• White Noise

    White Noise

    ★★★★½

    Noah Baumbach, you fucking madman!

    White Noise is not only a hilarious riot, but a scarily close to home film on a personal and global level. It's a precise mess, perfectly capturing a universal fear in all its tonal dissonance. Adam Driver, please keep delivering captivating performances in the most batshit crazy of movies. Greta Gerwig, I adore your directing and writing but I hope we'll continue to see more breathtaking performances like this one. An existential crisis of a movie, and that is meant to be the highest compliment. Also, flawless ending!

  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★★★½

    Did I seriously go see Avatar again after having just seen it in IMAX 3D a few days ago? Why yes, yes I did. And yes, this movie still fucks.

    This time I saw it in a Dolby Cinema in 3D and this version did have HFR. And guys... I think James Cameron figured it out! The use of it within Avatar itself is only for select sequences, but they help provide a smoother image without resorting to the soap…

  • Blonde

    Blonde

    There's a way that this movie could have worked. There are ideas regarding how women are exploited within the film industry and thus robbed of their agency. I think telling that story with Marilyn Monroe could have been profound. And within the movie we got, there are glimpses of that potentially great movie.

    The problem is that Blonde is written and directed by a filmmaker who does not trust his audience. Andrew Dominik insists on beating you over the head…

  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★★★½

    13 years and a 4K HDR remaster in IMAX 3D later, Avatar looks as gorgeous as ever. It's actually insane how much the CGI holds up today comparative to everything else that's in theaters right now. Just goes to show how ahead of its time this film was in terms of the groundbreaking work that James Cameron and the VFX team did.

    But how is the movie? Is it the overrated Pocahontas ripoff that people keep insisting it is? Hell…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    So when I got back home this past Thursday from my trip to TIFF, I took a rapid COVID test and found out that I'm positive. Thankfully I didn't start getting symptoms until that day and I contacted as many people as possible that I was in contact with and, as far as I know, no one else tested positive. I've been resting for most of the weekend and some of my symptoms have gotten worse since then. As it…

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★½

    TIFF22 Film #25:
    The Fabelmans

    Sure, I can complain about the overwritten drama and some portions that ring emotionally hollow (particularly the antisemitic conflict), but The Fabelmans wears its heart on its sleeve. That positive energy and childlike giddiness that Steven Spielberg has behind the camera goes a long way. The cast give solid performances across the board with Paul Dano being my personal favorite. Look, this is the first time I've enjoyed a Spielberg movie in a decade. I'm happy. Well done.

  • Triangle of Sadness

    Triangle of Sadness

    ★★★★

    TIFF22 Film #24:
    Triangle of Sadness

    I saw this before TIFF and knew immediately I needed to see it with this crowd. Triangle of Sadness is Ruben Östlund's best film to date with biting satire, terrific performances, and a 30-minute stretch in the 2nd act that's one of the funniest things I've ever seen.

  • Women Talking

    Women Talking

    ★★★★

    TIFF22 Film #23:
    Women Talking

    This is one of the most deeply profound films I've seen at TIFF so far. Sarah Polley allows us to observe these women wrestle with the abuse in their community with great honesty and care. The ensemble across the board is tremendous to the point that it's impossible for me to choose an MVP. I'm not sure how I feel about the color pallette but if that's the weakest aspect of Women Talking, then frankly it doesn't matter nor diminish how great this movie is.

  • The People's Joker

    The People's Joker

    TIFF22 Film #22
    The People's Joker

    The only thing that matters with The People's Joker is that Vera Drew had the opportunity to tell her story in her singular vision. Whether or not it works doesn't matter because I'm sure there's an audience of people who will love this. More power to them.

    Update: Unfortunately, the film had to be removed from the festival right after its premiere due to rights issues, even though the movie is protected as a parody. Fuck Warner Brothers Discovery.

  • Broker

    Broker

    ★★★½

    TIFF22 Film #21:
    Broker

    Song Kang-ho warmed my heart here. Hirokazu Kore-eda manages to take material that could have been heavy and infuses it with a positive energy without ever going too sappy or disingenuous. Maybe a bit too long at times, but Broker was a ride worth taking.

  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★½

    TIFF22 Film #20:
    Aftersun

    In terms of father-daughter dramas, Aftersun was very touching. The great performances from Paul Mescal and Francesca Corio help immerse us into the lives of these characters while Charlotte Wells directs it with a lot of patience. I wasn't immediately hooked, but was completely blown away by the ending.

  • Pearl

    Pearl

    ★★★

    TIFF22 Film #19:
    Pearl

    As someone who has not seen X yet (I will soon), Pearl surprisingly works as a standalone film. Even if it took a bit for me to get sucked into the film, it ends up being an effective blend of comedy and horror. Mia Goth's performance took my breath away. Also, stay til the end of the credits!