Finally restored to an acceptable quality after its fan were forced to endure low-quality versions of it for years, North of Superior is a Canadian cult hit short film from IMAX innovator Graeme Ferguson. It was a pride to its country's film fans at the time, but diminished in popularity due to its hard to find nature. Well, TIFF just premiered it in possibly its best looking copy in decades, and as a result, I felt as if I should…
TIFF 2017 film #13
Reason for pick - sounded interesting - heard good thing about Oldman
I’m afraid to say, being a citizen of the colony and all, that I had zero knowledge of how Churchill came to lead England in wartime. My father had all of Churchill’s books, and after my parents passing I’ve dutifully lugged them from domicile to domicile without once cracking them. They currently sit on the bookshelf beside my bed, and I often…
Into the Fade
TIFF 2017 film #14
Reason for Pick - director Fatih Akin
Now THIS is how you make a thriller. After being thoroughly disappointed the other day by Racer and the Jailbird, it’s great to be back on track with writer / director Fatih Akin’s revenge thriller, Info the Fade.
Out of the gate the characters and their feelings for one another come across as completely genuine, and this is established with very little dialogue of consequence…
Well I had to give it another spin about the fabulous Logan Lucky and, yeah, this is still absolutely great as well.
I don’t normally bother all that much with this sort of thing, but good lord Clooney and Lopez are smoking fucking hot, aren’t they? Every single scene together absolutely smoulders between them but the dialogue they are given is perfect as well and never unseats either of them when they’re in full flow.
There are so many bits…
Not the most unbiased film but really I opening about charities and research and how not all parties involved really want to cure or or even help the afflicted if it hurts the bottom line. Matt Embry is a bit unpolished as a subject but clearly wants to help people who share his diagnosis.
Confusing, ridiculous, frustrating and just plain annoying.
mother! is something I usually would adore, it is strange, mythical and it features Jennifer Lawrence, but it has got to be one of the absolute worst things I have ever seen.
The first hour or so I was actually enjoying this, Jennifer does a good job and the camera use is quite brilliant. But slowly but surely things start to get a little grating. Jennifer becomes a bit too much and the…
At several points during Kill Switch you can hear Dan Stevens exclaim, "What the fuck is going on?!"
And if he, a physicist and NASA pilot, can't figure it out then I, an idiot and moron, haven't got much fucking chance, have I?
Kill Switch isn't very good at all, that much is very obvious if you're stupid enough to stick it out to the end. But this is yet another example of a high concept sci-fi film failing to…
Wavelengths is not only the best programme tift holsters but it is also the most daring. PROTOTYPE completely took me by surprise, hearing about how JLG's GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE inspired the cacophonous and chaotic imagry here is no surprise. Williams crafted a film that is narrative-less but more engaging and visceral than most linear films so far this year. The entirely black-and-white grainy(-esque?) color pallet gives the film a haunting feeling that never lets up, when that mixes with the vigorous sound design it becomes even more anxiety-inducing.
I adored this, go see it right away!
(oh, and the 3D was absolutely enthralling.)
Capsule: I'm not sure we need more Churchill biopics. But if they have to be done, I think Joe Wright's method works well: make it loud, splashy, and have a composer score it like their life depended on it. The first half of this is actually very engaging, tracking Churchill's rise to the prime ministership during the early stages of World War II with a gusto that not many stuffy period pieces possess. Gary Oldman is 100% unsubtle and dials…
TIFF 2017 film #15
Reason for pick - my sweetie thought it was set in Porcupine Lake, near Timmins where she grew up. (It wasn’t), also it’s a coming of age of two girls, which is completely refreshing, and to top it off it’s directed by a woman.
It pains me to say that our only Canadian film this year is not a gem. That’s being kind. Being truthful would be to say that it’s a steaming pile…
I'm at the world premiere. I'm the first person to log and review this on Letterboxd. I should probably do something other than post a dumb joke about Saoirse Ronan's eyes like usual. Like a review.
So. Billy Howle is remarkable. In the Q&A post-film, Ian McEwan said he saw a him in a play and asked him to be auditioned, and it's a good thing McEwan fancied a night out at the cinema that day. Maybe it's just me…
One of my friends (he's a snob who reads Proust and a pseudo-intellectual that rates 10 on all C. Nolan movies) said "know for a fact if you see a girl who likes Frances Ha, she's gay". I was prepared to be sceptical and I only watched this movie to hate it because I'm a straight guy and I'm single and I see a lot of 'cool' chicks I like dig Frances Ha. Now I don't know what that wise…