Part of the 30 countries festival. Italy
I want to capture my immediate reaction to this, my first Fellini film. I am far too emotional right now to settle down and reflect or read other reviews - I just want to write.
I cried. I can't say that it is the first time I've ever cried in a film, but it is the first time I have ever cried in what wasn't an overtly manipulative crying moment. It was the…
I'd almost forgotten how beautiful this movie looks. At first glance this is a strange choice when you consider its intention is to depict the unfairness and misery of the GDR.
Christian Petzold’s Barbara stars the coolly brilliant Nina Hoss as our eponymous lead character effectively sulking, as one character puts it, outside the rural hospital where she is about to start work.
Barbara is a doctor, one that has recently been incarcerated we learn, and subsequently exiled to this…
Nine years after Jesse and Celine spent a magical night together in Vienna, Before Sunset sees them reunite in Paris after their hastily-arranged plans to meet six months after their initial meeting never materialised. If Before Sunrise was a whirlwind testament to the beauty and spontaneity of love and attraction, Sunset is the bitter reminder that life often ends up getting in the way of the bright-eyed thrill of romantic endeavors. It is a film that…
A guy and a girl meet on a train and decide to spend an impromptu night together in Vienna. They enjoy the brief time they have together riding streetcars, browsing record stores, walking by the river and musing over all of life’s big’s questions. In the hours they have in each other’s company, with a historic European city as their backdrop, they fall in love with one another. This sounds like it could be a rather…
TIFF 2016: Film # 1/22
Location: Ryerson Theatre
Runtime: 162 minutes
After driving 4hrs into Toronto, getting my tickets ('hard' tickets as opposed to now printing online via Ticketmaster or a cell-phone barcode) from the box office, and racing over to the Ryerson, I arrived in line at around 3:45pm. I met a guy from Brazil who was volunteering & experiencing his first TIFF, all fired up. The anticipation and excitement was high, but my energy level was not…
Uncomplicated and unpretentious, Roman Holiday is composed of a simple beauty that, after 62 years, still makes it one of the most enjoyable and joyful films in the history of cinema; a motion picture where what you see is what you get, William Wyler's mini masterpiece remains a benchmark for romantic comedies. The beauty and magic of this film is in its genuine simplicity; it's an incomparably charming masterwork that shows that being a [modern] princess might not be so…
Like many of those who jump into the Kubrick archives at a young age, I first saw Dr. Strangelove at a time in my life where it made little sense to me. It’s a film comprised of subtle exchanges, self-aware nods, and biting satire that appeals to the informed rather than the novice. Thankfully, as time pushes me from high school to university to life as a full grown adult, I’ve become completely responsive to the many joys provided by…
TIFF16 Film #1
Reason for Pick – Eli’s Hayes’ review out of Cannes
Toni Erdmann is a complex dance that paints the outline of the relationship between a lonely father and his career occupied daughter who's living abroad.
I went in with the impression that this was going to be two hours and forty minutes of non-stop laughter. It isn’t. While there are frequent laugh-out-loud moments, and two scenes that sends the audience into fits, the remainder ranges from poignant…
In observing the life of writer, husband, and lover of the art and science of film, Roger Ebert, Steve James tells a story that is as robust as the documentary's subject itself. Layered in examinations of Ebert's talents, loves, politics, friendships, struggles, and impact, "Life Itself" is a potent, moving, and inspiring work celebrating the man to whom contemporary movie fans, critics, and writers owe a debt of gratitude.
"Life Itself" charts Ebert's life from his boyhood to his death,…
The White Sheik may be Federico Fellini's solo feature film debut, but even being the earliest of his work I was impressed to see the same assuredness that I had come to expect from him. Even from the beginning Fellini had a strong eye for shot composition and there are several wonderfully designed sequences. Right from the beginning he had that strong and unique storytelling voice dealing with fantasy versus reality and exploring Italian perceived morality. It was also interesting…
”Your men died very well Colonel.”
My knowledge of German language is zero. I don’t understand any single word of it but when in the closing moments of the movie the captured young German girl starts singing, like the awe-struck French soldiers, I was in tears. After witnessing some of the most frustrating, painful and upsetting scenes of any war movie, like the characters involved in the film, we viewers find, for the first time, a glimpse of hope, beauty…
Down there it’s dark. And silent. There are no windows in a submarine. You can’t look out. You don’t know where you are. You don’t know what’s ahead of you or behind you. Even your fancy periscope cannot help you when you’re deep in the ocean. It is just you and the iron giant that like a mother’s womb embraces you and promises to protect you. Down there you don’t even have enough space to sleep or move or…