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On Bruce LaBruce’s Saint-Narcisse (2020)

by Jacqueline Valencia Dominic and Daniel (both played by Felix-Antoine Duval) are twins who have been separated at birth. Their mother is a witch who lives in the woods with her much younger lover. Dominic was believed to be dead and his brother Daniel’s existence was only speculated. In a

Critical Focus TIFF21 Rushes: Mandico’s After Blue, Akl’s Costa Brava, Lebanon, Griffin’s Silent Night, and Forbes & Wolodarsky’s The Good House

by Jacqueline Valencia After Blue (Dirty Paradise) Directed by Bertrand Mandico Bertrand Mandico is back from The Wild Boys with another gender bending and all encompassing world builder. After Blue is a planet where only women can survive. The men who tried to live there died from having their hair

Critical Focus TIFF21 Rushes: Schrader’s I’m Your Man, Fuqua’s The Guilty. and Karam’s The Humans

by Jacqueline Valencia I’m Your Man (2021) Directed by Maria Schrader A successful, but lonely archaeologist (Marren Eggert), Alma, is talked into test driving a romantic robot companion (Dan Stevens), Tom, for extra funding of one her projects. At first, she barely goes through the motions, but Tom is charmingly

Critical Focus TIFF2021 Rushes: Hadžihalilović’s Earwig, Vigas’ The Box, and Goulet’s Night Raiders

by Jacqueline Valencia Earwig Directed by Lucile Hadžihalilović Sometime in the 1940s, a silent little girl named Mia lives in an dark apartment with a man called Aalbert who takes care to install teeth of ice in her mouth every day. This little ritual translates into other odd routines throughout

On Stanley Nelson’s Attica (2021) – TIFF2021

by Jacqueline Valencia Part of Critical Focus’ ongoing coverage of the 2021 Toronto Film Festival. Festival schedule can be found here: https://www.tiff.net/films?schedule On September 9, 1971, the largest prison rebellion in U.S. history took place at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Director Stanley Nelson takes his audience

On Tea Lindeburg’s As In Heaven (2021) – TIFF 2021

by Jacqueline Valencia *As part of our ongoing coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival 2021 Tea Lindeburg‘s debut feature As In Heaven, is an adaption of the Marie Bregendahl’s 1914 Danish novel A Night of Death (En dødsnat). The novel focuses on three generations of women trying to bend

On Kier-La Janisse’s Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) – FantasiaFest

by Jacqueline Valencia (Before this little review, I’d like to commend the people at FantasiaFest for making it possible for disabled folk and people who work from home exclusively, due to being primary caregivers, or whatever iteration keeps us from doing what we love – for making the festival accessible

Another halloween movies post with maybe something different?

by Jacqueline Valencia Everything about this year is odd and upside down due to Covid-19. Birthdays, thanksgivings, weddings, concerts, are all up in the air or modified to a virtual medium. Theatre going is right out, in most places, so the experience of new films has been delegated to what

On Gerald Kargl’s ANGST (1983)

by Jacqueline Valencia Spoiler alert. Analysis and talk of the full movie. You can find this previously obscure film now on Amazon video or Tubi. ………. Angst 1983 (Austria) Directed by: Gerald Kargl Cinematography: Zbigniew Rybczyński Music composed by: Klaus Schulze Cast: Erwin Leder, Edith Rosset, Rudolf Gotz, Karin Springer

On writing film criticism and not getting paid for it

by Jacqueline Valencia It’s a freezing rain day in Toronto. I’m recovering from a bad cold. I haven’t written about film since July and I am fine. I still watch a lot of film though and long to write about it more, but it is a struggle. Life changes right

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