Toxic Dreams of Kate Bush: Bertrand Mandico’s After Blue (TIFF 2021)

By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. A bedazzled, audacious dreamscape riddled with sex and violence and the ever-present spirit of high fashion…. we drift in and out of After Blue like something akin to a fever dream….” If your first encounter with the film worlds of French art-weirdo auteur genius Bertrand Mandico doesn’t […]

Inexorable and the Suffocating Expanses of Fabrice Du Welz (TIFF 2021)

By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. This Belgian filmmaker’s extraordinary mastery over space and his ability to manipulate our experience of it draws me into his frequently dark, sometimes tragic and commonly perverse movies.” There are few filmmakers whose movies so effectively create a sense of claustrophobia, of suffocation, of being closed in […]

Dear Evan Hansen: Not Quite the Broadway Epiphany

By Elias Savada. The new movie adaptation, starring a now 27-year-old Platt, has a few problems…. the conversion to the big screen (of this tale concerning social anxiety disorder) brought the play’s A+ grade down to a B-minus.” Just over six years ago, a high school musical captured my heart […]

Defying a Deadly Game: The Alpinist

By Elias Savada. A penetrating ride up the side of sheer madness, yet a celebration of one man’s individualism.” Been there, seen that. Well, if we’re talking about mountain climbing. No, not me personally. I’ve just watched a lot of rock (climbing) stars in movies glorifying those incredibly epic – […]

Old Math, New Tricks: Paul Schrader’s The Card Counter

By Elias Savada. Some of you may be screaming at Schrader for his obsession with tormented souls in slow-burning, character-driven, and fiercely impulsive dramas. But if anyone’s going to tackle the style, I want him driving the car. And Isaac is his poker face chauffeur in The Card Counter.” In […]

Pervasive Effects: Zhao Liang’s I’m So Sorry

By Yun-hua Chen. With a rather comprehensive scope, the documentary’s subject matter spans from the mid of 20th century to recent past and ongoing present, and encompasses the full spectrum of nuclear weapons, nuclear plants, and the storage of high-level radioactive waste.” The director of the documentary I’m So Sorry, […]

Smiles in the World of Tiles: Lily Topples the World

By Elias Savada. A lovely little crowd pleaser, devoid of drama but filled with captivating artistry.” Like a leisurely afternoon watching fun YouTube videos, Lily Topples the World collects a bunch of those, and more, as it puts a smile on your face as worlds (of tile) tumble. No matter […]