Reviews

TIFF’s Flesh + Blood Review: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: Turkish Delight (1973) – NP Approved

TIFF’s Flesh + Blood Review: The Films of Paul Verhoeven: Turkish Delight (1973) – NP Approved

The wistful bleating of a saxophone sets a nighttime scene of loneliness and lost love. We are in a dangerous land of blood and night as we are presented with an unflinching look into depravity and ultraviolence that would permeate Paul Verhoeven’s career as Rutger Hauer has sad... Read More »

Review: Run & Jump (2013)

Review: Run & Jump (2013)

There’s a moment toward the end of Run & Jump when the melodrama reaches full boil. Our frazzled protagonist (Maxine Peake) has locked herself in her bedroom. Three men pound on her door: her husband, a cognitively-impaired stroke survivor; her son, a gay, self-harming teenager; ... Read More »

Review: Devil’s Knot (2013)

Review: Devil’s Knot (2013)

I recently watched the Oscar-nominated documentary The Square, about the enduring political protests in Egypt, and was captivated by its shoot-from-the-hip approach. It created so much urgency that it opened a plot of land for a gripping non-fictional drama. It’s remarkable when ... Read More »

TIFF’s Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven Review: Business is Business (1971)

TIFF’s Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven Review: Business is Business (1971)

A plane lands in Amsterdam International Airport and a man urgently rushes off of the plane on some unknown mission. He takes pensive glances of the concrete landscape before getting into a cab to embark on his mission of seemingly tantamount importance. Spy music plays as his ta... Read More »

Review: Besties (2012)

Review: Besties (2012)

Oof - what a bad, bad movie Besties is. I mean, it’s bad, but the worst thing about it is it doesn’t even have the decency to be bad in an interesting way. This is a film with murder, conspiracy, and Sapphic undertones, but it manages to turn those promising components into a rea... Read More »

TIFF’s Godard Forever Review: Une Femme Est Une Femme (1961) – NP Approved

TIFF’s Godard Forever Review: Une Femme Est Une Femme (1961) – NP Approved

If Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 film Breathless represents a major breakthrough and victory for film, then his follow up Une Femme Est Une Femme feels like the after party: though it lacks some of the heft of its predecessor it shares the same sensibilities, and it’s a hell of a lot of... Read More »

Made in Canada Review: Hills Green (2013)

Made in Canada Review: Hills Green (2013)

“It’s all gonna be brown soon,” muses a character of the greenery adorning the riverbank on which he and his travelling companion sit at a key point in Hills Green, unwittingly invoking the film’s central idea of inevitable decay. They are Shawn and Erin, long-time platonic frien... Read More »

Sundance Review: Notes on Blindness (2014)

Sundance Review: Notes on Blindness (2014)

Film is an inherently visual medium, which means more than it seems to on the surface. Obviously, it means that movies are made up of pictures, that they show us things through representation. But visual communication goes much further than that. Film has the ability to take on i... Read More »

TIFF’s Godard Forever Review: Le Petit Soldat (1963)

TIFF’s Godard Forever Review: Le Petit Soldat (1963)

Jean Luc-Godard’s second film is a lot more serious than his sensational debut À Bout de Souffle (Breathless). It is heavily influenced by the existential philosophy of the era, as well as exemplifying the French New Wave style that would make him famous. The story is told fr... Read More »

TIFF’s Godard Forever Review: Breathless (1960) – NP Approved

TIFF’s Godard Forever Review: Breathless (1960) – NP Approved

A film which revolutionized film form, there is hardly a more highly reputed debut feature than Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. Gloried for its self-aware rejection of filmic conventions, Godard’s subversive and implicitly political work attempts to inform the viewer at the level o... Read More »

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