid a doe lying on the cold asphalt. The car suddenly stops, and Josh, along with his companion Dena Brauer (Dakota Fanning) get out of the car and approach the doe. From a distance, Dena watches while Josh kneels beside the dead animal. “Her belly is warm. She’s pregnant” exclaims Josh. Seconds later, Josh unflinchingly pushes the doe and her barely breathing baby on the side of the road, helpless.Continue reading