Maps to the Stars is not the great film I wanted it to be, but it's definitely Cronenberg's most politically charged in quite some time. Cosmopolis was a small exercise dealing with similar themes, but Maps feels like the fuller, more accessible picture. Cronenberg aims his sights at Hollywood with this feature and in his usual take-no-prisoners style, tears down every superficial detail with incredibly scathing satire.
Stripping Hollywood and celebrity culture of all its glamour, we're presented with a…
Not since Lost in Translation or Before Sunset have I seen a more honest portrayal of a brief encounter between two strangers. Weekend is a simple film; a breath of fresh air that is charming and quite personal. It’s easily relatable — and not just for a gay viewer, but for anyone who’s had to deal with a similar situation — and it transcends sexual orientation to become a universal story of powerful human connection.
I’m not sure if this…
TIFF: Film #10
Over the past few years, Xavier Dolan has become one of the most intriguing names in cinema. In 2009, I got to see his fascinating debut film I Killed My Mother at TIFF. That film established him as one of Canada's premier queer artists and since then Dolan has made two other great films (Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways).
Tom at the Farm is Dolan's fourth feature. He has been spitting out film after film and he is…