Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Film Review | Heli

​ Winner of this years Best Director Award at Cannes, Amat Escalante's bleak look at life behind the curtain of the Mexican drug wars, is a somber and plodding affair.  Unlikely to find much of...

Film Review | The Summit

​ 'The Summit' is a documentary that follows the ill-fated expeditions to K2 in the Summer of 2008, where 11 of 24 climbers who attempted to reach the summit that year lost their lives.  Like...

Film Review | Big Bad Wolves

​ Aside from being in a different language, this Israeli film could go toe-to-toe with any big budget American thriller.  Beautifully shot and filmed with the kind of production values we're used to seeing in...

Film Review | Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

Another VIFF film set in the rural mountain towns outside of Quebec, this film follows Vic, a recently paroled middle aged woman as she attempts to right her life following a stint in prison. ...

Film Review | Whitewash

​ A rustic drama set in the rural mountains outside of Montreal, Quebec, this film follows Thomas Haden Church as Bruce, a lonely alcoholic widower.   The film begins with a bang, as Bruce drives his...

Movie Review | Michael H., Profession : Director

​A documentary which follows the career of acclaimed art-film raconteur, Michael Haneke, the film is not unlike his work; unconventional, confrontational, and ultimately, thought provoking.  Where most documentaries about film-making are shot as 3rd-person, technical and...

Film Review | A Touch of Sin

​Winner of the Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2013, this film from established Chinese director Jia Zhangke, is a mixed bag of interwoven stories, not unlike "Pulp Fiction" or a Chinese version of "Crash".  There...

Movie Review | Kill Team

​ This is a documentary following the case of army Specialist Adam Winfield and his team in Afghanistan, accused of horrendous war crimes.  The story begins by introducing us to the protagonist of the film, Adam,...

Movie Review | The Project

Made by former CIA attorney and 60 Minutes reporter Adam Ciralsky, the film sets out to tell the story of the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF), a group formed by ex-South African and American...

Film Review | VIFF 2013 Short Film Compilation | Young Offenders

​A short film compilation at VIFF, this featured 9 short films dealing with youth or adolescence.  As with most short film compilations there is always a mix of genres and production quality.  Overall this...