Festivals&Academy

Minari (2021)

A24 never disappoints. The legendary indie company (which was behind the likes of Moonlight, Ex Machina, Room, and Hereditary) has produced another vibrant film. To be fair, Minari will not be everyone’s cup of tea. It is slow. It is gentle. It isn’t entertaining either. But make no mistake: this film is high art. It is […]

Minari (2021)
Drama

TITANE

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Titane is a complex film, one that doesn’t hold back in its portrayal of unconditional love. The bold and sometimes intense imagery of the human body put on display in the film is an unwavering/uncompromising vision. That is the vision of the director, Julia Ducournau. Released to critical acclaim and even winning the palm’d’or at the […]

‘Titane’ and the Politics of Dancing
Documentary

The Devil’s Drivers

Hamouda and his cousin Ismail are Palestinian Bedouins living in the town of Yatta. With few ways to make a decent living, they offer a unique taxi service, driving Palestinian workers across the Negev desert to a southern gap where Israel’s border wall hasn’t been finished. Or smuggling Palestinian workers, I should say, as this […]

The Devil’s Drivers
Drama

‘As in Heaven’ Review: “The Curse of Femininity”

The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off with a rocky start. However, the first films to initiate the festival were anything but disappointing. As in Heaven (Du som er i himlen), Tea Lindeburg’s directorial debut, was nothing short of an artistic dream. On a farm in the 1800s, a young 14-year-old girl named Lise (Flora […]

‘As in Heaven’ Review: “The Curse of Femininity”
Drama

TIFF 2021: “Dear Evan Hansen”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5. There are always moments when we think we are misunderstood, blamed and judged for something we had nothing to do with. Also, people think if we are emotional, loud and extremely cheerful or angry from the outside, we are bad and should be ignored. Evan Hansen (reprising his role […]

TIFF 2021: “Dear Evan Hansen”
Drama

TIFF 2021: “Drive My Car”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5. Japanese cinema is always exquisite, deep and insightful. It knows how to play with words and carefully translate them into actions. And actors? Oh boy! How marvelous they all are. If you find me exaggerating, then you probably haven’t seen “Drive My Car” yet. Yusuke and Oto are a […]

TIFF 2021: “Drive My Car”
Drama

Agnes

Direct from Montreal’s premiere genre film festival, Fantasia, may I present: Agnes. Sphenisciphobia is the fear of nuns. That’s going to be relevant very shortly. Are you afraid of nuns? I don’t find them particularly scary myself, but there is something creepy about them, stripped of identity and personality, existing outside of society, of culture, of […]

Agnes
Documentary

Tribeca 2021: “Enemies of the State”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Nowadays, it is so difficult to differentiate the truth from lies. False allegations and conspiracy theories are easily being spread to be sold as the truths. But the only person who knows what is the truth and what is not is the one who becomes a ‘target’ of it. […]

Tribeca 2021: “Enemies of the State”
Documentary

Tribeca 2021: “Ailey”

Dancing is an important element that helps tell the story of love, passion, struggle, pain and even death. It also reveals the identity of the one who performs it and of those who watch.

From director Jamila Wignot, “Ailey” is a beautifully crafted documentary that centers around Alvin Ailey, an African-American dancer, director, choreographer, and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Tribeca 2021: “Ailey”

Festivals&Academy

Daniel Kaluuya Unintentionally Summed Up Oscars Diversity the Best: There’s Still a Lot of Work to Do

There were high hopes for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)’ 93rd Academy Awards ceremony. For the first time in history, nearly half of the nominees in acting categories were people of color, and 70 women were nominated across all 23 categories. These were unprecedented numbers for an awards show that has existed…

Daniel Kaluuya Unintentionally Summed Up Oscars Diversity the Best: There’s Still a Lot of Work to Do
Festivals&Academy

A Few Late Thoughts On Last Night’s Oscars

Footage of viewers doing what they had to do to make it through last night’s Oscar ceremony This morning, I woke up and I thought about the cult of Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh is a filmmaker who is fervently adored by some film and cultural critics. They eagerly devour his every thought. They examine his annual […]

A Few Late Thoughts On Last Night’s Oscars
Festivals&Academy

RANDOM THOUGHTS: The 2021 Oscars

After a crazy year impacted by a pandemic and following a long extended awards season, we finally get to put 2020 to rest with the Academy Awards. Much like the 2020 movie year, Oscar night was unusual – really weird actually. It was a hodgepodge of highs, lows, and downright bewilderment. There were some major […]

RANDOM THOUGHTS: The 2021 Oscars
Festivals&Academy

2021 Oscar Predictions

List compiled by Eddie on 23/04/2021 The upcoming Academy Awards are going to be an Oscar night unlike any other, a strange reminder of the equally strange world we find ourselves in at the moment but we can be thankful there’s an awards night at all and that despite all the barriers, films continue to […]

2021 Oscar Predictions
Festivals&Academy

Indy Film Library launches its 2021/22 season

Week-long online private screening of top films sees second annual Indy Film Library Awards draw to a close Short documentary Histórias de Lobos [Histories of Wolves] voted winner of Audience Choice Award Submissions opened for 2021/22 season of Indy Film Library’s annual contest Over the last two weeks, Indy Film Library (IFL) has been streaming […]

Indy Film Library launches its 2021/22 season

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