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#TIFF22 On Sophie Kargman’s Susie Searches (2022)

by Jennifer Valencia Susie Wallis (Kiersey Clemons) is an awkward young woman holding down part-time school, a job at Burger Bonanza, and an internship at the Sheriff’s office all while being the primary caregiver to her mother who has MS. She is quirky, unpopular with almost everyone she encounters and

On Chad Ostrom’s The Day After Halloween (2022)

by Jacqueline Valencia Audiences need more horror movies with clever stories. Horror movie lovers can be discerning and quite critical of what they will champion. I do love horror and I’ve loved it since I was a kid. Nothing better than having a pile of VHS tapes to babysit you

On Weerasethakul’s MEMORIA (2021)

by Jacqueline Valencia Jessica (Tilda Swinton) is a Scottish orchid farmer living in Medellin, Colombia. One night she is suddenly awakened by an unsettling, “Bang!”. The camera sits still watching her pondering, maybe waiting for the sound to happen again. The rustle of leaves, her breath, even the buzz of

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 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 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 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

BLOOD! On Andy Milligan’s 70s bad horror films

There’s merit in trash film as there are merits in art film. I often lament the fact that there is so much film I’d love to be able to watch, but not enough of a lifetime to watch it all in. So why watch trash films? Films often catch my

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