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  • La La Land

    La La Land 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2016

    TIFF 2016 Screening #11

    This is not only the best film I've seen at this year's festival, but one of the best films I've seen at any of the past festivals I've been to as well. A gorgeously crafted ode to the cinema of yesteryear, La La Land modernizes a genre mastered by the likes of Stanley Donen, Jacques Demy, and Vincente Minnelli. I can't remember the last time I spent the whole first third of a movie constantly smiling,…

  • Arrival

    Arrival 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2016

    TIFF 2016 Screening #7

    What a beautiful cinematic experience. Denis Villeneuve is a masterful filmmaker and knows how to make niche films that transcend their own genre and become atmospheric events. Crime thriller? No problem. Mystery? Easy. Science fiction? Done. Arrival is more than just an alien film, it's a film about communication in all its forms. In the hands of the wrong director, this could've become another miserable Independence Day vehicle, but we're lucky to have Villeneuve give us…

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  • Weekend

    Weekend 2011

    ★★★★★ Added

    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…

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2016

    TIFF 2016 Screening #6

    This was the most challenging film I've seen so far at the festival. I'm extremely happy that Tom Ford has made another film after falling in love with his debut feature, A Single Man, 7 years ago. Where that film was a lavish, stunning, period piece, Ford's sophomore feature is more of a self-aware, self-criticizing modern pulp tale that blends genres and styles and has a lot to say about society, consumerism, but most importantly, love…