Tag: movie review

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

On Javier Andrade’s Lo Invisible (2021) #TIFF21 review/analysis/discussion

by Jacqueline and Jennifer Valencia Jacqueline: The weeks of TIFF21 have been full. Full of work from home in the middle of the pandemic and finally sending my child to school again. Our intentions with covering TIFF this year were to review as much as we had time for in

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

TIFF17 On Bergroth’s MIAMI and Lehotsky’s NINA

by Jacqueline Valencia (Editors note: Both films are part of TIFF’s 2017 Contemporary World Cinema Programme) Miami (2017) dir.: Zaida Bergroth Director Zaida Bergroth’s Miami stars Krista Kosonen as Angela a charming show dancer and Sonja Kuittinen as her small town sister Anna. Anna finds her long lost sister and through admiration and a

Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce (1985)

by Jacqueline Valencia The appeal of films like the late Tobe Hooper‘s Lifeforce is that I like being entertained. It doesn’t matter if the film is good or bad, I frankly would like to feel like I didn’t waste my time watching it.  A good film provokes me to think or it makes

On Julia Ducournau’s Raw (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell Debuting at Cannes and infamous for causing fainting spells during its screening at TIFF, Julia Ducournau’s meaty debut was bound to end up on my radar. I’d been chomping at the bit to finally see this French/Belgian gem. But I was crestfallen upon learning that Canada wouldn’t

On Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017) – spoiler free review

by Jacqueline Valencia There is so much I could say about this Jordan Peele’s Get Out. However, in an effort to not spoil the film for any readers the best thing I can do is give you my reasons why I feel this is an important film. I’ll be linking a

On XX (2017)

by Kayann Mitchell Happening amazingly for the first time ever with XX we have four female writer directors, Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), and Jovanka Vuckovic coming together to channel their creative ju-ju into four tales of horror and suspense. Let’s see what the Ladies have to

On Andre Øvredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell I’m a massive fan of Andre Øvredal‘s Trollhunter. It was a fun bit of filmmaking. Highly recommended if you haven’t already seen it. Go forth now and do so. Its required viewing! This however is a different beast. We open on a murder scene that seems inexplicable to

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