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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Film Review: Suspiria (2018)

Luca Guadagnino is a director on the brink of creative and artistic freedom following the highly applauded Oscar Nominated film Call Me By Your Name in 2017. So, with the cinematic world at your hands, why would the unique director follow up with a remake of the 1977 classic-camp horror film Suspiria? Clocking in at almost over an hour more of footage, creating whole new characters for the film and a cameo from the original film, Guadagnino creates a blood soaked, poetic and subtextual allegory of evil, darkness and madness for a 2018 audience that may not quite be ready for such a consuming cinematic experience.  Continue reading

Film Review: Isle of Dogs

Audiences around the world go to see a Wes Anderson film for many reasons; imagination, creativity, wonder and most of all, amazement. A man who has crafted and added to, not only a branch of the film industry within the independent market, but an individual who arguable has his own genre of film, proves with his latest that you are able to make an independent success, commercial darling and fading animation style feature film revolutionary. After eight feature films which enrich the medium as a whole, Wes Anderson delved, for a second time, into the stop-motion foray with his ninth future film, and quite possibly his best yet with Isle of Dogs Continue reading

Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughter house that was once known as humanity”.  If there was ever a quote to sum up the films of Wes Anderson, this would be high on the list. Highly inventive, absurd, and at times, narratively incoherent, Anderson’s eighth feature film is a grand, accommodating feature whose self is probably not as grand as the cast it has rounded out.

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