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…
Judd Apatow has never really practiced restraint as a director - a trait which I find can either be his downfall or, in this case, something special. He's a loose canon and at times this film seems to be a giant mess; it's all over the place and there is a chaos about it that can come across as annoying. However, there is something different about this film than his previous ones. There is a heart to this that resonated…
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 me or another 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…
The character development is better than that of its predecessor, but it all goes to waste with the downright insipid screenplay. For films that are based off of Hasbro's toy franchise, there's no reason for the lack of self-awareness. It takes itself far too seriously and apart from some incredibly choreographed action sequences - the Himalayan mountain side fight is especially great - it's all pretty tiresome.